My old XP box finally died, so I bought a shiny, new Dell XPS 8500. I bought a USB 2.0 to SATA drive adapter, connected it to the drive from my XP machine and it spun up fine. Unfortunately I can't figure out how to access any files on the drive. I can see it using disk management, but is shows up as uninitialized. It seems like the drive is physically all right, but I can't seem to access it using file explorer.
Anyone have any suggestions on how I might be able to get some files off the old drive?
Could be the adapter
I've bought quite a few USB to SATA adapters in my time and had issue with quite a lot of them. This is a common result. Try plugging the drive directly into the Dell. Just open the case. You'll probably have a SATA cable and power going to a DVD drive, so unplug that and plug the old drive in using the same cables. Boot up and see if the drive shows up correctly this way.