I have tried adding them as the second drive on two or three systems that work and each time BIOS recognizes the drive but Windows will not. I was trying with ME and 2000 but havenít tried it with XP. When the system boots, I go into the Bios and the second drive is recognized. Then the system opens up and I go to Windows Explorer and itís not there. Device Manager lists it but Windows canít see it.
In other instances, when I put the drives in as the primary drive , the system wonít get past the windows screen saying that windows wasnít shut down properly and would I select from the 4 different methods- SAFE mode, last good windows setting, etc. Nothing I select works and itís in an endless loop restarting and showing that black selection screen. I think in this instance it means that information from the Bios doesnít jibe with the boot settings on the hard drive because the hard drive has other motherboard settings than the current computer it now finds itself in. I heard there was some work around I could use to get the new settings loaded onto the hard drive. I have no idea how to do that.
I think that I can put any hard drive as a secondary and using the software tools like Maxblaster for Maxtor drives and Datalife Tools for Western Digital they can be easily formatted but then the data is lost.
There must be a workable way to add these drives as a secondary drive and then just copy the data you want to save off the drive and then reformat the drive for increased secondary storage. Otherwise, every time a motherboard dies it makes the hard drive and its data a huge paperweight or you have to reformat it for it to be useful.
So, are there any ways to save the data from these drives? [without going to the expensive recovery firms who obviously know how to do this already.]