Why is the drive not showing when I connect my old hard drive to my new computer via USB to SATA cable?

June 13, 2013
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I have an old hard drive (from old Windows XP PC) which I tried retrieving files from by connecting to my new computer (running Windows 7) using a USB to SATA cable.

Once all cables were connected and I plugged in to a USB port, the new PC is not showing the drive at all. The old hard drive is on and spinning. When I look under my Devices and Printers, the USB to SATA cable shows up, but I still cannot see or access the old drive.

Am I missing a step somewhere?

Thanks in advance.

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