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Topic # 87930 10-Aug-2011 17:57
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I have a problem with a laptop Hard Drive that I cannot work out.
The laptop belongs to a friend who accidentally unplugged it (no battery installed) without shutting it down. The Operating System is Vista Home Premium.
Now I cannot get it to boot. All I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor. I thought the MBR was probably corrupt, but cannot fix it. I cannot get the safe mode options up when I press F8, and it refuses to boot from the CD/DVD drive at all.
Now comes the strange part.
I took the Hard Drive out and took the HD out of my laptop and swapped them (my HD in friends laptop abd hers in mine).
My laptop started up ok and I was able to access her files etc, but obviously drivers were different etc.
My friends laptop with my HD in it started ok as well. 
But when I put the original HD back in friends laptop I again cannot boot and get the Black screen etc again.
This has got me very puzzled.
Does anyone have any ideas about this?
Thanks.
 

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  Reply # 505103 11-Aug-2011 17:08
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That is a good one.

How about if you set up a safe mode (and/or step by step) boot on your machine using msconfig.exe then put the drive back in your friends laptop and boot it there.

Does the bios have an option for optical boot? is booting something from USB an option?




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