01-29-2009 02:11 PM
I have a 4 yr old R51 which came up with a bad sector when I happened to do a scan the other week. The drive is a 60GB Fujitsu MHT2060AT and I used the Fujitsu utility for that HDD to rescan and repair the sector.
a) In view of that is it time to replace the HDD? (SMART shows Re-allocated Sector Count - Value 99, Threshold 24, Worst 99)
b) The 60GB Fujitsu MHT2060AT (which is ATA-6) is now discontinued so would it be all right to replace it with the nearest equivalent from the current Fujitsu range, say the 60GB Fujitsu MHW2060AT (which is ATA-7, not ATA-6)?
Also, would it be OK to use the 80GB version of the same drive?
c) If I do change the HDD is there anything I should know about before proceeding?
Many thanks for your help.
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01-29-2009 03:00 PM
01-29-2009 03:20 PM
Matt, Thanks for your help.
My Thinkpad is an R51, 1829-R6G. Yes, it would be very useful to know the largest size HDD it can handle.
My current HDD is partitioned into 'system' and 'data' drives. I have started maintaining a "mirror" of the data drive on an external HDD and have a Ghost backup of the 'system' drive. I also have a Rescue and Recovery set from a couple of months after I bought the Thinkpad, but I will do another one tomorrow (belt and braces).
Besides the HDD issue, it is probably a good time to do a re-install of my software as it has got (very) bloated over the years. Something I put off as the thought makes me feel very nervous!
01-29-2009 04:40 PM
"I also have a Rescue and Recovery set from a couple of months after I bought the Thinkpad, but I will do another one tomorrow (belt and braces)."
A moment of madness - of course I can only create one Recovery Set.
01-29-2009 06:39 PM
The largest drive available for this machine (or any other laptop using PATA) is WD 250GB/5400rpm, and yes, it will work just fine.
Hope this helps.
02-02-2009 03:39 PM
Matt and George,
Thank you both for your great help and advice.
I've installed the new HDD, done the 'Product Recovery' and 60% of the software re-installs. Everything went fine, though having read these forums helped greatly, especially knowing what to expect when the 'Product Recovery' appears to loop when it reboots.
In the end I played ultra cautious and got the Fujitsu 80GB HDD as its power requirements are slightly lower than the OEM Fujitsu whereas the WD range has power requirements slightly higher and therefore will probably run slightly hotter as well. Probably me being foolishly cautious ... well I can always change my mind!
I have a general question about upgrading Rescue and Restore, but that is probably better in a new thread.
07-07-2009 11:25 AM