As for the problem with my newer laptop: I am about 99.5% sure its the motherboard or at least the graphics adapter, which would mean i would need a new motherboard anyway. Its a long story about the whole problem, but the end result now is that when I power it on, I get the HP logo for about 1 second (before the bios and boot options even are displayed) then the screen goes blank. I can see a motherboard fried possibly causing a problem in the file system of the HD, but since I am having the same problem with a different Sata HD that was never connected recently to my new one during my issues with it, I cant see that being too much of a possibility. Disk management information is as follows:
Partition1: volume: displays nothing, Layout:Simple, Type:Basic, File System: displays nothing, Status: Healthy (EFI SystemPartition).
Partition 2: same as partition 1 except Status: Healthy (Primary Partition)
Forgive me, i was worng before when I said I can access the properties. I cannot, it is greyed out like the rest of the menus/options.
I never jumpered the drive nor do I recall any documentation from the enclosure telling me to do so.
My "old" laptop is a compaq presario R3000. Native to XP, but now has 7 Home installed. It has knows compatability issues with 7, but mostly graphics card issues, which led me to buy my "new" laptop and give up on the upgrade. My "new" laptop (the one with the motherboard issue) is a HP DV7 series. Windows 7 home.