But anyway, the clock is hanging on for now. I also found the jumper settings for the slave drive online, and changed those, so there may be hope when I reinstall the drive. Maybe it will be recognized.
In the meantime, I did what I'd meant to do for a while: wrote a short review of "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" and posted it on my book forum. I think I'll also send it to amazon.com. Yes. That's my next trick.