Thanks for the info. Yes the guy's problem sounds exactly like mine, but I don't recall seeing the "raw" drive icon anywhere in the My Computer menu. Maybe I just missed it but I don't think so. As far as the "Admin Tools" he eventually refers to, which one is used for formatting drives (I refuse to go by perceived logic anymore since nothing XP does is logical, technically speaking).
What is CHS, btw? Another obscure Windows / DOS term strikes fear into my now damaged ego. Is that a subsection within the CMOS / BIOS thing?
Also, if the original drive IS jumpered for Cable Select, and i have the second drive in the chain jumpered as Slave, can that still work? Or do they both have to be jumpered to Cable Select?
...into the light of a dark black night.