USB 2.0 IDE/SATA cable/interface - Driver required?

I have a USB 2.0 IDE/SATA cable/interface, (HW-338?), which gets detected by my Win XP (SP3) system, but is declared as an unknown device. Therefore, an IDE or SATA drive plugged into it are not seen. (The drives do run up ok, via the separate power supply).
No driver cd was supplied with the device, and the vendor insists that I don't need a driver for Windows XP.

(The black plastic device has 2.5" and 3.5" drive interface connectors back-to-back, a SATA connector near one end of the body, and a sparkly silver USB cable coming out of the other end.

Can anyone advise me, or point me in the direction of a solution? ...Please?

AndySwain
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  1. try it on another computer, and it has a power cord you are plugging in too right?
  2. andyswain said:
    I have a USB 2.0 IDE/SATA cable/interface, (HW-338?), which gets detected by my Win XP (SP3) system, but is declared as an unknown device. Therefore, an IDE or SATA drive plugged into it are not seen. (The drives do run up ok, via the separate power supply).
    No driver cd was supplied with the device, and the vendor insists that I don't need a driver for Windows XP.

    (The black plastic device has 2.5" and 3.5" drive interface connectors back-to-back, a SATA connector near one end of the body, and a sparkly silver USB cable coming out of the other end.

    Can anyone advise me, or point me in the direction of a solution? ...Please?

    AndySwain


    Mine says that after you hook it up you need to go into computer management>disk management and assign a drive letter.
  3. I have a similar device, USB2SATAIDE from startech.com and I see it under disk management, but it states "Disk 1; Unknown; Not Initialized" When you try to Initialize it states "Device not ready". I've rebooted with the hard drive attached and it won't work, get the same issue. Have the Startech drivers, tried to use any one of those and Win 7 pro just comes back with "Disk Drive" as the type of device and the current drivers, still doesn't work. Device Manager sees it as a USB Device under Disk Drives. I've tried different hard drives, and different computers, all state the same issue. I'm guessing all the different hard drives I've tried are not bad drives. I was able to load Windows onto one when it was the main hard drive, but will not run as a USB attached device.
  4. andyswain said:
    I have a USB 2.0 IDE/SATA cable/interface, (HW-338?), which gets detected by my Win XP (SP3) system, but is declared as an unknown device. Therefore, an IDE or SATA drive plugged into it are not seen. (The drives do run up ok, via the separate power supply).
    No driver cd was supplied with the device, and the vendor insists that I don't need a driver for Windows XP.

    (The black plastic device has 2.5" and 3.5" drive interface connectors back-to-back, a SATA connector near one end of the body, and a sparkly silver USB cable coming out of the other end.

    Can anyone advise me, or point me in the direction of a solution? ...Please?

    AndySwain
  5. Here is the usual solution: Ignore the instruction sheet where it says to set the drive as MASTER. This almost never works and your system will not recognize it. To fix the problem set the drive you are trying to use at the standard CABLE SELECT setting. Then plug the USB cable back into your computer it should recognize it without a problem after a second.
    (Romanticapped)
  6. In my case where I encountered "Device not ready" I had to try it a couple of times. unplug all cables. Then plug the Ultra adapter power cable into the drive. It won't spin up because it's already warm. Then re-plug the usb into the laptop, at that point, the drive starts spinning up, and drive is recognized as initialized in Disk Management.

    -awgtek
  7. same problem i faced when i try to connect my pata hdd with usb-ide cable, after many experiments i found solution,

    just make hdd pins jumper to "cable select" and all set, enjoy.
  8. I have 7 external drives. All worked on Win7. When I ‘upgraded’ to Win10, the 4 drives connected by SATA/USB adapters, are not recognized. The USB ports all work fine. The drives are not all ‘dead’, all at once. The Disk Mgmt allots a space and assigns a drive letter, but does not read the drive, reporting ‘no media’, as if it is a card reader. The Device Manager sees the adapter, but not the drive. I can only assume that it is a driver issue for the adapters, although Dev Mgr ‘update driver’ reports it has the most current drivers. So is this just another of the many issues that Win 10 has yet to resolve? Curiouser and curiouser….
  9. most likely, yes, it is a Win 10 problem combined with the touchy interface. Are the external drives capable of being set to 'cable select?' I tried the Win 10 upgrade and my DVD/CD player refused to be recognized no matter what I tried though it worked just fine in Win 7. Win 10 seems to have other driver issues as well including sound and video on different systems. It may take a few months for Microsoft to figure it all out. You are aware of the default 'information gathering' in Win 10 also I hope. Best to wait on the upgrade and go back to 7 for now, though I do like the look and feel of 10 better than 8.1 It just takes too much control away from the user at this point and is full of errors yet.
  10. cesareDH said:
    andyswain said:
    I have a USB 2.0 IDE/SATA cable/interface, (HW-338?), which gets detected by my Win XP (SP3) system, but is declared as an unknown device. Therefore, an IDE or SATA drive plugged into it are not seen. (The drives do run up ok, via the separate power supply).
    No driver cd was supplied with the device, and the vendor insists that I don't need a driver for Windows XP.

    (The black plastic device has 2.5" and 3.5" drive interface connectors back-to-back, a SATA connector near one end of the body, and a sparkly silver USB cable coming out of the other end.

    Can anyone advise me, or point me in the direction of a solution? ...Please?

    AndySwain


    Mine says that after you hook it up you need to go into computer management>disk management and assign a drive letter.


    Have just found that assigning the drive letter was stopping my disc from showing up in the windows environment. Even though the drive had just been formatted using windows management tool.
    After drive letter assigned the disc shows up as a Hard Disk and is now available to the Alienware respawn program, which it did not do before.

    PLEASE MARK AS SOLUTION; cesareDH
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