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T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-01, 6:31 AM

Does T400 have issues/restrictions with non-oem hard drives?  My T400 came with a Seagate 5,400 RPM 160GB, after I swapped it with a Hitachi 7,200 RPM 100GB drive, it doesn't boot any more -- only the power indicator is on, and the hard dirve spins, and that's it, no display, no POST, no error beeps, no nothing.  I called the service and had my motherboard replaced; at first I used the 5,400 RPM 160GB drive, everything's fine; until I put the 7,200 RPM 100GB drive in -- it died again!  The 7,200 RPM drive is totally working as an external hard drive, and also working fine as a system drive in T60p.  I called the tech support and they suggested me to send the unit in so they can really figure out the problems, I declined because I have had bad experiences sending my machines out to service facility.  At this point I'm seriously thinking to get my T400 replaced; but if this is a common issue that I wouldn't be able to use any 7,200 RPM hard drives other than the ones from Lenovo, then there's no point getting this one at all.  Anyway, anyone got any ideas would be much appreciated.

 

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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-21, 22:12 PM
I'm having the same problem with a Seagate Momentus 7200.3.  It works fine in external enclosure but will not work inside the laptop.  It works fine if I switch back to the drive it came with.  I wonder as well if the T400 has some non-oem restriction.  Dissapointing...
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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-21, 23:12 PM

You're having a different issue - your T400 boots as long as you swap the original HD back.  In my case my T400 doesn't even POST after I put the original HD back in.  I got the technician replaced the motherboard twice, and it finally worked out the second time.  However we found another problem: surprisingly, my T400 was actually shipped without the BIOS backup battery (THANKS LENOVO), I had to call the service center again to request it; I got it the 2nd day, and my T400 is working so far so good, with the 100GB 7,200 rpm HD.

 

So far I haven't heard the non-oem HD compatibility issue on T400.  In your case, it looks like your Seagate HD was just not recognized.  Try changing the SATA AHCI setting in BIOS to compatible and see if it works that way.

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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-21, 23:25 PM

Ah OK, so yours was completely dead.  Go it.  As for mine, I have tried it in compatibility mode but no luck.  Oddly, it seems to boot occasionally...but I have to hard reset it about 5 or 6 times before it goes into windows.  I wonder if this drive is just bad...

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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-22, 11:54 AM
when installing a NEW HD you have to go into the BIOS ( F1 ) on boot, and then change the HD in config to compability! Then it should boot fine and allow you to install the OS! Hope this helps!
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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-22, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, though I'm just going to send this thing in for repair.  FYI Setting it in compatibility mode won't accomplish anything since the recovery discs will have drivers for the hard drive controller.  If one was to install an OS that didn't come with the driver then compatibility mode would be needed...
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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-22, 17:13 PM
Just curious, what error message are you getting when it failed to boot?  If you don't mind, could you describe what exactly happens when you boot from the 7,200 rpm hard drive?
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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-22, 17:18 PM
I actually don't get any errors, it just sits on a blank screen with a cursor blinking on the upper left.  The weird part is, if it does successfully boot (after many manual restarts), it works just fine!  I can put the thing into standby and wake it up just fine, but if I restart it then it goes through the whole mess again.  It started doing it even with the original HD in it as well.  Hopefully the repair center can do something about it.  I'm sending it in with the new drive installed so hopefully that will help with troubleshooting.
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Re: T400 Dead After Installing 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Twice! (2764-CTO)

2008-10-22, 18:22 PM
I see.... in that case definitely let it serviced, it's just not right even when you are using the orginal drive.  I upgraded to onsite service so the technician came to fix mine; if you send it in hopefully they return it to you soon.  G/L with the repair and let us know how it goes.
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