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    SATA HDD via USB ports

    I'm trying to get a new internal 500gb WD SATA hard drive to be recognized when plugged into external USB ports. The drive is not in an external HDD enclosure.

    I have a SATA to USB adapter cable that used to work fine for this type of thing on XP computers. The adapter has 2 USB male terminals.........one for power and one for data.

    When I connect the HDD to the computer via USB and go to DISK MANAGEMENT that sees the drive and assigns a drive letter. However it does not see the disk media. It states in NO MEDIA the left column and the right hand column in DISK MANAGEMENT is blank.

    There is nothing wrong with the new HDD. When I couldn't get it to be recognized I installed it internally where it was immediately recognized. I took the opportunity while installed internally to format the drive. However once removed it is still not seen in DISK MANAGEMENT when plugged into USB.

    I have tried this in both front and rear USB ports on the PC with the same results.

    Do I need another SATA adapter for this. I see one on New Egg that looks like it might be what I need:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812816111

    This is driving me a bit nuts. USB memory sticks work just fine on this Windows 8 PC but I can't get external HDDs to be recognized.

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    BH

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    BH,

    What is the power rating on the WD unit? with 2 USB 2.0 connectors you're getting a max of 1000mw (500 each) or 1800mW if USB 3.0 ports (900mW each). So if the WD HDD is taking more than that it is most likely not spinning the platters properly if at all just the electronics are working. HTH
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    Does the drive need to be formatted as NTFS and set up for first time usage?
    This can be one from within Windows 8 disk manager.

    If your able to get the drive recognized in disk manager then your SATA to USB cable you currently have should be fine.
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    Good point RG, the OP would need a POWERED external enclosure.
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    You need something more like this for a 3.5 inch bare external drive. 2.5" notebook and SSDs should light up and work fine on just the USB power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.U.N. downtown View Post
    You need something more like this for a 3.5 inch bare external drive. 2.5" notebook and SSDs should light up and work fine on just the USB power.
    Thanks everyone. I just tried a SSD I had on the shelf and it sees it fine. I'll order up an externally powered SATA adapter.

    BH
    Last edited by bhdavis; 2013-06-05 at 15:35.

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