I put the old hard drive back in and the new one in an external enclosure and the computer couldn't find the new one.
In a desperate attempt to get my files from the new one back, I put the new one back in the computer and after going through several blinking cursor forums, I ended up using Windows XP CD to boot from and did several chkdsk /r, fixboot, fixmbr, bootconfig /rebuild. The first time I did chkdsk /r, it found 1 thing wrong and fixed it. The 2nd and 3rd time I did it, it would get to about 70% and then go back to 50%... but then it didn't state it repaired anything.
Everytime i did the fixboot, fixmbr, or bootconfig /rebuild, in about 1/2 a second it stated it performed it and gave me the C prompt again.
All of this seemed to amount to nothing... same blinking cursor on reboots.
I tried putting the new one BACK into the external hard drive enclosure and the old one back into the computer again, hoping one of my above maneuvers would allow it to "see" it this time and Voila! It did and I'm able to recover my files.
Can someone tell me if they know what went wrong and more importantly should I format the NEW drive again and ghost my old one to it or send it back to Western Digital for a replacement?
Also, a friend said once you replace an OEM drive in laptops (which I still have my 6 year old original and working), replacements seem to go bad much more often. Is there any truth to this?
THanks in advance for your help!!