These ide/sata to usb adapters are terrific when they work but have given me so many headaches over the years.
I had been using a 2002 Dell desktop and decided to replace it with a 2010 HP Compaq desktop. The Dell desktop had two hard drives, a primary drive with with OSs and a secondary drive for os backup and data storage.
The HP came with Win 7 freshly installed. In order to have the benefit of the customized systems on my Dell, I removed the hard drives and, using a ide/sata to usb adapter, transferred the files to the HP. I found that I could not boot into windows after that (that's a separate thread). So I freshly installed Win 7 from an installation CD. When I tried for a second time to transfer the files from the hard drives to the HP the HP was not recognizing them at all. Nothing in Device Mgr., nothing in My Computer, nothing in Safely Remove Hardware. Both hard drives. I tried a second ide/sata to usb adapter with the same result. I checked the jumper settings on the HDDs with no change in result.
What is going on?
Has someone come up with a better was to accomplish the same thing as a ide/sata to usb?