I use one of these at times -> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=2020&cat=HDD

"The most recent person told me that I need to install one of the hard drives in an external case with a USB port, and attach that, in turn, to the back of the PC, thus "forcing" it to recognize the drive."

Having done that dozens of times last month for too many people why isn't that a good solution?