HP HDD Error Code 303 - Atypical Hardware Failure
I have a laptop that has developed a very strange set of symptoms for what would seem to be standard hdd failure. It is an HP dv7 17'' with AMD Vision Premium processor. It refuses to boot, giving the "Disk read error occurred, press control-alt-delete to restart" message. Running the hdd diagnostics from BIOS yields the 303 error, which usually means that the drive is failing. However, I am able to put the drive into another computer (through a SATA to USB bridge) and read all data without an issue, and I am also able to put a known good drive into the dv7 and boot up without an issue. What is more, on the hdd that gives the 303 error I can load the Splashtop OS without a problem and even access files (music, etc.) from the drive, but booting to Windows always fails. I know how to troubleshoot Windows boot issues, but I am utterly confused as to why the BIOS would say that the hdd is failing when everything else seems to work perfectly well. I have to check the SMART data, which is my next thought, but I was hoping that you all might have some idea as to what the problem might be. I would deeply appreciate any help you can provide, thanks!