You can try to connect the hard drive to a different computer using the converter.
You can also test the hard drive with a USB hard drive enclosure which lets you determine if the hard drive is functional.
If the USB enclosure works, you may have to change the USB to SATA Converter Cable Adapter.
If not, the hard drive may have failed.
Hope this helps.
Thanks and Regards,
I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160G HD that I am trying to get data off of from a desktop. I am trying to connect it to a new laptop running windows 8. The usb recognizes a flash drive but not the HD. In computer management nothing shows up in either device manager or disk management. I also tried plugging the HD into all 3 usb ports.
I ordered http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-TO-IDE-SATA-S-SATA-Converter-CABLE-Adaptor-w-POWER-/130812191130?pt=US_Drive_Cables_dapters&hash=item1e7503a19a
The HD spins when powered up with this cable and the sata to usb I tried in every port, nothing. Any ideas?