Several years ago I purchased a set of "USB to IDE or SATA adapter cables" made by StarTech.com. I used them several time on my old Windows XP computer but I never tried them on my Windows 7 computer until now. They still work fine when I connect an internal IDE hard drive using these cable through my USB port but when I attempted to connect an SATA internal hard drive I got an error telling me that Windows 7 could not find a driver. I went to StarTech.com web site looking for a driver for Windows 7 but when you go to their download section there is no driver to download. I tried contacting them by email well over a week ago and got no response even though when i completed there form to send the email it said I would get a reply within 48 hours. Does anyone know where I can get a driver for this set of cables that will make it work on Windows 7. I know that I can just open my computer and connect it internally but the reason I purchased these cables in the first place is so I will not have to do that. The driver cd that came with these cables does not have a driver that will work for Windows 7.
(Solved) - USB 2.0 to IDE or SATA adapter cable(5 posts)
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found this from some feedback another user / owner of this device left ....
"Here's how to install it so it will work for you:
Have the drive turned on and running when you plug it into your (running) computer's USB. If you get a "Found New Hardware" message, you're good. If not, click Start, and right click on My Computer, go to Device Manager, right click on Disk Drives and click Scan For Hardware Changes. After the scan, see if the drive shows up. If it doesn't, just reboot and it should show up. After the drive has been detected once, it will behave like a flash drive. Just always remember to use the "Safely Remove Hardware" feature when you unplug the USB, and always be sure the drive is running when you plug in the USB."
it might be worth the shot and might do the trick for you. i stopped scouring the feedback when i found that but feel free to check some more incase someone else has another suggestion.
see here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6812200155
Thank you Vistual. I tried what you said and at first I thought it didn't work then I remembered that this is a new hard drive and it will not show up until I initialize it, assign a drive letter and partition it. Once I did that it now shows up. I thank you for helping me through this and jogging my memory.