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SpinRite won't run on Thinkpad T30 2366 61U

Recently installed a new hard drive and used the Recover disks from Lenovo to rebuild the computer. After partitioning the HD I tried running SpinRite. But it refuses to continue... SpinRite techs say that it is a motherboard/BIOS problem.
I updated the BIOS and the embedded controller. Still the same problem.
Anyone ever heard of this before? Here is SpinRite's explaination: http://www.grc.com/sr/kb/badbios.htm


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  • Alex Howard
    Alex Howard May 11, 2010

    Have you gone to the GRC.com site and asked them?

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My Computer Crashed I had the system drive replaced I need to reinstall the program


I'm not certain what you mean when you say that you did a recovery, but if your files are missing after the recovery, then this is not a good thing. In fact, I'd venture to say that at least some of your files are lost and gone forever.
The problem is that a recovery that involves something like reinstalling the operating system from scratch will almost always erase and overwrite whatever was on the hard disk. That means that your installed programs and your data may be overwritten by the newly installed operating system.
The good news is that it's possible that some of the data was not overwritten. However, continuing to use that hard drive decreases the amount of data that can be recovered with every moment that it's used.

Recovery steps In your shoes, these are the steps that I'd consider performing to recover lost files:
  • Start with search. It's possible that your files have not been erased or deleted at all. Perhaps your recovery was an install of Windows that preserved all of the files on the disk, but set up a new, empty "My Documents" folder. You might expect your files to be in this folder, but as it's a new, empty one, they're not. Use the windows Search function to search the entire hard disk for one or more files whose filename you know. If found, examine the containing folder and you may find more of your documents. Copy them to a safe location.
  • Run CHKDSK. Specifically, "CHKDSK /R" in a Command Prompt window (possibly run with administrative privileges in Windows Vista or Windows 7). If the file system has been corrupted by the crash, it's possible that CHKDSK may uncover lost files. If it reports that it has fixed something, repeat the previous step of searching for your files.
  • Run SpinRite. If CHKDSK reports unrecoverable read or CRC errors, then you may want to consider running a disk surface recovery tool, such as SpinRite. It's not free, but depending on the data that you might have lost, the cost could be very reasonable in comparison. After SpinRite completes (which can take hours), search for your files again. Note: SpinRite can be excruciatingly slow over a USB connection. If you elect to run SpinRite, you'll want a direct connection internal to your PC or perhaps an eSata connection if the computer and drive support it.
  • Run Recuva. Recuva is a free file recovery utility that scans the currently unused free space on your hard disk for files and file fragments that used to be stored there. Any files which were deleted by the recovery process, but not overwritten by subsequent use of the hard drive should, in theory, be recoverable by Recuva.
If your files haven't been recovered at this point, then chances are that they are gone forever.
One last straw to grasp at If you have a large budget (I believe we're talking hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars) and the data that you've lost is that important to you, then it might be worth contacting a data recovery service. Make sure that they do more than what I've just described (many basically do pretty much the equivalent of the list above).
Specifically, ask if they attempt to recover data that has been overwritten. This requires special tools and techniques not available to the average user and would be the reason for contacting them and using their services.
If all that they do is recover deleted files, then you're quite capable of doing that yourself as outlined above.
Above all, learn the lesson

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Four Most Common Password Reset Solutions for Lenovo ThinkPad


