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Alternative boot drives w700ds

2011-07-19, 20:39 PM

I have the w700ds (see below specs)

 

FYI the w700 can run up to 3 internal sata drives. bay 0, bay 1 and bay 3.  This was a big selling point to me.

 

I bought a second drive to boot from (Segate) and installed it in bay 1.  The (Hatchi) that came with the w700ds is in bay 0.  I formatted the Segate, installed win7pro-64-sp1, them all my software.  In order to do this I had to change the BIOS config to (Compatibility) from AHCI just to recognize the Segate.

 

So I wanted to boot from my older Hatchi drive.  So I ajusted the BIOS back to AHCI and move the Hitachi to first please in the boot order.   No luck  it will not boot.  

 

I let both Windows and Lenvo recovery run with success.  I was booted back in my original  (Hatchi) drive.   BUT now I want to flip back to my new drive.  Following the same procedures and many more.   I can not boot with my new Segate drive.

 

I'VE TRIED WITH NO LUCK:

-The recovery process more time then I care to state.

-Removing all but the Segate.

-Config bios

-Un plugged , battery out and try to power up to clear the system.

 

I've noticed when it will boot on ether drive it's only in this config:  Hatchi in bay0 and segate in bay1.   It's like the laptop has some kind of memory on what drive it's use and only works with that config.   I've had many system over the years that I could boot from any drive I wanted to.  With no recover issues. Just slide a new drive in and power up.

 

I know that both dirves are fine.  Is this a case of lenove boot or win7 ?   PLEASE HELP

 

My laptop config = Lenovo W700ds 2757CTO | win7-64pro-Sp1 | RAM: 4gb | nvidia quadro fx2700m | CPU: intel Core 2 Duo Centrino vProT9900 3.06 GHz| BIOS: 7ZETA9WW 2.09  | Wacom tablet | color screen calibrator. Disabled: biometric finger print, track pad/point, bluetooth, 1394, modem
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Re: Alternative boot drives w700ds

2011-07-20, 3:19 AM
The SATA setting should not affect which drive boots.

Pressing F12 at the ThinkPad POST screen shows you a list of available boot devices, where each bay should be listed independently.

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Re: Alternative boot drives w700ds

2011-07-20, 9:32 AM

wrote:
The SATA setting should not affect which drive boots.

Pressing F12 at the ThinkPad POST screen shows you a list of available boot devices, where each bay should be listed independently.

Yep, I installed linux on my stock drive then stuck it in the ultrabay after putting an SSD into the HDD bay. Pressing F12 at startup allows me to boot off of the drive in the ultrabay no problem, I think it tells the system that it is the system drive so that there is no conflict.

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Re: Alternative boot drives w700ds

2011-07-20, 16:22 PM

Thanks guy's I'll try it and post back.

My laptop config = Lenovo W700ds 2757CTO | win7-64pro-Sp1 | RAM: 4gb | nvidia quadro fx2700m | CPU: intel Core 2 Duo Centrino vProT9900 3.06 GHz| BIOS: 7ZETA9WW 2.09  | Wacom tablet | color screen calibrator. Disabled: biometric finger print, track pad/point, bluetooth, 1394, modem
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Re: Alternative boot drives w700ds

2011-07-21, 0:30 AM

No LUCK.  It must be this drive.   I guess I need to buy a new boot drive.  But it still doesn't answer why each time a switch boot drives win7 wants to repair the drive. 

 

Thanks for the help guy's 

My laptop config = Lenovo W700ds 2757CTO | win7-64pro-Sp1 | RAM: 4gb | nvidia quadro fx2700m | CPU: intel Core 2 Duo Centrino vProT9900 3.06 GHz| BIOS: 7ZETA9WW 2.09  | Wacom tablet | color screen calibrator. Disabled: biometric finger print, track pad/point, bluetooth, 1394, modem
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Re: Alternative boot drives w700ds

2011-07-21, 1:07 AM

"I bought a second drive to boot from (Segate) and installed it in bay 1. The (Hatchi) that came with the w700ds is in bay 0. ? I formatted the Segate, installed win7pro-64-sp1, them all my software."

If you fail to remove the main drive while installing the OS on the second drive, it will write to the MBR of the main drive, instead of the MBR of the second drive. Hence the request to repair the second drive when choosing it via F12. See:

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?p=512531#p512531

 

The Compatibility/AHCI issue is probably a red herring. 

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