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Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 1:11 AM

My 160G hard drive failed in my T61.  I was able to recover the data, but decided to purchase a new drive.  I also have an installation  DVD for Windows XP.  I naively thought I'd be able to slip in the new HD, boot up with the Windows XP DVD, and it would recognize and format the new HD.  Instead I get an error message saying that Windows can't be installed because there is no hard drive.  I have done the hard drive diagnostics program and it passed the test.  Any suggestions?

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 2:24 AM

 


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My 160G hard drive failed in my T61.  I was able to recover the data, but decided to purchase a new drive.  I also have an installation  DVD for Windows XP.  I naively thought I'd be able to slip in the new HD, boot up with the Windows XP DVD, and it would recognize and format the new HD.  Instead I get an error message saying that Windows can't be installed because there is no hard drive.  I have done the hard drive diagnostics program and it passed the test.  Any suggestions?


You are using aftermarket XP pro discs, so go into your bios menu change the hdd mode from ACHI to compatiblity, once you installed all the necessary drivers and then switch back to ACHI mode. 

 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 1:41 AM

I have done the exact same thing on my T61 and haven't had any problems. 

 

Remove the new HD.  Look inside the laptop and make sure that you are inserting the new drive in the proper side.

 

The short side of the L-shaped connections on the new HD should be pointing up towards the keyboard.  Slide it in and make sure it gets pushed all the way back to make a proper connection.

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 2:24 AM

 


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My 160G hard drive failed in my T61.  I was able to recover the data, but decided to purchase a new drive.  I also have an installation  DVD for Windows XP.  I naively thought I'd be able to slip in the new HD, boot up with the Windows XP DVD, and it would recognize and format the new HD.  Instead I get an error message saying that Windows can't be installed because there is no hard drive.  I have done the hard drive diagnostics program and it passed the test.  Any suggestions?


You are using aftermarket XP pro discs, so go into your bios menu change the hdd mode from ACHI to compatiblity, once you installed all the necessary drivers and then switch back to ACHI mode. 

 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 3:42 AM

Thanks for the reply. That doesn't seem to be the problem--the fact that the new HD passed the diagnostic test says that it's connected properly.  In fact, I got the same error message when I tried to reinstall Windows on the old HD.  Perhaps there's some other hardware problem?

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 6:34 AM

Hello,

 

As Lead_Org noted, your Microsoft Windows XP Installation DVD disc is likely missing the device drivers needed to recognize the SATA interface on the ThinkPad T61.  This is understandable as Windows XP was released in 2001 and the SATA specification did not appear until two years later in 2003.  

 

Switching the setting for the SATA interface from AHCI to Compatibility in the BIOS will allow the hard disk drive installed in the ThinkPad T61 to be accessed just as if it were connected via a Parallel ATA interface. Alternatively, you could try obtaining a floppy diskette containing the SATA drivers and an external USB floppy diskette drive to connect to the ThinkPad T61 and then start tapping the F6 key as soon as the installation for Microsoft Windows XP begins in order to load additional mass storage controller device drivers  (e.g., the SATA drivers) from the floppy diskette before continuing the installation process.  Toggling the option in the BIOS will likely be quicker, though.

 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-28, 11:41 AM

Thanks, that seems to do the trick. 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-29, 2:24 AM

 


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Hello,

 

As Lead_Org noted, your Microsoft Windows XP Installation DVD disc is likely missing the device drivers needed to recognize the SATA interface on the ThinkPad T61.  This is understandable as Windows XP was released in 2001 and the SATA specification did not appear until two years later in 2003.  

 

Switching the setting for the SATA interface from AHCI to Compatibility in the BIOS will allow the hard disk drive installed in the ThinkPad T61 to be accessed just as if it were connected via a Parallel ATA interface. Alternatively, you could try obtaining a floppy diskette containing the SATA drivers and an external USB floppy diskette drive to connect to the ThinkPad T61 and then start tapping the F6 key as soon as the installation for Microsoft Windows XP begins in order to load additional mass storage controller device drivers  (e.g., the SATA drivers) from the floppy diskette before continuing the installation process.  Toggling the option in the BIOS will likely be quicker, though.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 


Just followup: Based on the various responses, I assumed that once I got set up, I should switch back to ACHI mode.  When I do that, however, I get the blue screen of death on startup.  Leaving in "compatible" mode seems to work fine.  What are the issues here?  Thanks in advance.

 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-29, 8:30 AM

Hello,

 

The ThinkPad T61 series uses the Intel 965 series chipset, so the Intel Chipset Support and Intel Matrix Storage Manager programs probably have to be installed in order to provide the missing device drivers to the Thinkpad T61's installation of Microsoft Windows XP.

 

If all of the other device drivers and ThinkVantage software for the ThinkPad T61 have not yet been installed, it may be more convenient (and certainly faster) to download and run the ThinkVantage System Update software and have it install all of the missing software on the computer at once, instead of having to download and install all of the individual software packages.

 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-29, 15:03 PM

You might try researching how to make a slipstream XP install CD - meaning you manually add all the driver files to the CD prior to booting up.

That way when you boot up and it goes through the pre-install steps it will already recognize the AHCI driver and you'll be fine.

 

Not sure why it would throw up a BSoD if you already installed the AHCI drivers....that's odd.

Wait for somebody with more experience in that field chime in, probably just something you missed in the setup.

 

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Re: Installing new hard drive after failure

2010-04-30, 2:45 AM

 


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Hello,

 

The ThinkPad T61 series uses the Intel 965 series chipset, so the Intel Chipset Support and Intel Matrix Storage Manager programs probably have to be installed in order to provide the missing device drivers to the Thinkpad T61's installation of Microsoft Windows XP.

 

If all of the other device drivers and ThinkVantage software for the ThinkPad T61 have not yet been installed, it may be more convenient (and certainly faster) to download and run the ThinkVantage System Update software and have it install all of the missing software on the computer at once, instead of having to download and install all of the individual software packages.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 


I installed all those drivers, and I'm still getting BSoD when I toggle to AHCI in the BIOS and boot up.  From googling around, I found things like this page, which make it seem a bit more complicated than just installing the drivers. 

 

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