External Drive not accessible in Windows 7, shows up as USB ATA/ATAPI Bridge, doesn't appear in Disk Management.

I'm connecting an old Toshiba MK6025GAS drive by IDE-USB cable to my laptop running Windows 7. Windows has picked it up as USB ATA/ATAPI bridge. It does not appear in Disk Management (if it did I could assign a letter and probably read it). Could someone please advise me on how to get this disk accessible? Thanks!
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Hi,

Have you made any changes to your computer?

I would suggest you to check with other computer if the issue is still persist.

Method 1:

I would suggest you to refer the link and check.

Open the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Open-the-Hardware-and-Devices-troubleshooter

Method 2:

I would also suggest you to refer the steps from the link and check.

Error: “USB Device not recognized” when you try to access a USB external hard drive.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2654149

I would also suggest you to refer the link .

Change, add, or remove a drive letter

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Change-add-or-remove-a-drive-letter

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Hi

Thanks for your response, but it isn't that the device isn't being recognised- it does appear in 'Printers & Devices' as a USB ATA/ATAPI Bridge (it's profiled as a 'mass storage device').

It doesn't appear in Disk Management, or in Computer where external drives usually show up, so I'm not able to assign a letter.

Windows can't install the driver for it, and as it's a hard drive pulled from an old laptop there's no disk with any drivers on it.

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It is very complicated when attempting to connect a USB to IDE conversion cable.  The USB "adapter" will normally require a "powered" connection to be added so they usually have a power cable.

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