OK - it was a piece of poo putting the Hitachi v59 into mode b. However, the drive cannot be found in My Computer or Device Manager. I'm using an onboard SATA (chipset Intel 945 express chipset family) and I'm wondering if this is the problem. I would rather avoid buying a SATA PCI card as I want to flash Hitachi ASAP. I'm running WinXP Home and as far as I am aware, all instructions have been followed. I definitely know I am in mode b as I have to press eject twice to open the tray. Does this mean that my onboard SATA is not compatible?