HDD boots on one laptop, but not another

June 11, 2010 at 10:41:23
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Hello, I've got two IBM laptops (An A21m, and an R52) and one malfunctioning HDD (it's a 9.5mm 20GB 5400RPM ATA/IDE Hitachi Travelstar).

I was trying to transfer the HDD from the A21m to the R52. The HDD was formatted on the A21m, then I put it into the R52, which was not recognized by the BIOS or any other diagnostic software I've been able to get my hands on. The weird part about this is that once it is back into the A21m system, it works perfectly fine. I can install any OS, boot it up, and do everything needed with it. If I put it into the R52, nothing. At all.

I'd appreciate any help in this :) thanks!

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June 11, 2010 at 13:10:28
It will have to be seen by the bios for any hope. It may be that the drive chipset is bad or set wrong or cables bad or power bad.

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June 13, 2010 at 16:17:46
Then that leaves me with one last option. Update the BIOS.

Can one run a BIOS setup utility by a flash drive without an OS? If so, how?

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June 13, 2010 at 16:26:57
How did you come to the conclusion that you need to flash the BIOS?

You haven't explained which laptop the "bad hard drive" came from. Maybe the hard drive is not the problem but rather the controller or something else.

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June 13, 2010 at 17:35:22
Hi there,

The controller on the 2nd laptop is giving you hard time.

Try placing some othe rhard drive and see the result.

Best of luck

Imran Khan


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