Windows 8.1 -- view "GPT" PROTECTED disk via external "USB" ?

My external USB connector can easily read old MBR format hard drives, but displays new GPT disks as PROTECTED

What external connector will allow me to read new GPT disks for troubleshooting ?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
How old is your USB connector?
finance_teacherAuthor Commented:
one year, but might have been on shelves for months before I purchased
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Should be working. Can you take a screen shot of the drive and its protected sign? Please post it here.
what model is it? does it have it's own power supply?  if not that causes many troubles
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Is this a partition or HDD showing as GPT protected?

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