Thanks for both tips. I will do a screenshot of the listings when I get home.
There is definitely NO hard drive on any IDE channel. All I have is 2 SATA hard drives and once in a while, a USB or Firewire hard drive is connected but I do not leave those on. Both optical drives are on one cable attached to Secondary IDE. Primary IDE has nothing connected to it.
There is a floppy drive connected to a floppy connector on the motherboard which is in addition to the two mentioned (I almost forgot about that!). Not sure if that is listed there somehow. Sigh…
It looks like I should have only one secondary channel listed in device manager but even with my old config, I also remember having two? One for each drive, and valid data appeared to be on 0 for one and 1 for the other.
Would it be worthwhile just uninstalling “both” secondary IDE channels in control panel and let it re-install them? I saw that in a couple of the posts referred to.
Cressida, thanks for the post on Dells…not sure if it points me in a direction other than cable select seems to be the way to go? And I am already using an 80 wire cable.
Only other thought I had is make them both masters, one off each channel. But not sure what else I have to flip in the dell to make it happy not being cable select. And as I said, not real sure on the SATA/IDE interplay on drive letter assignment and I would have to be before trying that.
Thanks again…hopefully I will get there and actually be able to USE this drive soon!