I just had a thought Dibbs..
If you have some old drives hanging about:
I had a PC motherboard go belly-up on me, which meant I had to format the drive for the new board, or buy a new drive too.
I bought the new drive, and kept the old one. I got an 'enclosure' to turn it into an external drive. Once I had recovered what I needed, I formatted the drive and now use it as an external storage drive, for PDF woodwork plans etc.
These enclosures are just plug and play into a USB socket, and if you set the drive as a Master, that's all you need do.
You can buy these enclosures for IDE drives or SATA Drives. Inexpensive, easy to assemble and solve a problem if you have old drives you thought were redundant.