The next morning the computer would not boot, I can get to the BIOS, there is no IDE drive seen at all not even the CDrom.
I take the hardrive and make it a slave to another Dell, both are cable select so I left the jumpers alone, booted the PC, I can only boot to the BIOS, no drives seen on primary IDE, I do see the CDrom. I set the jumpers, still same result, I dig in a box and find non cable select cables, set a known good hardrive (works when I disconnect the crashed one) as master and the crashed drive as slave, neither drive is seen. I even tried it in a 3rd machine, my primary computer and same result. I have had hardrives fail in the past, but I have always been able to hook the drive up as a slave and retrieve the information.
any idea if the drive is recoverable, I did order IDE to USB connector and was going to have the PC running when I plugged the USB in. any ideas? I forgot I tried to boot to the W2K cd and go to recovery console, can't open recovery console, No hard drive found.