Windows 10: New HDD not spinning up with USB adapter

  1.    15 Feb 2018 #1

    New HDD not spinning up with USB adapter

    I need to clone a hard drive.
    Got the new drive, a wD.
    What I usually fo is plug the new drive into a different PC and using a USB adapter, I format the drive.
    I can't get the drive to spin up.
    This is the second new WD drive I got, thought the problem was the drive. This ones the same. I've tried 2 different USB adapters with 2 different working PCs with same result.
    Disk Management shows a "Removal E" "No media"
    The adapters work with some old drives I have laying around

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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       15 Feb 2018 #2

    A lot depends upon the USB adapter and whether a 2.5" Notebook drive or a 3.5" drive is involved. All the adapters and external cases I've used required being self-powered, had their own power supply as most USB ports couldn't provide sufficient power for a single cable connection. The Notebook adapters I have use a Y-cable for 2 USB ports, one leg for power and data, second leg for additional power. It's a limiting function of the power provided by the USB ports.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    15 Feb 2018 #3

    The one I use is a tray for either 2.5 or 3.5. It's powered.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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