Hard drive not detected from old computer

Hi
My parents want their old photos off of their old computer, It was a vista machine if that makes any difference.
I have tried a sata to usb adaptor and the drive was not detected at all, i tried disk management everything I could find on the internet but the drive was not detected at all, though it had power and i could hear it spin up. I cant put it back in the old machine as i think the cpu has died.
Any help please
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  1. The Abacus said:
    Hi
    My parents want their old photos off of their old computer, It was a vista machine if that makes any difference.
    I have tried a sata to usb adaptor and the drive was not detected at all, i tried disk management everything I could find on the internet but the drive was not detected at all, though it had power and i could hear it spin up. I cant put it back in the old machine as i think the cpu has died.
    Any help please


    What type of drive is it, and what exact "sata to usb adaptor" are you using?
  2. and its possible for it to spin up though still not get detected

    have had it a couple of times before--even though other drives worked fine

    using a samsung usb to sata adapter

    try connecting it to your pc as a second hard drive instead
  3. its a seagate barraccuda and its a generic brand adaptor, i know thats probably not the best but i didnt need speed
    i will see if there pc has the power plugs for it, as it is an ex office unit
  4. The Abacus said:
    its a seagate barraccuda and its a generic brand adaptor, i know thats probably not the best but i didnt need speed
    i will see if there pc has the power plugs for it, as it is an ex office unit


    "a generic brand adapter" tells us nothing.
    I asked, because a single USB port will not supply the correct power to a 3.5" drive.

    You need a USB-SATA thing that also plugs into the wall to provide the correct power to the drive.
  5. Never mind i sorted it, i think the cable is broken, so i plugged the hard drive directly into the pc internally which worked.
    thanks for yall help
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