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mb5398
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L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

Hi, as I said in the title my Lenovo L540 laptop is stuck in an infinite boot menu/app menu after it says media test failure. Can anyone offer a solution?

 

 

mb5398
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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

For reference I've attached the error message below.

HawkeyeQ
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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

Hello.

 

Please check that your drive (SSD or HDD) is detected in BIOS.

If it's not, then the system tries to boot from network (option seems to be enabled) and fails.

Hence, it loops over and over. If your drive is faulty (or unbootable), it is normal behavior.

Try to boot from an external disk (USB perhaps) and see what happens.

 

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mb5398
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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

Sure, how do I check that the drive is detected? I'm in thinkpad setup now (that's BIOS right?)

I attached a pic of what I'm looking at.

 

Also I do have an external hard drive with an old hard drive in a casing with a USB cord to connect to the comp. Would that work and would I have to change the settings in the bios for it to be treated as my normal hard drive?

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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

You have to go to "Startup".

You should see your drive there.

Here's a list of things to check:
https://support.lenovo.com/gr/en/solutions/migr-4yqlgr


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HawkeyeQ
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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

The external drive should be bootable.

I would try (for example) the Windows installation media (USB).

If you don't have such a USB, create one using Creation Tool (choose Windows version):
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10


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mb5398
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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

The drive was detected in BIOS, but after running a quick storage device test I can see my hard drive definitely seems to have errors as shown in the pic attached.

 

I'll attempt to create that Windows installation media USB although I'll need another Windows computer to do so it looks like.

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Re: L540 stuck in boot menu/app menu (media test failure)

Looks like your hard drive is at no good condition.

However, I would test it again with the manufacturer's tool, found here:
https://www.hgst.com/support/hard-drive-support/downloads#DFT

It requires connecting your drive (as external hard disk - use a caddy) to another, working computer since you cannot boot into Windows.

Another reason you should do that is to see if you can salvage some of your data in case your drive is "readable" (at least to an extent) by the other machine (it might "see" it even though your drive is apparently not bootable).

Perhaps this is the "motivation" you needed to move from traditional hard disk to SSD... Smiley Happy

 

Regards,


HawkeyeQ
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