07-07-2018 08:11 AM
Just to report that I have had the same issue with the cable to the hard drive. Just a couple of days ago in July 2018 I saw smoke coming out the back of my C540 on boot up. Fortunately I was in the room when this happened so was able to quickly disconnect the power supply to prevent a full blown fire.
Given that this appears to be a dangerous and potentially fatal recurring issue then I am appalled that Lenovo have not been proactive and taking necessary steps to rectify the cable on sold PCs. Don't they care about their reputation and people's lives?
I will be bringing this issue to the attention of the UK authorities.
09-05-2018 07:42 AM
Got the same problem but has damaged the PCB on the HD. Does this problem damage the mother board?? Or does replacing HD & connector solve the problem??
09-05-2018 01:41 PM - edited 09-05-2018 01:42 PM
I rebuilt the connector with standard parts so that the power and data were separate and replaced the drive. Luckily, 2 of the 3 power pins that damaged were still usable and I was able to get the old data off. Still using the machine but I have less fears of the connector.
09-05-2018 02:54 PM
Thnx for reply. I have reported incident to Trading Standards I think these machines should be re-called. Some day there could be a realy serious fire.
09-05-2018 06:01 PM - edited 09-05-2018 06:02 PM
I agree but my State AGO didn't go any further with action. Maybe FTC? I don't know. I tried, then I just fixed it.
It is sad that there is this one flaw that they don't take to heart. I have looked for any (ANY) other problems with SATA drives and haven't found anything like this. I use Lenovo servers, PCs and laptops (go Yoga!) so it isn't the standard I get from the company. They have quality products so why not admit a design flaw and fix it?
09-05-2018 11:53 PM
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09-07-2018 12:27 PM
In our case, the hdd was burned, but after cleaning we could copy data from it. The cable is being replaced from the link below. The motherboard should be ok, as there is metal separating it from the drive.
01-18-2019 05:03 AM - last edited on 01-18-2019 07:09 AM by Majestic
Unfortunatelly, I have the same issue, enlarging the list of disaponted customer. I'm very frustated because there is no way to pass the fact that the computer is out of warranty, but all I know is this is a design/built issue from this model. In my case, the hard drive is completely loss because of the fire it caught. Besides de burn area shown and the smell of burn of the hard drive, all my pictures were lost without any way to recover, plus any other document I had. The computer is useless and I do not trust any repairs because I do not know if it's really worth the risk of loosing data again, in case I get a new hard drive with the pertinent replacement of SATA cable... I do not know if fire burned any other component in the mainboard.
I bought this computer believing that I was buying for a solid name, but so far, I can not even talk to a representative about this matter. Whether this computer is or not in warranty, this issue is nothing to do with normal wear and tear.
Enclose find copy of invoice, and picture of burn and hard drive.
Computer purchased: 09/28/13 at Best Buy.
Machine Type: 10110
Serial No.: #########
Product family: C540
HDD: 1T, Seagate Barracuda, A/N: Z1D4GD9N
I trully expect that Lenovo respond to this claim as this is not acceptable.
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01-18-2019 05:12 AM
Hi Go back to where you bought it as it their responsability, irrespective of how old it is. It is a known fault. Or try Trading Standards. PC World eventually repaired ours free of charge. But we live in the UK
01-18-2019 03:22 PM
I didn't ever get anywhere with Lenovo or where I purchased the computer, But I didn't have the time to devote it. It appears some people did get somewhere with Lenovo after being very persistant. I am still shocked that Lenovo hasn't done anything about it; a Home computer that catches fire! Pictures from all over the world show the same place the fire started. -Daniel