How do I detect IDE to USB (kit) hard drive

March 7, 2011 at 18:42:14
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i7 / 4GB RAM
I just bought a new laptop, and I was thinking the simplest way to transfer files from my old (oold) desktop to my laptop would be with an IDE/SATA to USB kit. The drives work fine in my desktop as I've tried before and after attempting to plug them into my laptop, but when I hook everything up to my laptop, nothing happens. Tried restarting with it plugged in, looked for it in the BIOS (no luck). I can't find any drivers I might need and I can't think of anything else to try. Worst comes to worst I'll probably just transfer over a LAN, because the old comp only has USB 1.0 and we're talking over a terabyte.

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March 7, 2011 at 20:09:39
- I'm assuming you supplied power to the IDE HDD, via the Sabrent Power adapter that comes with the kit (I have to ask)?

- You may have to fool with the IDE drive jumpers (Master, Cable select etc) in order to get that HDD adapter kit to work.

Those HDD adapter kits can be handy, but they're usually used in emergencies when normal backup routines have not been done. What you should do is back up your data to an external HDD, then copy your data to the laptop. Then you have the data stored in two places (three places, inside a firebox is even better).

Just another stupid saying...

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March 7, 2011 at 20:27:44
The USB port you plug the USB to hard drive adapter into must be able to supply the full USB spec 500ma.

If you plug it into a USB port built into the laptop it may work fine.


Some laptops, e.g.some ACER models, cannot supply 500ma per USB port - they can only supply 500ma for two ports total, or for all the built in USB ports you can plug into, total.
In that case, the USB to hard drive adapter may work fine
- when it's the only thing plugged into the built in USB ports
- when you use a USB Y cable to plug it into two USB ports built into the laptop.

The same applies to external hard drives in an external enclosure.

On the other hand, some bioses DO NOT recognize USB to hard drive adapters.

External hard drives in an external enclosure are recognized by any bios.

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