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

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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.