My wife's laptop broke. Sony Vaio running windows Vista. I took out the hard drives. (It has 2 of them) I plugged my SATA/IDE to USB adapter to one of the drives and I got a message saying I must format the drive before I can use it.im running a toshiba laptop with windows 7 64 bit. I plug it into the other drive and windows7 does not recognize the drive. I tried the trick of going to computer-mange- and tried changing the drive letter but still no luck. There are files on the Hard drives that we would like to save. Any ideas?