Got some time, tried as you suggested with no results. My question now is, what is the process that detects the hard drives at boot time, and is there anything anyone can think of that would force grub to look for all hard drives by UUID? (If this is indeed a grub responsibility.)

PS: I agree: , and yes it does boot through plop every time. I am wondering if just eliminating that boot manager would solve my problems. By replacing it with Grub of course.