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lennyo3034
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Need replacement Hard Drive, What model?

My computer has recently failed, and I ended up taking it to best buy's Geek squad. (I know I know, but it was free). They determined that my hard drive had failed and would need to be replaced. However they said the drive was a PATA drive and not a SATA and would therefore be more difficult to find a replacement for. They recommended that I just buy a new computer.

 

My question is: will a SATA or SATA II drive be compatible with this computer? Everything I read about the T61P is that they used SATA hard drives. If so, is there a way I can find which hard drives will be compatible with my computer?

 

The computer in question is a T61p purchased in December 2007. The factory hard drive it came with was the 100GB 7200 rpm one.

 

I should also mention that the CD/DVD drive has failed so it will be difficult to use a recovery disk. I have a USB external CD drive, but not sure if that will be operational without the drivers installed.

 

Thank you.

ajkula66
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Re: Need replacement Hard Drive, What model?

Welcome to the forum!

 

Once again, the legendary Geek Squad to the rescue...NOT.

 

Every single T61 that rolled off the assembly line used SATA drives, and nothing but SATA drives.

 

The last ThinkPads that utilized PATA drives were T43/p two generations earlier.

 

So yes, you can install *any* 9.5 mm laptop SATA hard drive or SSD in your T61 but...given the competence of the crew that had diagnosed the patient in the first place, how can we be certain that it's indeed  the hard drive that had failed?

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hausman
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Re: Need replacement Hard Drive, What model?


lennyo3034 wrote:

 

I should also mention that the CD/DVD drive has failed so it will be difficult to use a recovery disk. I have a USB external CD drive, but not sure if that will be operational without the drivers installed.


It should work fine. Go into BIOS to confirm that it's in the boot sequence. Install the replacement HD in the T61p and the recovery boot CD in the CD drive. Boot the T61p and follow the instructions.

 

Of course that just gets you to where you were when the T61p was brand spanking new. You're then going to have to update Windows and Lenovo software, reinstall apps, restore data from backups, etc.

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parmardilan
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Re: Need replacement Hard Drive, What model?

I have a CD Drive if you want it. You can cover shipping plus a little $ and a hard drive if necessary
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