I have an ibm t30 with xp pro loaded or was loaded on. I was having problems with windows updates etc so I did a system restore. The restore worked but it didnt , i still had programs and things loaded that shouldnt have been so I decided to run xp pro cd and reformat it but it refuses to load and get error message: drive is unformatted or damage drive,,,,is there a way to fix? It only shows one drive so I dont have option to do a partition etc. I am lost as to what to do, I dont know if hard drive is gone or if can be repaired etc. I am trying to reformat my T30 with a XP pro disk from my school and it can't find drivers and I get the blue screen of death. Does anyone know what to do?
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Re: t30 wont reformat
Sounds like you have a faulty hard drive. Can you see or detect the hard drive in the BIOS?
To test the hard drive, remove it from the laptop and connect it to a USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the various folders and files, then it os OK and the fault is in the laptop.
If the hard drive is faulty, then you need to replace the hard drive in the laptop and install Windows to get the laptop working again.
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first i want you to open internet page then tools at top
then advanced click to restore
then security click to restore default or apply.
restart system then without going on any programs do a virus scan
please let me know what happens
download "hirens boot cd" and burn to a cd, select the machine to boot from cd, when boot cd loads, select boot cd, it will take you into a dos menu, select hard drive tools, there are a number of utilities there for you perform surface scans a bad sector checks and repair tools
ok, go to start>control panel>system>hardware>device manager. then expand the "sound devices" category, try to find what looks like your sound card and double click on it to open the properties window. Then go to the "driver" tab and click on update driver....hope this helps....if you know any information about your sound card, that'd help......you can search for the currect drivers and firmware online.
your mouse freezes; you should only use system restore as a last resort any virus/spyware you had in the past will come back turn the computer off(you may have to shut power off pressing on power button) when you see ibm logo, tap F8 key repeatedly until your hear beeps or a high pitched noise use option safe mode; use 'most recent config where my settings worked' option in safe mode(use up and down arrow keys to highlght, then press enter) If that does not work, try another(earlier) restore pt w system restore or install mouse drivers on a cd on another laptop, then place in cd rom and try to install it on the problem laptop if this is no good, you should really reinstall windows, back up impt docs, etc.(delete old partition) that model has a built in restore function by pressing F11 on startup, it will restore your piece to factory condition(along w spyware that comes along w the builtin ibm utility) I had the same exact laptop, the fan got noisy, so I replaced it w another that was from a good t30, guess what: "fan error" Ibm laptops are too problematic to work on thats why I use dell if you need more help, msg me or post on here -
its oem, you either need IBMs restore cd for your particular laptop (model) or an xp pro (any service pack will do) OEM disk. You can not get the OEM disk at best buy, circuit city target etc those are retail versions and will not work. Newegg.com or frys electronics are your best bet, but by buying it from them you are getting another copy of xp pro, just use the cd with the keycode on your laptop and then you can install xp pro on another pc using the code that came with the disk. MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING AN OEM VERSION AND NOT A RETAIL VERSION.
Some technical stuff: For the xp pro disk you MUST have the COA product key available, this is usually on the bottom of your laptop, for IBMs disk you just have to have an IBM WITH an IBM motherboard as without the motherboard it will not work. For example, the motherboard goes out and you replace it with a non ibm board it will only boot for 3-5 times, the ideaa is that this gives you time to get your documents off. This is per Microsoft agreement with ibm and all other Original equipment manufactures this include hp, dell etc.
sorry if this is too technical for you please let me know.