I just acquired a spare 200 Gb HDD. I put it in my core and did a fresh install of LMCE 0710 - i386 - RC2.
Once install was complete I switched on my first MD and it installed fully. I switched on the second MD I had assembled to test previously, it also fully installed.
I tried my PDA orbiter and that worked also.
Seems like somewhere along the way I have broken my installation.