Have replaced original hard drive with a new one. New one might have an operating system installed or might not. All we have right now is a screen with a blinking cursor. We see where we can access the Bio Utility Setup. Where do we go from here?
Pop a linux live cd (I reccomend PC Linux 2007) that is what I am using in my ibm t-21 laptop. It will load and run from the cd drive, then install it to the new hard drive. Ps. it will work with a belkin usb wi-fi internet access point. Mine does
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Re: ibm think pad t20
Make sure your replacement hard drive is compatible in geometry (supported by your ThinkPad T20). Check and see if your BIOS setup utility has an auto-detect function.
It would be good if you knew the contents of your replacement drive. You said it might be installed, it might not. If there is nothing on the drive, the ThinkPad should report 'no operating system' or similar message, but it is possible that it might not show anything other than a blinking cursor
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Hi,well these should work for you,to get to safe mode,power up the system as the IBM thinkpad logo is about to be displayed press the F8 key just before the Windows loading screen comes up so as to get to safe mode.if it does not work try reloading the operating system using operating system disc.
The error message PXE-E61 is Network card that try to conect this is because hard drive failure or Operating System
check on the bios if you can see the hard drive if you see the drive it could be the OS
Three reasons why its not making it. One is a faulty hard drive, and even though you bought a new one it can still be faulty. Two is your Windows XP Disc is damaged but the most likely one is that your motherboards slot for the hard drive and/or more are faulty and is not working well. Run XP and choose 'Format Drive' and Install two partitions, one C Drive and D Drive giving each equal amounts and installing NTFS on one part and FAT32 on the other and see which one runs the best. If both fail, Replace your Hard Drive with the origional one where windows was shot and Format and do the same things as above with the partitions and NTFS and FAT32. If again it fails borrow another hard drive and again do the same things and again if it fails. Also since you said its difficult to make it to the part for partitions replace your CD Drive if the CD looks good and re run the boot disc. If all fails, replace your motherboard and give it all another go
Could be a problem with the MBR or Master Boot Record. It could be damaged. It's only a file system type problem not a hardware fault. Have a look here. http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-boot-record-windows-linux-lilo-fixmbr.php
Hey there jlricker, in order to accomplish your task you need an external drive, with the ability to do full copy, from another drive installed in your computer. One such option is EZ Upgrade Kit. It includes the external drive case and data copying software. You can use the case and old hard drive as a regular external when you are done. Good Luck!
So, what is it you want to do?
The hard drive on a T20 is in a slot on the left side of the unit, and it's cover can be taken off by removing 1 screw on the bottom just under the sound ports.
Hope that helps.
I would say the hard drive is failing. But need to run a diagnostic on it to be sure.
If you would like to know where to get the ibm / hitachi hard drive diagostic let me know. It's free for download and you can get a bootable ISO image to burn onto cd. Allowing you to boot from cd in order to test the drive.
As far as replacing, you should be good with a 60gb or 80gb. Did it orginally have a 20gb in it? I would say for most people, 60-80 is way more than enough. Unless you have a ton of music or pictures.