After a BIOS upgrade or installation of a new hard drive, the following error message may appear at POST:
Warning: Your internal hard disk drive (HDD) may not function correctly
on this system. Ensure that your HDD is supported on this system and
that the latest HDD firmware is installed. Press <Esc> to continue
Press <F1> to Setup
The system appears to boot normally after escape
is pressed and the operating system will load.
There are three possible workarounds to eliminate the error:
- Update the hard drive firmware to the latest level. Download the hard drive firmware update, and then apply to your hard drive.
Note: This update requires a floppy disk drive.
- Replace the hard drive with one supported by the system being used.
the hard drive, producing the 2010, error in the Ultrabay of the system
or a docking station with the second hard drive adapter instead. The
interface to the Ultrabay is parallel ATA. For more information visit, ThinkPad Second Hard Drive Adapter for Ultrabay Slim - Overview
This error is purposely generated to alert the user to potential
problems with diagnostic or copy tools. There are known issues with
several of these listed below.
- Disk Fitness Test (DFT) version 3.xx provided by
Hitachi GST which uses vendor specific commands on the hard drive.
These may not be correctly interpreted since they must pass through the
serial to parallel ATA bridge. However, version 4.00 or later of the
Disk Fitness Test (DFT) will work.
- HDDTEST version 0.28 by Hitachi GST does not function properly for similar reasons. Instead, use HDDTEST version 0.29 or later.
copy tools may function slowly or produce incorrect output,
specifically previous versions of Norton/Symantec Ghost. These versions
are not compatible with the Serial-ATA interface of the Intel ICH6M
chip set. Documentation on this problem may be found at
www.symantec.com. It is recommended to use either a newer version of
Ghost, Norton Ghost 2003 (version 2003.789 or later) or Symantec Ghost
8.0 or later, or to use the -FNI switch when invoking Ghost from the
command prompt (For example, Ghost.exe -FNI with the current version of Ghost).
Other disk copy tools and related applications, such as some backup programs, may also have similar behavior.
hard drives shipped in the affected systems will not display the
message because they already have firmware that recognizes this new
Serial ATA bridge chip. However, a similar drive from an earlier
ThinkPad system or an OEM drive might cause the error message to be
displayed. Customers may also notice the POST error message after
applying a ThinkPad BIOS update if a drive without the firmware update
is installed in the system. Some early systems were shipped with a
system BIOS version that did not provide this POST error message.
Updated BIOS has been released to provide this informative POST error
message to users.