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Working on a Lenovo ThinkPad which was dropped.

Oddly enough it won't recognize it's own (standard) hard disk or boot from the CD/DVD drive, but will recognize an SSD and boot via USB - I'm at a loss to explain why. Any thoughts appreciated.

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Is the HDD being picked up in the BIOS? Can you hook it up externally and see if it spins up? – jmreicha Jul 9 '12 at 18:08
Yeah it spins, in fact I recovered the data from it, it does list in the bios, but doesn't appear to be bootable. – toomanyairmiles Jul 9 '12 at 19:17

If you have a spare drive that's clean and empty, try to install Windows on it and see if it boots. Pretty bizzare but just another reason to sell the client on a new SSD.

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