12-07-2018 12:52 PM
I have a L440 Thinkpad. About 3 years back I pulled out the HDD, put in a SSD. Replaced the optical drive with a HDD caddy. The combination worked really great so far.
Recently I replaced my aging SSD with a new one. Basically I cloned the old SSD to a new one. Now after the reboot, the boot screen shows the message, "configuration changed - Restart the system". It is connected to the HDD caddy. If I remove the caddy, the system boots up fine. But whenever I insert the caddy, the system does not boot anymore. I can't even get to the boot menu. It get's stuck in a boot loop.
So I am trying to understand why this is happening here. Other than a new SSD, the caddy is same all the way. It worked before, so no apparent reason for it to stop working. Unless the BIOS firmware is manually checking for allowed FRU after detecting hardware change. Has anyone faced this problem?
Any help or pointers regarding this is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
01-08-2019 06:10 PM
Welcome to the community forums.
Yes, we do have a white list of the parts of every Lenovo computers may be that's why the laptop don't recognize the upgraded parts anymore. You can check this https://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/l440_fru_list_20140825.pdf?CID=ww:lenovosocial:20x9m6 for the list of recommended and tested parts for your Thinkpad L440.
03-05-2019 08:40 AM
Ok so you are telling us that we can´t use our HDDs any more? Here is another thread abou this issue https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-L-R-and-SL-series/Lenovo-L440-problem-with-HDD-caddy/m-p/33552... is there any workaround?
03-14-2019 06:13 PM
There is no whitelist for disks. My guess is that the cloning process did not copy partition structure quite correctly and that when you began booting from tho optical, the windows boot manager was on the other drive.
03-14-2019 10:49 PM
There are hdd´s in that fru list... As i posted, there are more people encountering this problem.... I have just added new hdd in optical drive caddy it worked well. Restart loop started after bios update. Only workaround that worked, was to swap system ssd and data hdd. Now i have ssd in optical caddy and hdd in original hdd mounting place an pc is working well. But that is not a solution.