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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎02-26-2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Disk Read Error following HD Upgrade

I'm trying to upgrade the hard drive on my T60 laptop and am getting the message "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart." I'm grateful for any help anyone can give.

The old hard drive is a 60 GB Hitachi model HTS541060G9SA00. The new hard drive is a 500 GB Samsung model HN-M500MBB. I used Acronis True Image to create an image of the partitions on the old hard drive, following the procedure and guidelines I found here:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1299861&postcount=9
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=203480

To reiterate a few aspects of the process: I had the *new* hard drive within the machine; I booted to the Acronis CD; I restored/resized the image stored on a USB hard drive to the new hard drive. When I boot to the new hard drive, I get the "disk read error" message.

What I've tried:
* I booted to UBCD. From this, I can open "My Computer" and see the partitions on the new hard drive, and I can see the files and folders within it. The C: partition is NTFS, 64428 MB with 43501 MB free; the D: partition is NTFS, 418765 MB with 393804 MB free. I assume this means that the hard drive itself is not faulty.
* I tried changing one BIOS setting: the "Serial ATA (SATA)" setting on "[Compatibility]" and booting (got the disk read error) and then on "[ACHI]" and booting (again, the disk read error). This is beyond my knowledge base, but I read on a forum somewhere that toggling this setting helped someone with a somewhat similar problem.

Any suggestions? I'm grateful for any help you can give. Thanks!

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Re: Disk Read Error following HD Upgrade

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You asked the same question Sunday on the "other" thinkpad forum. I told you the problem (advanced format drive) and asked you what OS you were running. I need to know that before I can be more specific

Paper Tape
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Re: Disk Read Error following HD Upgrade

I hadn't realized that the two forums were linked or frequented by the same community or I wouldn't have posted in both places. I was able to get to a solution, details here:

 

forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=102535