What I was mentioning there wasn't in regards to a single hard drive slaved to the optical either. Some time back when dual booting XP along with 98 on a second ide drive that was simply unavailable while seen in the post screens until changing the jumper to CS. Then all was well!
For seeing a sata drive made the host OS drive while an ide drive is present the first thing there is to make sure at least the data cable is unplugged to prevent the boot files being placed there by the Windows installer and not on the intended sata drive. That's a case where the ide overrides the sata by default.
For wiping drives when that old version was in common use you would first boot from a floppy and run a dos type zero fill utility which would take all day for what now would be called a "tiny" hard drive like anything under 20gb. The old fdisk tool had popularity back then for simply removing partitions!