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System says that it doesnt detect a hard drive,

It also states to make sure the drive is powered up. How do I determine if the drive is getting power, or if the drive has gone bad. The laptop is only a couple of years old.

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Go into the bios to see if the drive shows up there, if it doesn't then the drive has failed


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This type of message indicates that the BIOS is unable to detect an operating system. What may cause this condition can be a loose hard drive, a bad data cable, bad hard drive, bad motherboard storage controller, malware, virus, or incorrect BIOS setting.

To troubleshoot, start by entering the BIOS and see if the BIOS detects your hard drive. If it is detected then make sure it is set as the 1st boot priority item. If it is not detected, then open up your laptop to inspect the wiring of the hard drive. Make sure it is firmly seated into the motherboard connector (Don't forget to have the laptop/pc powered off before opening the machine).

Next, remove the hard drive from the laptop and connect it to a motherboard from a desktop to see if it spins and loads the operating system. If it does work, then the hard drive is ok and the motherboard on the laptop is damaged.

You can also use a functional hard drive to install on the pc/laptop to rule out a bad motherboard.

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It looks like you have a hard drive issue try on boot up pressing F2 into BIOS it should recognize it there if it doesn't I'm afraid you will have to take it to a trusted repair shop, sound like your hard drive is possibly defect

When you turn on your computer, the BIOS does several things. This is its usual sequence:
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  3. Initialize registers and power management
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  7. Initiate the bootstrap sequence computer254_3.jpg
  8. Is this the screen that your are getting on start up
  9. Look at the following example of a BIOS sreen after pressing F2
  10. computer254_4.jpg
  11. Hope this helps you further diagnose your problem

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If it was me, I would not waste my time and money trying to get a new hard drive for this ThinkPad.
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Swap the hard drive.
if id doesnt wrk then..
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ribbon connection From Motherboard, Not supplying power or not enough power.

Try An external USB Hard-Drive, see if this Works.

Check Connecting pins On hard-Drive And Computer Mating Surface. Blow to remove Any Dust.
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