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How to check laptop sata/power cable for HDD?

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July 1, 2013 5:53:46 PM

My lenovo s10-3 laptop, stuck at the boot screen. If i clicked F2, it will wait for 2-3 minutes before it go to BIOS, HDD is not found in BIOS. I checked the Harddrive, it is working fine. So next step i think i need to check the sata/power cable maybe? any advise?
July 1, 2013 6:03:30 PM

Laptops generally don't have SATA/power cables for HDDs, those are usually built in to the motherboard. What did you do to check the HDD? Usually if it takes that long, it's having trouble initializing something (probably HDD). Can you leave the HDD out of the laptop, reboot it and see how long it takes to reach the BIOS? If it's a lot faster and you're sure the HDD is fine, try resetting the BIOS by removing the big power battery, and the CMOS battery from the motherboard for about 30s. The battery is usually located under the keyboard. If that doesn't work, you may need to get the board replaced. Could try another HDD if you can get your hands on one, too.
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July 2, 2013 4:55:19 AM

leo2kp said:
Laptops generally don't have SATA/power cables for HDDs, those are usually built in to the motherboard. What did you do to check the HDD? Usually if it takes that long, it's having trouble initializing something (probably HDD). Can you leave the HDD out of the laptop, reboot it and see how long it takes to reach the BIOS? If it's a lot faster and you're sure the HDD is fine, try resetting the BIOS by removing the big power battery, and the CMOS battery from the motherboard for about 30s. The battery is usually located under the keyboard. If that doesn't work, you may need to get the board replaced. Could try another HDD if you can get your hands on one, too.


removed hdd in the socket, entering BIOS just need 1-2s
removed hdd and swap with another laptop, hdd was running fine.
removed CMOS battery already for > 30s, but no help

really don't want to replace board as it is hassle :(  do you recommend to buy a new laptop or replacing it will do? any DIY solutions? thanks!


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