I took your advice and attempted running it in my son's Win98SE system. What do you know, it recognized the drive, but when I tried to explore the contents of the drive, it kept "disappearing" on me
I have to admit this is the first time I have ever run into any such a thing. After checking around on the I/O Magic help page I found that several other people have been experiencing similar techical difficulties, but have not really attempted the extremes of repairing and retesting like I did. The part that really chaps my hide is that the service department at CompUSSR had the gaul to question me on if I was sure the drive was bad. I can understand if I was some computer-illiterate person coming in there, but hell I know more about computers than anyone that works there...even their techs. Maybe I am just ranting, but buyer's beware of these yahoos. (BTW it is Lewisville Texas CompUSA). At least the technician was familiar with the equipment enough to perform a simple analysis. Okay rant over.
I am supposed to get the new drive on Thursday, so I will update you on any new discoveries. (This is another rant on why I have to wait).
Many thanks for your help Giovanni!!!