Seems like I have reached a limit on my XP frenzy. I have loved XP for quite some time now. Unfortunately, according to the manufacturer of my SSD, Windows XP was made way before SS Drives were created and support for XP ended quite some time ago. However, I am a knuckle head and I want to use XP anyway due to its stability and compatibility with numerous programs.
Here is my issue: Windows XP is fully functional on the solid state drive (EIDE BIOS Mode) and It boots very quickly! Finally I am in windows and I am ready to start installing mega tons of drivers and I meet my limitation...
Once I power down and re-plug my internal secondary and third HDD's, windows loads off the SSD onto the main screen. When I open My Computer, the two drives (which are full of my files), do not show up as having any data in them (They are "RAW"). Windows wants me to format those drives in order to make a "partition" due to unallocated space. Again, I work my way around the issue and test out my options... I have a SATA to USB plug that I use to help recover data off drives from customers. Once windows finishes installing the USB drivers, it will read all the data on the regular (secondary) back up hard drive that I have; this same hard drive through the BIOS will not show data when loaded with windows through the SSD.
I wonder if there is anything I can do in order to tweek or force my system to recognize my regular secondary hard drives without having to plug them up to the USB port and keep them internal on my system. I really dont want to move into windows Vista or above. Please help. Thank you in advance.