Hello, I have a few old hard drives I want to re-format and sell, but first I want to view the content in them. These were from old pc's I've had. Some have Windows XP and the others Windows 7. My current computer has Windows 7.
I purchased this USB-to-SATA adapter. When I connect a drive with the adapter:
- I can't see the drive under My Computer, only my C: drive, so I can't see the content.
- Under Device Manager I see both the internal C: drive and the connected drive under Disk drives. If i right-click the connected drive it says it's working properly and is set to Quick removal. It says it's Disk 1, Basic, status is "offline" and has GUID Partition Table (GPT)
- On Devices and Printers i see the adapted drive as "USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge
- On Disk Management Tool I see the C: drive as Disk 0, and the adapted drive as Disk 1, partitioned.
Reading articles online, some suggest I need to remove the partitions because of the OS, but don't leave instructions. If I click on a partition and right-click everything is greyed out except for "help." Some suggest I have to assign it a drive letter but also don't explain how.
Anyone know how to view the contents of these drives without actually installing them? Thanks for any help