EDIT: I was able to run UBCD 5.1 and ran the Fujitsu HDD test from there and it did not find the drive either. The machine is brand new and was working fine, the guy said some error msg (he thought it was a virus) came up and then it shut off, to never reboot into Windows again. I tried a Startup repair with Win7 disc (no joy). It seems to function when I have it plugged into an USB adapter to my main machine. I just tried a different hdd (loaded with Vista) into machine, it complained but got to the desktop, so that leaves me with the belief that the new hdd is failing fast.
Edited by snglnluvnit, 17 October 2012 - 12:26 AM.