Things to try:
1) Shut down, remove the data and power cable to the drive, the boot up. Now shut down and attach the cables again.
*If #1 doesn't work, repeat but with a different SATA connection (to a different SATA chip. See the motherboard manual or just choose a different colour of connector).
2) System Restore before you installed VMWare.
Haha! That worked! Thank you so much!!