Win 8 not allowing me to browse USB disk drive


My old XP box finally died and I replaced it with a new Dell XPS 8500 with Windows 8. I am trying to get some files off of the disk from my XP machine, but not having much luck.

I bought a USB to SATA adtapter and plugged it into the disk. Turned on the power and the disk spun up! So far, so good.

Next I plugged it into the USB on the Win 8 machine. It shows up under device manager as a USB mass storage device, but with no drive letter assigned I can't access the data on the drive.

I tried using Disk Manager and it shows up as disk 1, uninitialized. I can't get disk manager to recognize it either.

I tried it on a Windows 7 laptop with the same results.

Any ideas on how to get my files off the old drive would be appreciated!

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