Thanks Rich - its a Gateway GM5474
I also have an update.
I reseated the cables to the HD as I saw in the BIOS there wasnt one listed. Now, one of three things would happen:
1. BSOD with 0x0000007E
2. The recovery tools cd loads to the scrolling green bar and sit there
3. The recovery tools would load (only happened once) and I got this error message when trying to run System Restore:
System restore failed due to an unspecified error.
Transaction support within the specified file system resource manager is not started or was shutdown due to an error (0x80071A91)
Startup repair returned:
Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem details were:
OS Version: 6.0.60000.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
I believe there is a recovery partition (D