Windows does not recognize USB disk drive Tags: Disk Drive USB Windows 8 Windows XP Last response: November 30, 2012 3:40 AM in Windows 8 Share molszowy November 22, 2012 2:42:38 PM Hi, My XP machine finally died on me, so I brought a new Dell XPS 8500 with Windows 8. I am trying to get data from my XP machine's disk drive. I bought a USB to SATA adapter and pulled the drive from my old machine. I connected it and powered it up and the disk spun up ok. After connecting the USB cable to my new PC, Windows 8 sees it under device manager and disk manager, but it doesn't assign it a drive letter so I can't browse it to copy my files. Disk manager shows a disk 1 as uninitialized, and I can't get it to recognize it as a USB disk and assign a drive letter. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance. More about : windows recognize usb disk drive Brett928S2 a b * Windows 8 November 22, 2012 4:31:06 PM Hi Sounds like a crashed hard drive... what makes you think its ok ? All the best Brett molszowy November 28, 2012 11:15:53 PM I guess I am just an optimist :-) It spins up and Windows sees a disk drive, but thinks it's uninitialized. I am hoping it is something between XP and Win 8, since the drive is from my old XP machine. I've tried it on Win 7 and Win 8 machines with no luck. I might try it from Linux next. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer johnbl a b * Windows 8 November 30, 2012 3:40:37 AM Put the device directly on a sata port and check its function. Some of the sata to USB converters do not work very well. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources windows does not recognize disk drive Forum Xp does not recognize a disk in the drive Forum Windows does not recognize my seagate hard drive Forum External USB 2.0 DVD-RW does not recognize any disk ( USB 1.1.. Forum Windows 7 does not recognize my new built HDD Forum Windows XP 2002 Home Edition won't recognize USB drives Forum Why does Windows no longer recognize hard drives Forum Disk Managment does not recognize hard drive Forum Windows 7 does not recognize Mator USB drive Forum WINDOWS REPAIR DOES NOT RECOGNIZE MY INSTALLATION Forum Vista doesn't recognize my external USB drive Forum Vista and XP don't recognize an external AT Drive with USB connection Forum Windows 7 does not recognize a E-GPV Game pad usb device Forum USB Flash drive not recognized?!? Forum Windows 7 does not recognize USB pen Forum Hirens BootCD does not recognize my hard drive Forum Unable to recognize the hitachi touro pro external hard disk Forum Need help Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows 8 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security !