[Wiltshire] Has anybody had laptops that refuse to speak to any SATA hard disk?

Henry Tarling (www.wcug.co.uk - admin) admin at wcug.co.uk
Wed Jul 30 22:51:28 BST 2008

Simon Iremonger wrote:
> I have this bizarre problem.. I wonder if John or anybody else
>   recognizes this ? --
> HP dv2000 Laptop machine, with Fujitsu (uugh!) SATA 2.5" hard disk...
> ...Had some kind of corruption/dataloss type problem -- but there was
>   no problem recovering the data using a desktop machine with SATA
>   cable... and I thought I found write-errors / sector errors that
>   have gone a way by doing a full w/r badblocks scan on the disk.
> I... replaced the disk with a new Seagate disk... (expecting that
>   this is the usual case of disk failure given that I also had
>   trouble with the disk AND a previous technician declared there
>   to be hard disk problems).
> I am finding that the laptop will NOT see either the old or new
>   SATA disk, despite resetting CMOS and reseating connectors etc.
>   - the disk appears to spin-up but just not be 'seen' by the BIOS.
> The machine seems to work -- could use it from a USB-disk or
>   flash-card or CD etc... -- it just won't see any SATA hard
>   disks!!!
> Does anybody recognize this particular sort of weirdness at all?
> Thanks,
> --Simon
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I have a USB - SATA cable if that will help you test the disk any more
than you can already. If that is any help drop me and email, happy to
lend out for a bit.

The cable does all types of sata, ide and has its own PSU for desktop

Henry Tarling
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