Let me try to explain that.
The hard drive on my laptop died a bunch of months ago while I was in New Zealand.
I decided I'd just run things off the SD card until I got back to the States (yes, you can boot your computer off an SD card instead of using a hard drive). In the mean time, I told it to stop trying to fix the internal hard drive... I set it to "disable" the drive.
Well, now I'm back in the States.
I jumped on Ebay and picked up a new internal drive and installed it.
When I went to put the operating system on it... it would install, but I just couldn't make it boot off it.????
It wasn't until I realized that I'd still had it disabled in the BIOS that I was able to get things running. This is after much bashing away on it. There was a distinct "YOU IDIOT!" moment of course.
But now, it's ticking along quite nicely, and I've gotten really good at setting things up in the mean time, so this will have a bitching setup at the end of it all (rather than just the "functional" one I was going to go with).
Cest La Vie