I have an IBM Thinkpad T23-2647 laptop that needs a new hard drive. Can you tell me the steps involved for installation of the new HD and transfer of data from the old HD? I'm new at this but I'm willing to learn! Thanks!
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First you need to transfer all your files to disk cd or other. Then find out where the hard drive is. In that model I think its on the side unscrew the screws and it should slip out by pulling on it.
then swap it over. When you turn it on depending where you got the hard drive it may need to reinstall windows if it dont boot up. The bios should pick up your new device/drive.
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This indicates a hard drive problem, have it tested to confirm, because the hardware may need to be replaced. First try and reload windows with cd installation disc if that does not work the hard drive must be suspect.
The solution is different for each model, so if it's not on the list it probably won't work. IBM bios issues usually involve motherboard replacements or the epprom needs to be changed in order to access it. If the person who gave it to you, is there a chance you can get the information? you can try ebay, there are sellers who claim they can resolve the problem.
You can use your Windows installation CD to format the hard drive and install Windows again. Boot up the ThinkPad with the Windows installation, follow the instructions to delete the existing partition, then create a new partition, then format the hard drive - do a full format, NOT a quick format. You can then continue to complete the Windows installation.
You have to install Windows or other operating system on the new hard drive before you can use it. If you already installed it, then it means Windows got corrupted. You can try to Repair your Windows using the Windows installation CD (for Repair choose R when prompted). You can let the automatic repair to try and fix it, if that doesn't work upon restart reboot and start the Repair again, but this time select Command Prompt or Console and put in "bootrec /rebuildbcd" without the quotes. If you don't have Windows installation CD you can try downloading Hiren's Boot CD and try to fix the bootmgr with the utilities from the disc: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/
I would like to help with the removal of your Hard drive from your R31 Thinkpad Laptop, please see steps below.
First turn your Laptop OFF.
Flip it over to see the bottom of your Laptop.
Your Hard Drive will be located on the side of your Laptop just across from where the battery is.
You see that there will just be one screw to release the Hard drive, unscrew the Hard Drive it should be free after unscrewing it, pull it out of the Laptop.
After pulling the Hard Drive out of the Laptop you can just pull out the Hard Drive cover from the Hard Drive.
Now you can install your new Hard Drive to your Laptop.
Make sure the the Hard Drive is inserted the correct way, look inside to see where the Hard Drive connector will be located that is how you will put the new Hard drive in the bay.
Putting it back is just reversing the steps we did to remove you Hard Drive from the Laptop.
Note: Do this on a clean table no liquids or anything that may get in the Laptop causing Blockage or damage to your Laptop.
I hope that this will be of help regarding your concern, have a nice day.
You don't need to get a command prompt to format the hard drive.
Just boot up with the CD as the first boot device. Press F12 just after you switch on the laptop, then select the CD as the temporary boot device, insert the Windows XP install CD in the drive.
When the install process starts and displays the partitions, delete the existing partitions, then create a new partition, and then do a full NTFS format, not a quick format.
Now ou are on your way for a new Windows install.
The Thinkpad T23 is old, and would not worth fixing. Save your money on a new one.
The problem with your laptop is that the hard disk or the disk controller has failed and therefore cannot find the operating system on the hard disk. The error message states that it can't see the operating system that is on the hard disk.
If the hard disk is the only thing that has failed then you can buy a new hard disk and install Windows operating system on it to get a working laptop again. You will also most likely need to download the device drivers (ie. video, audio, modem, LAN adapter etc.) from IBM to install after the Windows installation.
Try to borrow a 2.5" drive or get a cheap one from a computer market and fit it to your laptop to see if the BIOS can detect the hard drive. If it works then outlay some money to buy a decent size hard drive, no point wasting money if the laptop is faulty.