Hotplugging a drive using a connector that is not made for it runs the risk of connecting the data lines before the power. Momentarily, it supplies power to the drive through the data lines (not very well).
This draws excessive current through a low power signal line. Usually the transistor is damaged. The inputs are much more sensitive to damage from this than the outputs.
This usually damages both the drive and the interface card. You will need to check them both.
Use an old, expendable, but known working drive to check the interface.
If the interface is damaged, then do not use that port. If there are no spare drive interfaces then an new motherboard, or a separate drive interface card will be needed.
A drive that is working that flaky is usually irrecoverable.
It will never be reliable.
The tools you are considering are for data damage and formatting, they cannot deal with
physical interface damage.
A hotplug connector has longer pins for ground and power, so they get connected first.
You must have a special hotplug connector attached to the disk drive and a hotplug capable bay.
The software option just provides the OS code to recognize hotplugged hardware.
Last edited by selfprogrammed; 02-19-2013 at 06:57 PM.