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USB to SATA/IDE adapter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jack mathis, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. jack mathis

    jack mathis Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I recently bought a USB to SATA/IDE adapter so I could backup data from several old laptop IDE HD's. Worked great! Now I am trying to use on standard IDE hard drives and I can't veiw the data. The system i'm using is running XP. Would anyone now why these hard drives show up in Device Manager as being seen as hardware but no data can be viewed?

    Thanks in advance for any support on this matter!

    Jack
     
  2. fairnooks

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    Just all the normal reasons, hidden folder data, the drive was overwritten or formatted, just the data table was lost.

    Its more informational if you go to Disk Management and see what the readings and indications for the drive are there.
     
  3. jack mathis

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    Thanks fairnooks for responding. This HD works perfectly fine in the computer I took it out of. It's a secondary HD in the original computer. No hidden files or reformatting or lost data table. Thanks again for responding

    Jack
     
  4. fairnooks

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    I guess I'd be wondering about a funky adapter then. I'm assuming the port is a different one from the laptop IDE connector. I'm not sure which pins are responsible for which function(s) but if detection and data channels are discrete then it could be faulty (be detected but show no data).

    Hook it up similar to the original computer if possible to test that possibility or see if another IDE drive responses the same way or not. Also in disk management, does it show as normal? Correct size, have a drive letter, show NTFS or FAT32 file system and the amount of free space?
     
  5. TheOutcaste

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    Welcome to TSG!

    If it's a secondary in the original PC it's jumpered as a slave. The adapter probably needs it to be jumpered as a Master, so change the jumper and try it set as Master.

    HTH

    Jerry
     
  6. Lucky5tar

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    Also try the adapter (USB) in another PC.

    I've had a simlair problem before, unfortunately XP doesn't always adapt well to IDE drives that aren't the bootable disk it's running off.
     
  7. fairnooks

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    Having it jumpered master or slave make no difference with my Sabrent adapter but maybe on a different brand or model it does. I know that the drive will not be detected correctly in the cap limit setting (unless its already been formatted and running that way) or CS (cable select). In each case they usually produce rather obvious and pronounced errors.
     
  8. jack mathis

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    Thanks again Fairnooks... I'm starting to question the funky adapter... In disk management the drive shows up as unreadable but present. I tried another IDE HD with same results. Using the other connection on the adapter to the laptop IDE hd's works fine. Tried another computer usb port with same results. I have sent an email to the manufacture yesterday but have not heard back. I will let you know what I find. Thanks again!

    Jack
     
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