PhilR1602MemberJanuary 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm #166780
I have an issue with a SATA to USB cable connected to a brand new Seagate HDD being read as a removable media drive instead of a hard drive, meaning I can’t format it or allocate it in any way. I have tried it on multiple computers and with multiple drives, and the issue occurs no matter which drive is connected. I do not know the make/brand of the cable, unfortunately, but under device manager it is recognized as “ASMT 2105 USB Device.” I have tried uninstalling it from device manager, having device manager search for new hardware, and rebooting my computer. None of these has worked to get it recognized as a hard disk drive.
I appreciate any help with this issue. Thanks.
wullieb1ModeratorJanuary 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm #245548
The computer is reading it correctly as it will be the controller on the converter that will be telling Windows that it is a removable device.
Are you able to install the disk in the computer rather than using a converter?
biggles77SpectatorJanuary 9, 2017 at 12:44 am #214163
Right click the drive and Initiate it.
If that doesn’t work, post a screen shot of the Disk Management so responders can see what is happening there.January 9, 2017 at 9:09 am #391522
Update. I plugged the drive directly into the SATA cables on another machine. I was able to initialize and format the drive, but I still have no luck when I connect it to the SATA to USB cable. When I get access to the computer I’m working on, I will try connecting it to the drive cables for the optical drive and see if I can do the clone that way, bypassing the need for this SATA to USB adapter. It’s still driving me crazy that the cable won’t work, though.
OssianModeratorJanuary 9, 2017 at 11:08 am #191493
Do you have another SATA to USB adapter you can try – since the drive seems to be OKJanuary 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm #391523
I do not have another adapter, unfortunately. I have a workaround for getting this drive cloned now, but it will not be using the adapter (which is still going to drive me insane).
HirschMemberJanuary 10, 2017 at 8:59 am #391524
Using the SATA cable connected to my CD drive worked. I cloned the failing drive, swapped in the new one, and the machine is back in action.January 10, 2017 at 9:00 am #391525
I just had a realization. The USB to SATA cable I was using came with an enclosure for a 2.5″ Form Factor HDD, but the drives (except for the one that worked) were all 3.5″ Form Factor. Is there a difference between the cables that might have caused this failure?
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