Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:48 PM
caperdog and Sneakycyber, I really appreciate your input and assistance. Thank you.
I tried everything I can think of to get the drive to be visible. I set it as the slave for IDE0 and IDE1, but when I do that, the bios no longer sees the master drive. I also tried to make it a master for IDE1, but the bios won't see it then either. Using the external enclosure, the device shows up as a USB Mass Storage device as caperdog said, however it has an exclaimation on it. The device status shows "This device cannot start. (Code 10)".
When I go into diskmgt, the device does not show up there at all.
I opened the drive (I know I'm not in a clean room, but....) , and can see that it spins up at boot-up, and the read/write heads cycle back and forth. I don't believe it's a hardware issue.
My copy of Windows XP is actually part of a recovery CD from eMachines, so it doesn't allow me to run fixmbr or fixboot. I do have some old knock-off copies of XP, but when I try to run this with just the bad drive set as the master for IDE0, I get an error saying that there is no hard drive installed to recover to.
So, I'm still pulling my hair out. Any more suggestions?