I am using a 12GB IBM. I notice that you mentioned using the Create Primary Partition option under Fdisk. You may want to use the Change Current Fixed Disk Drive option to your laptop drive, and then choose Display Partition Information.
If an A is not present under Status, you'll need to make your drive active.
Hook your drive back up to the computer as the primary master, boot off a startup disk, and use FDISK to create your active partition.
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