About question #2, I think it's possible. Look here
. It involves messing with the registry, so I'd be careful.
The alternative would be to use Windows XP user group policies to restrict access to the drive in question. There seems to be info here
. If that doesn't work, you could try setting a disk quota of zero; the drive will be visible but it won't be writable. Info on enabling disk quotas here
Originally posted by Sora
From what I know, you have SATA I, which is 1.5GB I think, and SATA II is 3GB thus being SATA 3.0
Just for your information: Dispelling the Confusion: SATA II does not mean 3Gb/s