<span> <p><img src="lenovo-thinkpad.jpg" />Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop password reset or recovery solution varies depending on which password you have forgotten. The hassle of<span> </span><a href="http://www.passwordunlocker.com/knowledge/reset-lenovo-thinkpad-password.html">Windows password reset</a><span> </span>process will range from simple inconvenience to total valuable data loss. For this, we have collected the most used Lenovo Computer password lost troubles and satisfactory solutions for you.<br /><b>Types of passwords for Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop</b><br />There are four kinds of passwords we will talk about Lenovo ThinkPad computer and the password reset solutions:<br /> <ul> <li>1&gt; Windows logon Password (Administrator, Domain and User account)</li> <li>2&gt; Supervisor Password</li> <li>3&gt; Hard Disk Password (Master and User)</li> <li>4&gt; Power-On Password</li></ul><br /> 1&gt;Windows logon Password for Lenovo ThinkPadWindows logon password for Lenovo ThinkPad is used to keep personal information private and we are always create some administrator or user accounts on Windows 7/Vista/XP PC and also domain admin or AD accounts on Windows Server 2000/2003(R2)/2008(R2). It will be a big besetment when you lost or misplaced the passwords of those accounts. However, with some easily password recovery ways, it is possible to re-access your Windows system with no damage of the data.<br /><b>Reset Lenovo ThinkPad Password with Password Reset Disk</b><br />If you are a cautious user, then you should have created a password reset disk for your Lenovo ThinkPad. So you just need to insert the password reset disk to<span> </span><a href="http://www.passwordunlocker.com/knowledge/reset-windows-7-password.html">reset Lenovo ThinkPad password</a><span> </span>directly.<br /><b>Reset Lenovo ThinkPad Password with Available Windows Administrator Account</b><br />If you can log on as an administrator for your Lenovo ThinkPad with a right password, then you can reset any other passwords of your lost or forgotten Windows logon accounts directly.<br /><b>Reset Lenovo ThinkPad Password with Windows Password Recovery Program</b><br />If you have not created a password reset disk previously, or cannot log on as an administrator with a right password, and for this situation, like me, you still have option to reset lost password for Lenovo ThinkPad PC with third-party software.<span> </span><b>Windows Password Unlocker</b><span> </span>is such a powerful Windows password recovery tool which enables resetting windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, 2003 and 2008 password as blank with 4 easy steps:<br />1. Download and install<span> </span><b><a href="http://www.passwordunlocker.com/windows-password-recovery.html">Windows Password Unlocker</a></b><span> </span>from its official site with an available PC<br />2. Burn a bootable CD/DV or USB flash drive<br />3. Reboot your locked Windows computer from CD/DV or USB flash drive<br />4. Reset lost or forgotten Windows password for Lenovo ThinkPad with easy<br /><b>Reinstall Windows OS</b><br />Reinstall Windows operating system for your Lenovo ThinkPad will be the last choose if you can reset Lenovo ThinkPad password successfully with those workable solutions that have mentioned above.<br /> 2&gt; Supervisor Password for Lenovo ThinkPadA Supervisor password protects the system infor stored in the BIOS. The user must input the Supervisor password in order to get access to the ThinkPad BIOS Setup Utility in order to alter the system configuration. If the Supervisor password is lost there is no way to recover it to enter the BIOS configuration.<br /><b>Reset Forgotten Supervisor Password</b><br />A forgotten Supervisor password will prevent access to the ThinkPad BIOS setup utility. To get access, you need reset the BIOS password with some solutions like locate the jumpers or solder beads, or just contact the computer manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer for resetting forgotten Supervisor password.<br /> 3&gt; Hard Disk Password for ThinkPad ThinkPadThere are two Hard drive passwords: a user Hard drive password for the user and a master Hard drive password for the system administrator. The administrator can use the master password to get access to the hard drive even if a user has changed the user Hard drive password.<br /><b>Reset Forgotten Hard Drive Password</b><br />If the user's Hard drive password has been forgotten, check whether a master Hard drive password has been set. If it has, it can be used for access to the hard drive. If no master Hard drive password is available, or if the administrator forgets the master Hard drive password, then the hard drive must be replaced. For this instance you just need ask help from your computer manufacturer to reset forgotten HDD password.<br /> 4&gt; Power-On Password for Lenovo ThinkPadAn Lenovo ThinkPad Power-on password protects the system from being powered on by an unauthorized person. When it has been set, a prompt will appear during the system start up, and the Power-on password must be entered before an operating system can be booted.<br /><b>Reset Forgotten Power-on Password</b><br />If the Power-on password is forgotten and the Supervisor password is known, simply go into the ThinkPad BIOS setup utility and reset the Power-on password, otherwise try the following:<br />1.Power off the Lenovo ThinkPad computer<br />2.Remove the battery pack<br />3.Remove the backup battery<br />4. Please power on the computer and wait till the POST ends. If the password prompt does not appear then the Power-on password has been reset.<br />5.Reinstall the backup battery and the battery pack.<br /><b>Note:</b><span> </span>Some ThinkPad systems have the ability to reset the Power-on passwords in the ThinkPad BIOS setup utility if a Supervisor password has been set.<br /></span>

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My thinkpad r61e's hard drive was erased how do i get back in it


Was it formatted ,Deleted or just Crashed ???...
The Thinkpad line of laptops, owned and produced by Lenovo, is a series of portable computers. The Thinkpad line was first introduced by IBM in 1992, but has been manufactured under the Lenovo brand since 2005.
At the time it was introduced, the Thinkpad was one of the few affordable, yet high-quality laptops on the market.
Laptops were, at that stage, vastly more expensive than desktops.
The Thinkpad line runs the Windows operating system.
Windows, while generally efficient, has the capability to suffer hard drive crashes.
Fortunately, Thinkpad laptops carry Lenovo's Rescue and Recovery program.
This program can help in crash situations.
Shut down your computer.
Start up your computer.
Watch for the Windows prompt that asks you to press your computer's ThinkVantage button.
Press the ThinkVantage button when prompted, then release it.
Rescue and Recovery will open.
Follow the wizard's instructions
Check the recovery link listed in Link Below (using another computer) for more info if you encounter any difficulties during the process.
http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkvantage_en/tvtvrnr431_007en.txt
also
There are also Data Recovery programs that might be very helpful to recover your important information.
Downloads to Recover Your Files and Save Your Bacon and 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities.
Some addition links found on Google
http://www.datarecoveryreview.net/
http://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm

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Lenovo laptop not booting up


You can boot up your laptop with Tenorshare Data Recovery WinPE to recover your files.It allows users to burn ISO file to CD/DVD/USB Flash Drive and boot up Operating System from bootable CD/DVD/USB Flash Drive directly.You can use it to retrieve data under any boot up problem.Get it from http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/datarecoverywinpe.htm Then perform a system restore to fix your operating system.

