Yes the fact that i installed xp without having the drive connected seems to have been the problem, i formatted and installed win 7 on the ide hd and all seems well.
except for the fact that my sata drive now disapears after a while....
if i reboot it shows up normally and i can access any data, but suddenly it just disapears, no sign of it in disk manager or anything. weird stufff.
thanks for the reply