SATA to USB Reading as Removable Media

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    PhilR1602
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    #166780

    Hello,

    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.

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    wullieb1
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    #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?

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    biggles77
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    #214163

    Control Panel
    Administrative Tools
    Computer Management
    Disk Management
    and
    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.

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    Odin
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    #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.

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    Ossian
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    #191493

    Do you have another SATA to USB adapter you can try – since the drive seems to be OK

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    Odin
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    #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).

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    Hirsch
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    #391436

    USB to SATA Adapter . I have used this adapter now for some time without any issues, if that helps.

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    Odin
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    #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.

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    Odin
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    #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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