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1)How to find and remove the hard drive on the IBM ThinkPad T22 2647. 2)The comp appears to start but screen is blank


hi


to remove the hard disk, remove screws from small hard disk drive door (loacted on back of notebook), disconnect the hard disk by removing two screws (if applicable) pull tab to remove disk.

OR -----

if you do eventually get access to your operating system , when computer runs normally ---

run this test ,, read carefully and follow instructions - go to this link and download the program first

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-70578

then follow instructions below.

Windows XP
  1. Click Start, select Search, then click All files and folders.
  2. Type hddquicktest_setup_60549818x86.exe in the search field, then click Search. This will locate the file you just downloaded.
  3. Double-click the hddquicktest_setup_60549818x86.exe icon.
  4. PC-Doctor for Windows will be installed on your system.
How to Run Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test
Summary
Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test is a diagnostic tool that tests the hard drives in Lenovo ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and Lenovo 3000 computers running Windows XP or Vista released after January 2004. If you are experiencing issues with your Lenovo product, you may run this test to determine if your issues are hard drive related.
Running Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test
To run Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test from Windows, follow these steps:
1. Download the test to your computer.
2. Run the application install and choose the defaults. Once installed, the application will be placed under a "Lenovo Services" choice on your Start Menu.
3. If the application detects that the Lenovo System Toolbox is already installed, it will ask whether you want to continue the installation. This is because the new hard drive test is installed by default as part of the Lenovo System Toolbox.
4. Choose a drive if you have more than one drive.
5. Start the Test
Testing in process:
1. The test may take 4 to 6 minutes depending on the size and speed of the drive.
2. When the diagnostics are complete, a message will be displayed indicating that test "Passed", "Failed", or "further testing is required to verify the drive's proper operation". If further testing is required, start running the extended test. The test may take more than an hour depending on the size and speed of the drive.
3. When the diagnostics are complete the extended test, a message will be displayed indicating that the test Passed" or Failed".
4. If the test failed, contact Lenovo Support Center
Note: Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test is included in http://www.lenovo.com/systemtoolbox
Lenovo System Toolbox is a full application of computer diagnostics utilities.

hope this helps

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XP crash, can I recover my files without reboot/loss of data?


If this just happed, nothing was deleted or installed, I would try to run Spinrite before you go down the path of a rebuild. it maybe possible to restore this file with Spinrite. I have done this before. Spinrite is pricey but can be used on other PC's for drive maintenance.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm


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My Thinkpad/Lenova R51 had a hard drive failure. I got a new hard drive and installed it in the computer. Then I attempted to use the rescue and recovery cd and the product recovery cd's that came with...


The partition that had the Lenovo image was on the old hard drive not the new one you purchased, so you will not be able to restore from image. Look on the bottom of the laptop for the Windows version. Is it Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro? You will need a Microsoft Windows disk to reinstall and you can use the serial number on the sticker to activate. This is all legal because the serial number belongs to the laptop. Unfortunately, finding a Windows software might be difficult. Ask a friend if they have a disk of the same operating system.

Might be easier to take to a tech and pay $60.00 (I wouldn't pay nmore than that) and have them reinstall basic windows and drivers for you.

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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad R52. I went to the IBM


you'll have to use the software Everest Free Edition, it will guide you to which wireless website you need to download from, it will scan
your laptop and identify your wireless model

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Hard Disk Failure


Here are some tips.
1. Repalce the old one with new, install operating system, then connect the old one as a slave. Most of the time the OS will recognize the slave drive and you can copy data. Unfortunately this method will not allow you to copy your installed programs, only data and other stuff and is more time consuming.

2. Here's the old man's trick. Take out the failed disk, wrap it nicely with a few layers of plastic, so that moisture or water will not go inside and place it in the freezer overnight. Google this for more info, as this trick has helped a lot of people to recover their data.

There are more you can do, but since the drive is not booting up, these are your two main options.

3. Another one is to get an external enclosure and put the old one inside that and connect to a working pc and copy the data, but this requires either you do the first option or have another PC AND the external enclosure.

And remember, you may have to do chkdsk or use some third party programs, if the disk is corrupted beyond a level.

I would recommend "spinrite", a free data recovery program.
Link: http://www.grc.com/intro.htm
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpinRite

Good Luck & let us know if you need more info.

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