* This term does not represent actual data rate of 480Mbps, 5Gbps & 3Gbps and simply indicates compliance with USB 2.0, USB 3.0 & SATA II standards. Actual maximum data rate depends on PC configurations, cable conditions as well as connected devices.
I wasn't exactly sure how to title this post, so I'll go into detail. I recently bought a USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE adapter as I have some old drives laying around and want to use them for storage. I purchased: (As a side note, the above piece did not come with an AC adapter and I had to buy one separately.
Well.I bought a cheaper yet similar item on clearance to use the AC adapter. I doubt that's relevant, but I'm adding it anyways.) So, as my first project, I was give a hard drive from a family member's dying laptop to see if the files are salvageable (I believe they are). The drive is a 2.5' Seagate Momentus 5400.6 HDD.
It uses SATA. The drive powers on fine. The computer has recognized my adapter and correctly installed the drivers. However, it has attempted to install drivers for the drive as 'USB Mass Storage Device' and has failed. I assume this means I need a different driver for the drive? But I'm not sure that is correct. I did not see any related drivers on Seagate's page.
I am unable to detect a new drive on My Computer and Disk Management only displays my system's drives. So my question is what am I doing wrong and how do I fix it.
Do I need a different set of drivers? Or is there another reason why the 'USB Mass Storage Device' drivers fail? EDIT: Forgot to mention I'm using Windows 7 64-Bit. My system does support USB 3.0 as well. Not sure what else would be relevant, but if more specs will help, I can provide. EDIT 2: So, doing some more troubleshooting, I believe I have misidentified the issue.
Ghost software for cloning. As I said earlier I bought an older USB to IDE/SATA adapter because I needed the SATA power supply. I figured, 'why not?'
And decided to try to use it with the drive. Lo and behold, it works fine, I am able to read the drive. So.I take it this means the issue is with my adapter. (Why not just use the working one?
It's a USB 2.0. Push come to shove, I'll just be happy with it, but I have USB3 and want to use it lol). This being said, any ideas?
Thank you for your help! So, doing some more troubleshooting, I believe I have misidentified the issue.
As I said earlier I bought an older USB to IDE/SATA adapter because I needed the SATA power supply. I figured, 'why not?' And decided to try to use it with the drive. Lo and behold, it works fine, I am able to read the drive. So.I take it this means the issue is with my adapter. (Why not just use the working one? It's a USB 2.0.
Push come to shove, I'll just be happy with it, but I have USB3 and want to use it lol). This being said, any ideas? Are there any remarked devices in device manager? (Not to be confused with devices and printers panel) I'm not sure what is and is not remarkable. When no drive is attached, the adapter shows up in 3 locations on the device manager. Under Disc Drives as: Generic ATA/ATAPI Device USB Device Under Portable Devices as: F: (but this F: does not show up in drive management.) Under Universal Serial Bus controllers as: USB Mass Storage Device Those are the ones I believe disappear when it disconnects. It shows up as USB Mass Storage Device on Devices and Printers, and when I open it's properties those are listed under Hardware as well.
Once I attach a drive, the only thing that appears is the USB Mass Storage Device from above. Does that make any sense or any help? Also, as I updated, I believe the issue is the bridge, not the drive. These adapters are hit and miss, especially since the majority of 'cheap' usb 3.0 devices were made when the standard was fairly new. It's not surprising.
I bought three similar adapters back when, before getting one that actually works right. Try returning it first, buying another brand second.
To my experience, this is another area where more expensive versions tend to be worthwhile while cheaper ones tend to be failures. That makes sense. I can work with the USB 2.0 for a while. Is there any brand you would suggest?
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(Solved) - USB 2.0 to IDE or SATA adapter cable(5 posts)
Several years ago I purchased a set of 'USB to IDE or SATA adapter cables' made by StarTech.com. I used them several time on my old Windows XP computer but I never tried them on my Windows 7 computer until now. They still work fine when I connect an internal IDE hard drive using these cable through my USB port but when I attempted to connect an SATA internal hard drive I got an error telling me that Windows 7 could not find a driver. I went to StarTech.com web site looking for a driver for Windows 7 but when you go to their download section there is no driver to download. I tried contacting them by email well over a week ago and got no response even though when i completed there form to send the email it said I would get a reply within 48 hours. Does anyone know where I can get a driver for this set of cables that will make it work on Windows 7. I know that I can just open my computer and connect it internally but the reason I purchased these cables in the first place is so I will not have to do that. The driver cd that came with these cables does not have a driver that will work for Windows 7.
found this from some feedback another user / owner of this device left ..
[quote]'Here's how to install it so it will work for you:
Have the drive turned on and running when you plug it into your (running) computer's USB. If you get a 'Found New Hardware' message, you're good. If not, click Start, and right click on My Computer, go to Device Manager, right click on Disk Drives and click Scan For Hardware Changes. After the scan, see if the drive shows up. If it doesn't, just reboot and it should show up. After the drive has been detected once, it will behave like a flash drive. Just always remember to use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' feature when you unplug the USB, and always be sure the drive is running when you plug in the USB.'[/quote]
it might be worth the shot and might do the trick for you. i stopped scouring the feedback when i found that but feel free to check some more incase someone else has another suggestion.
see here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200155
Thank you Vistual. I tried what you said and at first I thought it didn't work then I remembered that this is a new hard drive and it will not show up until I initialize it, assign a drive letter and partition it. Once I did that it now shows up. I thank you for helping me through this and jogging my memory.
i should be thanking you ..
might end up buying one of those things now!
I find it very useful when I am fixing up old computers which I do a lot of. I pick up old computer that don't work, fix them up and find them new homes with families that cannot afford to purchase computer but need them for school work. Again; thank you.
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