I have an old Western Digital Caviar 2540 hard drive that I am attempting to connect to a Windows 7 machine by using a Bytecc BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter. I'm connecting things in the right order (power, then sata, then usb) and the jumper settings on the drive are at present set to slave, but am still having an issue.

I am recieving a message that the drive is not initialized. When I go into Computer Management I can see the drive (as "Disk 5, Unknown, Not Initialized"), but when I attempt to initialize it or right-click and select "Offline" It tells me that "the device is not ready". Is there something that I can to to get around this, connect the drive and copy the data that I need off of this drive? Is there a third party tool available that I can use?

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    First question: Are you sure the disk is actually spinning? – Daniel R Hicks Jan 21 '12 at 19:38
  • 2nd question: How did you hook up SATA to that 40-pin EIDE drive? :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 21 '12 at 20:20
  • Is the IDE connection good physically? do you have other hard drives to compare the physical connection with? you might find some hard drives it fits more deeply than others. if it goes in more deeply in others then it's not going deeply enough with this one. This USB-IDE adaptor -purple one - that design, goes in nicely to any of my hard drives pchost.hu/aruhaz/images/usb%20ide%20adapter.jpg but another I have doesn't i.e. don't go in deeply enough. – barlop Jan 21 '12 at 20:31
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    Connect the adapter to the drive BEFORE applying power! That is, make all connections to the HDD, then power up the drive, then finally make USB connection to PC. The IDE interface is not hot plug-able. Also void moving/touching the drive while it's powered. – sawdust Jan 21 '12 at 20:33
  • @sawdust i'd add to that, while moving isn't really the issue with this one, it's good practice as you suggest, and a good way to power it up is via the mains switch 'cos then nothing moves other than the switch. – barlop Jan 21 '12 at 20:35

Once you've confirmed the drive is running, then if it's the only drive on that USB adapter/controller then the drive should be set to "Single" mode (no jumper at all, or in the "neutral" position).

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