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2 different HP laptop HDD failed - can BIOS be responsible?


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#1 caseyjay

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 02:21 PM

Hi, I have 2 HP laptops (2510p & nc2400) laptop and one 1.8 ZIF drive (Hitachi 60gb).  Running Win7 for years and occasionally swapped disk between laptops and had no problems.

 

I upgraded to Win10 on the 2510p all ok.  To see how it would work on the nc2400 so swapped across the HDD but couldn't post - after further tests I reckon the nc2400 motherboard has failed.

 

When I popped HDD back into the 2510p it failed to boot - not detected in BIOS. Returns the "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable. PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent. No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key".

 

I swapped out the ZIF interface but no luck.  I guessed I somehow had killed the disk. I figured if I got another disk I could see if it was a mainboard or disk problem.

 

I bought another 2510p with broken LCD and 80gb disk running XP. Here's what I did next:

 

1. Checked disk in the donor laptop, running some custom boot script but got it running into XP

2. Booted disk in my own 2510p - stalled at black screen with some unintelligible text, turned off

3. Put Win7 DVD media in 2510p and restarted - this time booted into XP - confirms that my MB was ok

4. Put disk back into donor laptop, idea being to upgrade OS from there.

5. Won't boot - I saw an 'imminent drive failure' message then returns the 'no bootable device' as above.

 

So in short,

1st Hard drive worked ok in my laptop, but failed after I booted it up in another laptop.

2nd Hard drive worked ok in donor laptop, but failed after it had once booted in another laptop.

 

I dare not put a 3rd one in my main laptop - but now have 3 laptops, 2 working screens, 2 working Mainboards but no drives.

 

Wondering then if BIOS settings in my 2510p could affect this?

 

Otherwise, how do hard drives fail?  thx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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