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    18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Hey guys!

    I've never moved files from one hard drive to another before, and so I'm not entirely sure what commands to enter, or even where to begin.

    The hard drive I'm using is a Windows 10 600-ish GB SATA HDD that decided to start developing bad sectors. My current internal hard drive is 250 GB, so Clonezilla and most other software options are out the window.

    I have it connected to my computer via a USB 3.0 to SATA cable. When I plug in the hard drive, I can hear it spinning up, and the lights on the cable indicate a solid connection. But it's not recognized in the GNOME Discs GUI, or the file explorer. I don't know what commands to enter into the terminal so I can access the files on this hard drive.

    Thank you very much for your time,

    --Squeaky

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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Is the cable plugged into a USB 3.0 port? Does the USB/SATA device itself use 3.0? I have a similar device that uses USB 2.0. When plugged into a machine, it's recognized automatically. In my experience USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are generally not interchangeable.

    Once they were connected, I could boot from the installation image, then install the package gddrescue and use ddrescue to clone the machine's hard drive to the new SATA device.
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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    I have a USB to SATA converted cable. It works well for my old SSD drive which was why I purchased it.
    But when I tried to use it with an old HDD, it just did not have enough power.
    If you adapter has separate power not just from USB port, then it may work.

    Years ago with XP, I used a .bat file to copy my data files. Windows then had my data in multiple places. Some saved in same folder as program, some saved in a Windows data partition and some let me save to my own folder. So multiple copy commands required.

    In Linux I now use a bash file and rsync for same purpure.
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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Definitely try a USB 2.0 port. And better yet, connect it with a powered USB.

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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Thanks for the feedback, guys!

    It does have an external power supply that plugs directly into the wall. Unfortunately, this computer was salvage when I got it, and as such is too old to have any 3.0 ports. I thought that 3.0 and 2.0 were cross compatible? I could be mistaken, I was told that for a 3.0 cable to run at full speed it has to be connected to a 3.0 port. Kind of how like a 2.0 cable will still connect to an old 1.1 port, but it just runs slow as molasses on the coldest day of January.

    Will Rsync or GDDRescue install any packages or drivers that will let my computer recognize this thing from a USB port? Or do I need to go about this the long way and drag my stuff through a Google Drive and re-download it? I'd really prefer to do it this way, just because I have a lot of files that are rather big that I'd like to keep archived somewhere safe.

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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    If you use fsarchiver, it will report any errors it finds, and you can restore it to any partition smaller as long as the used data fits.

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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Great!

    ... i have no idea what fsarchiver is. To be straight honest with you guys, I have no clue what I am doing. I'm literally just plugging in a hard drive into a USB slot with a weird cable set that has no discernible brand name and no real instruction manual. It powers on, I hear it spin up, but my computer says it doesn't exist. Could I get more detailed instructions on how to open it like a flash drive? Or configure it to run like a flash drive? All I really need are the personal files off of it.

    Good god, ubuntu is complicated. Why is it so complicated? I'm sorry... I feel so dumb right now.

    Edit: You know what, I'm just going to try and run it again and risk it BSOD'ing again so I can get at least my pictures off of it. I'm sorry.
    Edit again: Scratch that, I'm scared of it blue screening in mid-upload and losing everything.

    I'm kinda desperate at this point. What do you think I should do? I don't even know if this cable setup works with Linux!

    Edit 3: Okay, I just ran ``sudo fdisk -l``, both with the hard drive connected and with it disconnected. Both outputs are identical, it's like it's completely invisible. But I do hear the USB connect/disconnect sound when I pulled it out and plugged it back in. So at least on *some* level it recognizes that there's something there. But I just can't get the terminal to recognize that it's a hard drive, or any kind of storage medium. Any other commands I should try?
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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Oh. Well. No wonder I feel dumb, it's because I am dumb. I unplugged it from the wall socket with my foot.

    Welllll, that was silly of me.

    Okay, now it's spinning up and it is reading my Linux HDD when I run sudo fdisk -l , but it still isn't recognizing that the Windows drive plugged in with the USB is there. I don't have to set this up as a RAID system, do I? Good god, that would be a headache.
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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    Okay, ran 'lsusb' with absolutely no luck. I'm trying to find the make and model of this cable set so I can report it as incompatible. But, apparently, I can find no brand name or model number anywhere on these cables. It's so infuriating, the only thing the label says is that it's supposed to work with literally *any* 2.5 and 3.5 in HDD, SATA or IDE. I have no idea why it's not even being recognized as a device anywhere in the terminal or file explorer. The closest thing I can find to the cable set is this.
    < https://www.amazon.com/Warmstor-Conv...%2C549&sr=8-56 >

    It looks almost identical, but some of the markings are off, and the box looks completely different, but it's basically the same setup.

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    Re: 18.04 -- USB to SATA External Hard Drive not recognized

    You could have a bad cable set. You could also have a bad HD. Just because it spins doesn't mean that it should work. For instance, if the super block of the HD is corrupted, you will not be able to get anything off of it. Also, since this was a Win10 drive, it more than likely was on a machine that had fast boot enabled which means that Win10 has not released it.

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