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Registered: ‎06-26-2008
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R40 hard drive replace?

I have an R40 (2897) that has a 20GB hard drive -- that is too small! and I either need to replace it or find a way to add an additional one. Anyone know if either of those choices is possible on R40? Thanks, W
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Registered: ‎11-23-2007
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Re: R40 hard drive replace?

Welcome to the forum!

Your R40 will take any PATA/IDE drive in 2.5" format, up to 137GB size.

Also, you can add another drive via Ultrabay 2000 hard disk drive adapter that would replace your media drive.

I'd begin my hard drive shopping here:

Hope this helps.


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What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎06-28-2008
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Re: R40 hard drive replace?

Did you get your new drive installed?  I'm doing the same thing and have yet to get the drive cloned properly.  I bought the USB case to clone the old drive but keep getting non-bootable drives. Norton Ghost support is a waste.  Did you find any software that lets you do the clone and result in a bootable drive?
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Registered: ‎11-27-2007
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Re: R40 hard drive replace?

captnic, welcome to the forum,


when I clone drives I always use Acronis with the target drive installed in the ThinkPad and the original drive in either the bay or USB caddy. It's never failed me yet.


I gave up on Norton Ghost some time ago, about six years I think, when IBM started using the hidden recovery partition as it never worked for me. If you have ghost you should look at this post from shumpert, hopefully you will then be able to clone your drive with Ghost.



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