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Windows 7: Laptop won't boot (Logo screen),can't boot from USB/DVD or access BIOS

11 Jan 2016   #21
JoeHannes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Good news!

I think I don't need to go all the way through to the BIOS battery.

I removed the hard drive and started the notebook. I easily got into the BIOS. I set an USB stick as first boot option and I could boot from that live Ubuntu USB stick.

So thank you all very much for your help so far!

The problem remains though:
I shut the PC down and put the hard drive back in. When I then started the computer, I had just the same problem as before: black screen with logo on it and I can't access the BIOS any longer. I have not removed the USB stick I had used before.

Maybe I need to format the hard drive? How would I do this? Can I put it back in while the PC is running (as ubuntu live system)?

Anyway, you are the specialists: please, tell me how to go on.


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11 Jan 2016   #22
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Sorry late reply mate it looks as if the drive might have some sort of a problem then. Well formatting the drive is up to whether you have access to another machine to do that with as I cannot think of how that is going to happen as is.

If you are thinking of a clean install then I would be inclined to wipe the drive - clean or clean all rather than just a format. Now depending on the machine you use to do this you could either install the drive into that machine and use DISKPART to find the drive and do the job on it. The other option is to get an adaptor so that you can hook it up to another laptop/desktop via a USB connection see pic (there are other types but the principle is the same)

The DISKPART process is here Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command


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11 Jan 2016   #23
JoeHannes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Nothing to be sorry about. You are always very quick with your answers - and even more important: very helpful

I'm having a notebook here, which I'm working with right now. This doesn't have two hard drive slots or anything. So I will probably have to get me the adaptor stuff on the picture, right?

But do I need all of this? I would have thought the thing with the silver cable is enough. Or do I need external power supply?
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11 Jan 2016   #24
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok mate you can try just using just the silver cable but the drive needs a power source to run and the power form the laptop might not be enough even if you use the power USB port on the machine.

As I said that one is a tad overly cabled and there are others (usually more expensive) available that are less "wired up" but still need a power supply.
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11 Jan 2016   #25
JoeHannes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I'm sorry that I still don'T get it. But this whole hardware thing is all new to me. Questions on the picture …


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12 Jan 2016   #26
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok mate if the drive is SATA for the data then you will need to use the red lead to hook the drive to the block on the USB connector it is hard to see but on that black block there is a SATA socket.

The power block has a Molex connector and if the drive is a SATA power you need to use that lead that has the four coloured cables in it to convert the Molex (on the power supply block) to SATA power for the drive.

So in effect the drive has two connections 1. the red one for data (from the drive to the "head" and 2. the SATA power plug for drive power (uses the four cable connecting piece form power brick to the drive) .

Maybe this adapted pic might be clearer


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12 Jan 2016   #27
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Johannes mate another type I talked of - usually more expensive but simpler and you will find heaps on EBay


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27 Jan 2016   #28
JoeHannes

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
New hard drive did the thing

Hey guys,

I just wanted to let you know that the notebooks is running again.
In the end I bought a new hard drive, instead of buying all the stuff I would have needed in order to repair the drive.
I used the opportunity to upgrade to an SSD.

Thank you all very much, who have helped me with their comments. Special thanks to ICIT2LOL,

Joe
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