SATA cable Hard Drive

I am trying to connect a hard drive from another pc to my HP laptop with a SATA to USB cable. The drive shows up in My Computer as a Removable Media Drive. What am I doing wrong?
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  1. Since you are connecting via USB cable (if I understand what you are doing), it is a removable drive. Are you having trouble accessing the drive now?
  2. COLGeek said:
    Since you are connecting via USB cable (if I understand what you are doing), it is a removable drive. Are you having trouble accessing the drive now?


    It asks me to insert a disk. It assumes it is a dvd or cd drive
  3. Then there must a formatting issue. What SATA/USB adapter are you using?
  4. it's called SATA Wire Upgrade Kit and came with Cloning Software called
    apricom EZ Gig III
  5. Is this the device?

    http://www.amazon.com/Apricorn-Notebook-Drive-Upgrade-ASW-USB-25/dp/B002EUCU3O

    Also, make sure the drive is connected when you power on your system. BTW, what make/model of laptop did the drive come out of?
  6. Yes. The drive is from a Dell Optiplex GX520. 160 GB.
  7. Was that drive encrypted when in the Optiplex?

    Also, is the drive recognized by Disk Management (Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management)?
  8. I don't know if it was encrypted. Disk Management recognizes Disk but states "No Media"
  9. Something doesn't look right ...

    Your "Apricorn SATA Wire Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit" is intended for laptop HDDs. These HDDs are powered from the USB port and are 5V only.

    The Dell Optiplex GX520 is a desktop machine. The HDD in that machine would be a 3.5" model. Desktop HDDs require 5V and 12V and therefore cannot be powered from a USB port.
  10. fzabkar said:
    Something doesn't look right ...

    Your "Apricorn SATA Wire Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit" is intended for laptop HDDs. These HDDs are powered from the USB port and are 5V only.

    The Dell Optiplex GX520 is a desktop machine. The HDD in that machine would be a 3.5" model. Desktop HDDs require 5V and 12V and therefore cannot be powered from a USB port.

    If this is a 3.5 HDD, the adapter can't provide enough power to it.
  11. I thought it was a power problem. It is a 3.5" drive. I'll take it to someone hos can ge the info off it. So you know if there is an adapter device for this drive. I have one that I used years ago from another computer, but the plugs are not compatible.

    Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate it.
  12. Try something like this device:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071

    Works with both 3.5 and 2.5 HDDs.
  13. Solved! Bought a hard drive enclosure with a separate power supply. Working great.

    Thanks for all your help. You made it a lot easier to diagnose.
  14. Congrats! Have fun!!
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