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>> Can't see external USB Hard Drive???

by theboxer5 / January 14, 2010 10:40 AM PST

Hi I bought a PC USB to IDE/SATA Converter Cable and I connect a 2.5" laptop IDE internal hard drive to my USB port. I see it's being connected under the right icon of "Safely Remove Hardware" as a USB Mass Storage Device. But in My Computer I DON'T see the external hard drive at all?? How can I see the hard drive so I can get some data from it. This also happen when I connect a 3.5" desktop IDE internal hard drive to the USB port. Somehow it don't show up in my computer.
But the funny thing is if I connect an IDE CD-ROM drive it works fine. What's going on? Any help is appreciated.

I'm using Windows XP Pro SP3.
The usb cabe is 13796 PCA BUSBX0017 and I bought it at Amazon at this link :

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This happens when
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2010 11:12 AM PST
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I used another HDD
by theboxer5 / January 14, 2010 11:27 AM PST
In reply to: This happens when

I toke one working IDE hard drive from one computer with Windows XP Pro that use the same NTFS but the problem is the same. The "Safely Remove Hardware" icon can spot it as a USB Mass Storage Device but the MY COMPUTER does NOT show the Hard Drive. Maybe the USB connector is defective. ?

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You can't know until
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2010 12:42 PM PST
In reply to: I used another HDD

You partition and format a drive on that adapter. Not all adapters allow movement from internal to external but so far your test means I've try another drive.

Does the drive show in DISK MANAGEMENT?

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(NT) Did you try the LaCie Miracle?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2010 12:45 PM PST
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Problem Solved.
by theboxer5 / January 15, 2010 3:10 PM PST

I found out the problem. You can only connect it directly to the motherboard USB port - it DOESN'T work on an extension USB hub or on a PCI USB card. And you have to connect it in a certain way with the LAST step connecting the female USB end to the motherboard USB port.

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SIIG 2.0 to USB sata/ide converter
by smithj49357 / June 11, 2010 11:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Problem Solved.

I don't see the hard drive in "my computer"? I'm using Win 7 upgraded from vista. Thought I did and so unplugged it to make sure but the drive stayed. Also I don't have a USB eject option any where?

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I used a different hard drive and have the option to unplug
by smithj49357 / June 11, 2010 11:49 AM PDT

I used a different hard drive and have the option to unplug the usb to ata/atapi bridge adapter. The hard drives used are each IDE for desktop. If there for desktop does that make them 3.5 automatically?

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