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Solved SATA/IDE USB Adapter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vajovic, Nov 12, 2019.

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  1. vajovic

    vajovic Thread Starter

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    After some delay I finally got my SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter early this month. I have set up the hard drive and adapter according to the instructions, but I have yet to complete the project. According the the instructions I have gone as far as connecting the adapter to the USB port (after disconnecting the keyboard).

    step 11: When connected properly, the hard drive should be automatically detected showing the device in file explorer.

    I find the file explorer under Windows System. Where should I be looking for the drive in the file explorer?

    Also, under "disconnecting the adapter" I need to know where the system tray is, click the green "Unplug or Eject Hardware", "Safely Remove Hardware", click on "Stop".
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  2. cwwozniak

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    Expand the entry for Desktop in the left pane in File Explorer and then double click on This PC. The right pane (center pane if file preview pane is showing) should have a section called "Devices and drives." Your external drive should show up as a removable disk.

    You can right-click on the drive's icon in File Explorer and choose "Eject" from the pop-up menu to close the drive. You can then safely disconnect it.

    Why did you unplug the keyboard when connecting the drive adapter? Are you using a laptop?
     
  3. plodr

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    System tray is by the clock.
    Eject icon looks something like this
    Remove-a-Flash-Drive-from-a-Windows-10.jpg
     
  4. vajovic

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    Q: Why did you unplug the keyboard when connecting the drive adapter? Are you using a laptop?

    A: I unplugged the keyboard because I see only only 2 USB ports on this desktop (Acer Aspire Z).

    I will work on this immediately and post again soon. I don't want to give my local computer guy $75 for data recovery when I have the adapter.
     
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    Thank you for the explanation. Very unusual for a desktop PC these days to have less than 4 or 6 USB ports since a keyboard and mouse each use a USB port. I could see a basic laptop having only two USB ports.
     
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    The computer he is attaching the hard drive to is this: Acer Aspire Z, AZC-700G-UW61
    (I read thru his earlier thread on the problem XP computer).

    It took me awhile to find the number of ports. It appears it has 4 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port.
    So there should be 5 USB ports available. Look around the unit to find them.
     
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    The other ports that I can see are HDMI out, Ethernet, and there is another on the bottom of the PC that I think is unmarked, I will take another look later.
    I got the drive to appear in the file explorer, but I am prompted to choose one of two IBM Preload (E). Books, CFG Safe, documents and settings, drivers, etc. One Preload has 15 items, the other has 17. I need to know what to do next.
     
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    If you get a screen to pop open when you connect the drive, it sounds like you may have Autorun enabled for the USB ports. If you cannot simply close the screen with the prompts, disconnect the external drive, disable Autorun, and reconnect the drive. That should allow you to explore the contents. Here is information on Autorun and how to disable it.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/967715/how-to-disable-the-autorun-functionality-in-windows

    That all depends on what you want to do with the contents of the drive and you would have a better idea of is stored on it than any of us. Exactly what is the project you mention in your first post?
     
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    I think he want to get files off of an internal hard drive from an XP computer that will not boot.

    I don't run Windows 10. I only know how to search an XP hard drive on a Windows 7 computer so I'll bow out now.
     
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    If you check the pictures at the link below there are 2 x Usb 3 ports on the back and 2 more on the left hand side, as seen from the front.

    https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-AZC-700G-UW61-All-One/dp/B01BPMAZL0

    No sign of a Usb 2 port but that might be the one on the bottom and since they are a black colour inside rather than the blue for Usb 3 it might be hard to see.
     
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    1: What I want to do is take the notepad documents and music files on my old hard drive and copy them into the new computer.
    2: I see the USB ports on the side of the PC.
     
  13. cwwozniak

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    Does the drive show in the left pane of Windows Explorer?

    If so, right-click on it and choose "Open" that should show the directory structure of the drive. User documents would typically be in:

    \Documents and Settings\$USER$\My Documents
    Where $USER$ would be the actual user name on the XP computer
     
  14. vajovic

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    Tried again before going back Online. With the adapter connected a prompt come on the screen: select to choose next what happens with removable drives. And another prompt that I wrote down is "Autoplay
    perform the default action for the selected media or device." I will try again according to your last post.
     
  15. vajovic

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    I think I am seeing the list of windows documents that came with the drive, but I don't see any of my files. Are they still there? How do I locate them if they are. I do have the important files on floppy disks. If I have to I will buy a floppy disk converter, but I would like to solve this problem instead of that.
     
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