My system consists of:
Dell Studio Quad Core Q9550 running on Windows 7 Home 64-bit.
2 HDD drives inside tower Disks 0 and 1 plus another 4 HDD inside a SansDigital TowerRaid Enclosure with ESata cable connected to the PC via a Rocket Raid 622 Controller Card.Adapter
Additionally im using a Sabrent USB-DC5C IDE to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter with own Power source and connected to the Desktop tower via USB cable.
My problem is when using this contraption. I have tried accessing contents of a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 IDE 80GB HDD, a Maxtor D740X-6L IDE 40GB. None of these 2 seem to be recognized by the Windows 7 software, changed the jumpers to the Master position to which both Maxtor and Sabrent recommend, and still no recognition, i can hear the drives spinning and being warm from being active The Start- Computer-Manage- Disk management sequence lets me know that the HDD is there, but it requires being initialized. Gives me the option to choose between GPT or the other option(name slips me now). So as i am unable to "initialize the disks"(individually as i cannot have them both connected at once) i have no access to inspects its contents and furthermore work with them. and Less of all resize partitions even delete and or reformat.
1. that is issue one, any idea what could be happening to them? Is there an issue with my PC being Sata based and therefore thre is no back-compatibility with running IDE disks even though they are mounted on USB to IDE SATA Drive Adapter?
2. my second issue is with a 3rd drive, a Western Digital Caviar IDE WD400. These drives jumpers seem not to need to be set. Connected on the Sabrent unit it is recognized and seems to be initialized, but nothing seems tyo happen when i want to acces it with Mini Partition Wizard to work on it. Any suggestions here ?
I would appreciate any suggestions in simple layman terms please as my knowledge on this field is very limited.