11-04-2013 07:18 PM
hey everyone first time user and hope the Lenovo community can give me some guidance!
Of course Warranty just ran out last June and now this problem started up last night.
i have a ThinkPad T400 type 2764. Currently this is my problem:
My computer has crashed within the Windows Vista environment. Forced shut down to restart the computer. After the shut down my computer has not been able to boot back into Windows.
Originally ran a HD Disk test from the BIOS:
Passed the controller test
Failed the Read Verification Test and Speed test, cancelled the test there.
Then I booted into the Rescue Recovery Environment (F11)
Booted fine. Could read my internal hard drive that I thought was toast. I was able to pull off all current files since last backup. (The last backup was also in June of '13)
After that I proceeded to view my June 2013 backup. Starts to proceed through the questions do you want to proceed etc.. finally click go and then I get a pause as the computer searches the external drive. At that point I receive the message "The restore could not be executed because the selected backup was taken with a previous version of Rescue and Recovery"
Not sure where to proceed from here. I ran the PC doctor tests on the internal hard drive after and the results were:
Random Seek test: pass
Funnel Seek test: pass
Surface Scan Test: fail
Smart Status test: pass
Smart short self test: fail
Smart extended self test: fail
Smart conveyance self Test: fail
So I am assuming my hard drive needs to be replaced... What hard drive do I buy in the current market place? I was hoping, as this is an older computer, to keep costs down. I am not sure when something else decides to wear out. Other articles were describing Legacy 512 and Advanced format Hard drives. Do I have to be weary when shopping to pick the right one?
After purchase of another hard drive, can I boot from some type of Rescue Recovery Disc that is the correct version as my backups and use that to prepare/install the OS to the new Hard Drive?
How do I know what version they are in?
Sorry i do not have any of the Recovery CDs I made due to moves within the last few years.
Sorry more questions than answers in this post. If you need any more information please let me know.
11-05-2013 12:30 AM
11-05-2013 04:22 PM
Is there a way of using an older restore and recovery boot disc downloaded from the lenovo website, "http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=migr-54483"
To upload an old backup from an external hard drive onto a new non-Advance Format hard drive?
And if so how do I ensure the hard drive I purchase is a Legacy drive?
I would like to avoid paying for another Operating System
11-05-2013 05:37 PM
11-06-2013 11:19 AM
I took one more stab at Rescue Recovery last night and was successful at resetting the hard drive to its factory settings.
I had already backed everything so I was not worried about reverting the system to its factory state.
The question is now... I know the Hard drive is about to wear out. From here I assume I buy a 2.5 Drive and clone my current drive to the 2.5 Drive hooked up externally. Is it as easy as that?
Does it matter still if I buy an AF drive or Legacy Drive? Any suggestions on making the change to a new hard drive would be welcomed.
11-06-2013 05:35 PM