This evening, Gretchen and I went to Home Depot where I bought a cordless drill (probably larger than I needed) to replace the corded Black & Decker drill that's gone missing. This will, of course, cause the missing drill to reappear.
And the lovely new external RAID box is assembled and running, the Cardbus adapter is installed in the laptop, and the laptop doesn't see the external drive. This is annoying. The next step is to buy a USB to serial adapter so that I can connect to the drive and see what it thinks it's doing. *sigh*