HI, My new larger hdd failed. so I put back the original 20GB hdd. It will not find the OS (XP). We got to a dos shell and ran FDISK. It shows C: as the fat32 partition and active. I set the NTFS partition as active. Rebooted. Still fails. Ran FDISK again, and FAT32 is still the active partition. How do I get it to boot to XP?
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As you are aware the HDD interface on the T30 is IDE. I replaced my 20GB with a 320GB IDE with no problems. Many sites offer replacement HDDs with the added bonus of supplying Factory Restore CDs. If you could find a SSD in IDE configuration, it's a simple job to fit the drive and reinstall the OS. Make sure you have the latest BIOS. Good Luck.
60GB HDD orderable as marketing option part number 08K9688 has a height
of 12.5mm and will not fit in the HDD slot of the systems with the
touch pad installed. For these systems, it is only supported via the
ThinkPad 2nd HDD Adapter for the Ultrabay 2000.
The 60GB HDD orderable as replacement service part number 08K9833 is 9.5mm.
Supports one additional HDD which can be used concurrently to offer expanded storage utilizing the Ultrabay 2000
S.M.A.R.T technology to issue an alert if a hardware failure is pending
ATA Bus Interface
4200 or 5400 rpm
you can upgrade the HDD, it is not designed to be removed and
reinserted on a regular basis. Repeated and frequent removal, for
purposes other than to upgrade for greater capacity, can cause damage
to the system. The Ultrabay 2000 HDD adapter is designed to provide
this flexibility with a second HDD in the Ultrabay 2000 IBM says. I say if the OS recognises it and so does the BIOS, you're good. good luck, hope this helps.-jmattes p.s. I found this info on: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-42218.html
PXE media failure means the system is trying to boot via Network card not your hard drive.
When you performed fdisk then formatted the disk, you might have not selected an active or logical partitioning to support the OS. Run the PSA diagnostics by holding the Fn button before turning on your computer. If it gives you an error, it means your HDD has gone bad and needs to be replaced.
If it freezes during the the loading of files during the installation, it means that your RAMs are bad because the windows loader dumps all the information to the RAM chips. If it does hang during the installation of files, two points of failure are to be looked upon, the RAMs and the HDD.
I recommend you reset the BIOS to the factory settings as to reset the boot priority so it does boot to HDD first, not to any of the bootable drives available on your computer.
The master boot record maybe be corrupted or virus infected.
To fix the MBR, boot up with your DOS disk and type fdisk /mbr
Then install XP, and delete all partitions and then create a new partition, then do a full NTFS format on the new partition.
MAY BE THIS COULD HELP. PUT YOUR LAPTOP IN FRONT OF A FAN, THEN TRY TO FORMAT IT AGAIN, IT SOUND FUNNY BUT I FACE THIS CASE MORE THEN 3 TIMES, THE LAPTOP JUST TOO HOT DURING THE INSTALLATION (PUT THE FAN WITH LEFT SIDE FACING THE FAN) JUST SHARING=)
try to boot your machine using window 98 startup disk or window 98 bootable CD. then type fdisk on DOS prompt. Then try to delete non dos partation and the create primary dos partation. Restart your machine, let it start window or the floppy until it return to dos prompt. Then you can type the format c: e.g a:\format c: or D:\format c:. After that try to run window xp.
The 2 gig partition is probably your recovery partition that allows you to restore your computer from the hard drive instead of the Operating System discs that came with the unit. You don't really want to mess with your partitions (you may accidently delete all your data). I'd recommend using Acronis True Image and backing your data to an external hard drive first, you can copy individual folders or the entire hard drive. Then you can just destructive restore your entire hard drive back to factory settings.
You have obviously deleted the partition that the laptop could recover from but usually if you are supplied a cd to recover windows, there is normally a drivers folder within the cd but not the aplications, such as anti virus although these are only for a trial period.
for things like microsoft works if supplied, are normally on a seperate cd.
Without knowledge of your partition software, you should be able to partition the HDD and then copy the files from one drive to another, but the restore may not work as the system files may not weave together when you come to restore.
I would imagine it's only the drivers that's youre main concern, which you can install from your other laptop.