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Win7 won't see data hd, Bios can sort of, No recovery or management can.30 years of photos

I know this comes up a lot. I've searched and tried suggestions with no luck.
The MB is Intel D975XBX2. The drive is a WD 1tb Black, I backed up all of my pictures onto it and removed it from my PC before changing from XP Pro 32 to Win 7 HP 64. It does not have the OS. primary partition only. I did check to see that it was working after the OS install and I was able to see the data. I left it installed. I added RAM and had some problems and crashed bit got it to work.
The HD does not appear in the device manager or disc management now. It does not appear in the Bios except when I change from RAID to ACHI (following a suggestion made in a thread found here). Then it will show but Windows crashes with a BSOD that disappears too fast to see right after the start screen. Changing back to RAID allows it to boot properly but the HD disappears from the BIOS. The HD spins up when plugged in and also upon reboot. It spins for about 10 minutes and then stops. Other similar WD 1tb drives work on the machine.
I have tried the following recovery and drive management software but none of them could see the drive.
SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery
Glary Undelete
7-Data Recovery Suite
Paragon Hard Disk Manager™ 14 Suite Demo
Paragon Backup and Recovery™ 14 Home
Samsung Drive Manager
RecoveryFix For Windows[Demo]
Data Rescue PC3

What do you think the problem is? I keep thinking that if I could get something to see it I could copy it but no joy! I just haven't got $500 to hire a pro. Any suggestions?
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    I assume you installed Windows 7 while the SATA drives were set to RAID mode.
    You try enabling the AHCI mode on your boot drive: http://superuser.com/questions/110927/how-can-i-enable-ahci-on-a-sata-drive-after-installing-windows
    After enabling AHCI mode there should be no problem booting with the BIOS set to AHCI.
    Then you can connect your faulty drive to your PC and see if it appears.
  2. anonymous1 said:
    Switch to ACHI mode and install windows then add the drive with the photos.


    There is no need to re-install Windows to switch to AHCI.

    http://superuser.com/questions/110927/how-can-i-enable-ahci-on-a-sata-drive-after-installing-windows
  3. Kursun said:
    I assume you installed Windows 7 while the SATA drives were set to RAID mode.
    You try enabling the AHCI mode on your boot drive: http://superuser.com/questions/110927/how-can-i-enable-ahci-on-a-sata-drive-after-installing-windows
    After enabling AHCI mode there should be no problem booting with the BIOS set to AHCI.
    Then you can connect your faulty drive to your PC and see if it appears.

    Hi
    I believe that I am closer now because if this change but the drive is still not showing up. It does cause the bios to hang when it is connected now so I can't boot with it connected.
    I think I changed XP to AHCI mode in order to use the 2 and 3 tb drives long ago so everything should have been in AHCI. It seems like 7 changes the drive software when the ACHI is changed. It says that it is installing drivers on the drives when it is started and then wants a second reboot. This might indicate that the drivers were changed to RAID by 7 after it was installed. I wonder if the change damaged the software in that drive at some point?
    I have to knock it off for the night. Can the software in the drive be changed or repaired without erasing it or can the data be transferred to a functioning drive if 7 can't see it?
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