Sabrent 5in1 USB-DSC5 USB2.0 to SATA & IDE cables HDD not in Windows Explorer
I just bought this solution to save me having to open my external cases and uninstalling then reinstalling drives all the time. I needed SATA & PATA support so I thought this was the right item for me. I installed a SATA drive out of the box using this adapter, no problem. Today i am trying to access a Win98SE FAT32 13GB drive to remove the files so I can reuse the drive elswhere. I'm trying to access it on my WinXP Pro Dell XPS w/3gb RAM. The drive is listed in the Device Manager but it does not show up in Windows Explorer. I know USB Thumb drives using FAT32 have shown up without problem on this system, am I doing something wrong? I hooked up drive to adapter, adapter to PC, started PC. HDD jumper is set to Master, connectors are attached correctly. What could be going on?
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You could buy an external HDD case that's compatible with the type and size of drive you bought. Probably SATA or IDE. The external HDD plugs into your USB port and will automatically be recognized by the Win 8.1 OS
USB external hard drive cases are supplied with SATA and power connectors attached to the circuit board in the case. If you canot connect it to the SATA hard drive then you may have the wrong drive case, your case may be a IDE or SCSI type.
1) Depends on whether you are using an external or internal Hard disk drive
2) If it is external HDD, ensure that the USB cable is plugged into the PC for auto connectivity
3) If it is an internal HDD, You have to unscrew your metal case, look for the 3.5 inches in rectangular dimension metal device screwed onto your CPU casing. Ensure that there is a physical cable connection between the HDD to the Motherboard. The cable that will direct you to the HDD from the Motherboard should either be the SATA (Small Flat headed Red cable) or the IDE cable (white flat 24 pin cable)
On the HDD brand label there should be a Capacity size in MB or GB or TB, Cylinders, Heads and ensure that the poswer supply is connected to the HDD if it is an IDE HDD
Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.
Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external ,
go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk
Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your
local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the
drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".
If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your
computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.
Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your
computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem
is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.
Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.
The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all
when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem.
On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use
to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will
cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a
clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be
The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If
you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer
functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should
be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last
step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you
can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.
last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey
zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it
failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the
external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened
components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other
components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty
part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the
time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it
still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working
perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is
to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.
A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.
I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.
I have had a different problem with this product. But, I have read many postings on its problems. It seems that for certain hard drives the jumper should be set for something other than 'master', either CS or no jumper at all. This seems to be true for only certain HD's.