Western Digital drives have two Master settings. One is with a slave present (middle jumper) and one without a slave present (no jumpers set). If you have it set as a master with a slave present, but without the slave, the drive will be inconsistently detected within the BIOS. So, before you spend any more time fighting with it, be sure that the jumpers are set correctly.
I have a WD that did work on a cable select cable, then I noticed a click & whir as it semmed to idle down. I wasn't using anything off that HD so I didn't know why it would be running then shutting down. I just saw that click & whir can mean problems & the drive is undetected in BIOS so I don't know if it's hopeless & I haven't found another computer to stick it in. Any config I use on this one leaves it undetected.....?