IDE HDD to SATA motherboard not being detected

I've got a new PC, it's got a GIgabyte GA-F2A68HM-H motherboard, an AMD A4-6300 APU 2GB RAM with Radeon HD Graphics @ 3.69 GHz, 2.21 of RAM, running Windows XP Professional Ver. 2002 SP3.
It came with a Seagate SATA3 279.45 GB HDD, that I partitioned in two parts; one, with 50 GB for Boot, OS and installed software and the other with the remaining 229 GB for all the files. I also changed the drives letters from the original C: and D: to D: and F:.
After finishing setting all up, I tried to connect my previous HDD, a Seagate BarraCuda 7200.7 ST3160021A 160GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 with a standard IDE <=> SATA converter similar to this one but it doesn't seem to be detected neither by the BIOS nor the Windows Disk Management Utility.
I don't know if the adapter is defective, even thou it's brand new; or my HDD is damaged.
Can anyone help me with this? How can I tell what is defective?
Thanks for your answers.
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    IDE to SATA converters are not very good usually, try another adapter, and make sure that drive is good with a system that has an ATA port on it. You may just copy the files from that old drive into an external drive.
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