At some point last night I came to think that could it be possible for the configuration in my laptop to be set as "cable select"? Should that be the case everything would make sense because presumably both my original hard drive and the CD/DVD drive were preset as cable select! So, while having installed on the system the original hard drive and the CD/DVD drive due to cable select settings the HD takes number "0" and the CD/DVD takes number "1". So, the conflict starts after installing the Sandisk drive which according to Sandisk's data sheet is preset as master. Should you try to connect a master drive with a second "Cable select" device (CD/DVD in this case), always of course under the same IDE Bus, then the connection fails and the drives won't operate properly, detection problems, etc. , right???
Having that in mind I almost came to the conclusion that my original HD is preset from the factory as "Cable select" and the CD/DVD too...do you want to know why I said almost??? hehe, I sent an e-mail last night to Toshiba Germany to ask them if my drive "MK101GAH" is preset as cable select...Isaid to my self...if they say YES the drive is preset as cable select, then finally I got it!!!Well, guess what...They said the drive comes preset from the factory as...MASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is their reply:
"thank you for contacting the Toshiba Europe Storage Device Division.
The MK1011GAH comes preset to Master. This can be changed, of course, with firmware.
I hope this information is helpful."
Now I'm so lost after this...these guys are telling me that the Toshiba drive comes preset as "Master" , Sandisk on the other hand says that their drive also comes preset as "Master"!!! Well in that case what the h#$% is happening?????????
Does anyone out there know if a program exists to check the two drives' configuration??? So we can tell for sure if the drives are master/slave or cable select? Something tells me that although both companies say their drives come as master, one of the two has altered via firmware the behavior of the drive and has turned it to cable select...To prove that with solid evidence though I have yet to accomplish...