I assembled a new build about a week ago, have a ssd for boot, a new sata hdd for data and an old ide I would like to remove data from. I've attached everything properly, and the drive (Samsung SP1604) does appear in my BIOS but does not in either Disk Managment or Device Manager. The drive doesn't appear to be dead, and if it it's unrecoverable it's not the end of the world but there are some family photos I would like to remove before giving it a clean wipe
Double-check the instructions that came with your IDE to SATA converter.
There may be some dip switches on the converter or Master/Slave settings on the drive that have to be set in order for Windows to recognize the drive.
I switched the jumper to master, the drive was recognized in both BIOS and Windows, but Windows detected the drive as empty and in RAW format, despite having another installation of Win7 on it previously, and was trying to force me to format it before I could access it. After I refused it was removed from Disk management and I have not seen it there after a reboot to confirm that BIOS still detected it. (It did)