How do I transfer files from a removed hard drive to a laptop?

natzuedits

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I bought a SATA to USB adapter, and I plugged the hard drive into the laptop, and now i’m in the control panel looking at devices and i’m not sure how to transfer/copy the files on to the laptop. When I click on the hard drive in the control panel, there’s a browse files option, but it’s greyed out. Any ideas? Thanks

Also, i wanted to see if there was a way to take the OS from the old hard drive and save it into the laptop until i buy a new hard drive.
 

USAFRet

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When you open This PC, does this drive appear as another drive letter?
 

natzuedits

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no, it doesn’t show up under This PC, it only shows up in the control panel as a connected device.
 

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What specific SATA-USB adapter did you buy?
 

natzuedits

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here is the Amazon link: StarTech.com USB3S2SAT3CB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HJZJI84/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_aGBkBbJ8ZCQZZ
 

USAFRet

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That can't work with a 3.5" drive out of a desktop.
That drive requires both a 5v signal and a 12v signal. The USB port can only give out the 5v.

Will not work.
It would work for an SSD, though.

You need something like this instead:
https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Docking-Thunderbolt-compatible/dp/B0099TX7O4
 

natzuedits

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Oh, OK. I’ll look into buying that. Thanks a lot!
 

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