My wife wanted new memory and a larger hard drive on her ASUS A54C Laptop.
Put in a new SO-DIMM and BIOS saw the memory, so that worked.
Backed up the data files only (didn't do an image...:-( )
Took her HDD out and tried to clone it using Acronis True Image 2014 on my desktop. (Note - I've done this step a few times, mostly to clone an operating system onto a SSD.)
For some reason, the cloning did not work. Now I'm stuck with neither drive working in the laptop! The laptop will not boot, won't go through POST, no cursor, nothing....
Have tried all sorts of recovery disks, bootable DVDs, bootable CDs, etc.
The DVD/CD drive starts to spin, but nothing happens, not even a prompt. Cannot get into the setup screen (BIOS). It will not even work with a Windows 7 installation disk! Also not with an image file built from a generic Win7 iso using Acronis.
This is getting embarrassing......
Here are the laptop particulars (when it was last running)
BIOS Platform K54C, Version 205 - 2/16/12
Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Core I3
Old HDD - Toshiba MK3259GSXP 320 GB
New HDD - WD WD5000BPKX
Also; been trying to get this up and running without putting it completely back together again. Maybe this model has some sort of freaky case-open stuff that keeps it from working if all the pieces are not back together?? Don't know, just asking.