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laptop will not boot hard drive

by jamthom / September 1, 2011 5:25 PM PDT

my hard drive will not boot. I took a working drive out of another laptop and it booted fine so i put the drive that would not boot in the other machine and it booted fine. when swapped back,it still wont boot in original machine. very confussing please help

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dont think it is mother board
by jamthom / September 1, 2011 5:45 PM PDT

both computers will boot up fine. computer # 1 boots with hard drive from computer # 2. computer #2 will boot with hard drive from computer # 1. computer # 1 will not boot with its original hard drive that will boot in computer #2. It just gives me a black screen with a blinking cursor. diagnostics say replace hard drive but it works fine in another computer

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I saw that ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 1, 2011 5:29 PM PDT

with my daughters laptop. Replacing the motherboard was nearly as expensive as buying a new laptop, so we did that. Could be the same with you.

In between, we tried a system recovery from the recovery partition and a clean install from the disk. Both failed with disk errors. While the disk, as with you, was OK. So it had to be something else.


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thanks but i think that is it
by jamthom / September 1, 2011 5:39 PM PDT
In reply to: I saw that ...

I can understand a bad mother board but both computers boot up jfine ,ust the one will not boot up with that particular hard drive but hat drive boots up fine in another machine

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Re: boot
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 1, 2011 5:45 PM PDT

You didn't tell that this laptop would boot with other drives. Then your problem is solved already. Just use that other drive. Seems easier than using dban to fully erase this one and reinstall the OS on it from the recovery disk, and even that is not guaranteed to lead to a result.


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