I have a PATA hard disk (WD 3200) that is not installed in a computer. I bought a SABRENT converter that powers the drive, reads it, and outputs to a USB2 connector. When I connect the USB cable to either my Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers, there is no drive letter assigned and I cannot find a way to read the drive. I can use the "eject" feature of Windows to see that the drive is connected. When I connect the USB cable to my Linux (Mint) computer, it recognizes the drive and allows me to open it and manipulate the contents (there are three partitions).
Is there any way to make either of the Windows versions assign a drive letter to my drive? Any ideas as to why this only works with Linux? The drive is formatted with NTSF.