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

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June 7, 2009 11:20:10 AM

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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June 7, 2009 5:31:42 PM

try it on another computer, and it has a power cord you are plugging in too right?
November 20, 2011 12:31:31 AM

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.
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January 18, 2013 2:02:12 PM

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.
March 15, 2013 10:22:50 AM

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


March 15, 2013 10:23:15 AM

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)
March 23, 2013 9:35:09 AM

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
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