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(Solved) - IDE/SATA to USB bridge problem

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  • Started 6 years ago by Antman
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Antman
Antman
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This is a bit odd.

I had an old WD 40GB IDE HDD connected to my PC running XP Pro SP2 via an IDE/SATA to USB bridge, just plugged into a USB 2.0 port. It was working fine until I plugged in an even older Maxtor 40GB ATA HDD instead. Both devices worked fine until I re-formatted the Maxtor one using Partition Commander. Now, neither drive is showing up in My Computer. In device manager, it says that my IDE/SATA to USB bridge is actually a USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge and is working properly. I've tried uninstalling the driver and then just plugging the bridge in again. It then recognizes it as a ATA/ATAPI bridge again and says that my hardware is ready to use, but still no drive is showing. Shouldn't it show up as an IDE/SATA bridge? That's what it says on the bridge itself. Is it because I plugged in an ATA drive instead of an IDE or SATA? I don't really understand the difference, I'm afraid.

This has me a little puzzled. Any ideas?

Many thanks in advance.

Posted 6 years ago
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Budohorseman
Budohorseman
Posts: 847

If you know where your original driver is (the IDE/SATA to USB bridge), go into Device Manager, right click on your (messed up) hardware and choose Update Driver. When the next dialog box comes up and it asks if it's OK for Windows to search for the driver, select 'No not this time' and click Next. On the next screen select 'Install from a list or a specific location' and point it to the driver you want it to load.

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Antman
Antman
Posts: 164

Thanks for the suggestion. I didn't know where the driver was in the first place as it installed it automatically the first time I plugged it in.

It's fixed now. My friend managed to figure out what to do in the end. All I had to do was go to Administrative Tools in Control Panel and pick Computer Management then Disk Management. The drive was showing up there and when I right clicked and choose Explore it popped up in My Computer and seems to be working fine. Nice!

Thanks again.

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jd2066
jd2066
Posts: 3814

On the terms both the normal big connector and the smaller SATA connector both are a type of ATA. So the device manager entry is correct.

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