Accessing a sata to usb hard drive Tags: Hard Drives Sata Usb Storage Last response: March 27, 2013 12:58 AM in Storage Share capfan8 December 27, 2010 12:39:48 AM Hello, I have attached a hard drive using a sata to usb bridge cable. I am using windows 7 and the device shows up in the device manager but it is not listed in the drives. How do I access the data on the drive, thanks for your responses. More about : accessing sata usb hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to capfan8 Register or log in to remove sminlal Storage Expert December 27, 2010 5:59:49 AM Is this a new drive? If so, you'll need to partition and format it before Windows will assign a drive letter to it, and it needs a drive letter before it will show up in Windows Explorer. Click "Start" -> Right-click "Computer" and select "Manage" Click "Disk Management" in the left pane Scroll to the BOTTOM of the middle pane and find your drive. Right-click it and create a volume (this partitions the drive) and then format it. Once you've done this, it should have a drive letter and it should show up in Windows Explorer. | Report abuse Reply to sminlal mariemac64 March 27, 2013 12:58:39 AM Thanks so much this did the trick | Report abuse Reply to mariemac64 Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Accessing a sata to usb hard drive> Related ressources: ForumProblem Ejecting USB and SATA HDD with nothing accessing them ForumAccessing SATA hard drive ForumReclaiming Files on Hard Drive Using Sata to USB Adapters ForumTrouble Accessing Files on HDD using IDE/ SATA to USB adapter ForumAccessing files from rescued hard drive ForumAccessing SATA hard disk via e- sata cable Forum500GB sata hard disk not detected in BIOS and Disk management using USB sata cab ForumSATA cable Hard Drive ForumHard drive speed too slow - SSD, USB 2.0, IDE, SATA ForumExternal USB Hard Drive problems ForumHard drive ( SATA ) with operating system converted to external usb ForumCan't Access Data From Hard Drive Through USB Adapter ForumTrouble accessing a laptop hard drive from my PC ForumHard drive accessing alot ForumIDE/ SATA to USB Adaptor not picking up drive . ForumDoes SATA external hard drive work with usb connection ForumConvert internal Sata to USB ForumSSD swap for Avatar 145A2 Ultrabook? ForumDoes formatting an external drive erase files ForumMaximum RAID drive size More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !