I found a 1.5TB drive that was used for backups (those drives have been upgraded to 2TB) that I thought might be good to use as a secondary drive.
I plugged it into a esata port and it seemed to work (couldn't do a real test as it was formatted to ext3 and this computer is running Windows XP) so I plugged it internally, but on boot it was not recognised. I found if I used a molex to sata power adapter it would work but not using the sata power connector itself. (I have an Antec EarthWatts 500W PSU: it should be enough, my graphics card only takes power from the motherboard)
However it took four days to do a slow format.
I found a testing program and it reported a read speed of 3.7MB/s:
My other harddrives performed the same test at around 100MB/s:
Is this drive stuffed or is there something else I could do?
OK I think it is stuffed: Found this in Event Viewer (along with hundreds of "The device,
\Device\Harddisk1\D, has a bad block."):
The driver has detected that device
\Device\Harddisk1\DR1has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
You could probably ignore this post now!