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Unable to access old XP drive using USB to SATA adapter in Win 8

By molszowy ·
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?

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by richardhx

How did the XP box die?
It is possible that the hard drive had some of its records corrupted which could appear as you are seeing. I would look into finding someone who has good hard-drive repair software that can check for this and perhaps repair the file tables on the disk.

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Could be the adapter

by gechurch In reply to Unable to access old XP d ...

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.

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