05-02-2019 06:16 PM
I've got a Thinkpad T42. I bought a 40gb ide drive off ebay and would like to install xp on the hard drive. Usually I can just put the Xp cd rom in the tray and it will automatically format the drive and install xp. This new drive is not doing that. The xp disk gets to the point where it should install but gives a NO FIXED DISK PRESENT error. I'm not sure if I have to do something to the disk first or if I'm doing something wrong. Would appreciate help getting going.
05-03-2019 12:21 AM
Is the drive recognized in the BIOS? Are you sure the drive is properly inserted in the bay?
05-03-2019 07:34 AM
It seems like the drive is installed correctly. It goes all the way in with the cover flush on the outside. But it does not seem to be recognized in the BIOS. It is a seagate 40gb hard drive. i am not sure if it needs something installed on the disk first because it is not an original lenovo/ibm disk. It is not recognized by fdisk.
05-03-2019 09:10 AM
It is not recognized by fdisk.
That's a bad signal
It sounds to me like a bad drive... Do you hear it spinning when you turn on the ThinkPad?
05-03-2019 03:14 PM
I can hear it spinning yes but it's not recognized. I thought I read somewhere that the thinkpad was very finicky about the type of hard drive. I have a Seagate 40gb ide. I thought I read today that it only recognizes a FUJITSU drive, have you ever heard that?
05-04-2019 03:15 AM
I thought I read somewhere that the thinkpad was very finicky about the type of hard drive.
I don't think so, the T43 (and R52) was the one having a whitelist for hard drives, getting an error message during post that you could bypass by pressing Esc (if I remember correctly).
Try burning a gpart CD live (link: https://gparted.org/livecd.php) and booting from the optical drive. See if gpart recognizes the drive, maybe they drive needs formatting and the XP intall media can't...
05-06-2019 05:40 PM
I had a few Seagate 40gb ide drives and none were recognized in the bios. All gave a "no fixed disk present" error when trying to do anything. I then bought and tried a Fujitsu 40gb ide drive and it fired up and worked right away with no problems. No idea why the seagate's don't work. I don't know if there is something I can change on the drive or computer to make them work.
05-11-2019 08:27 AM
I haven't worked on one of those for a LONG time, but I remember the disks being diffficult to get connected to the motherboard. I always took the drive cover off and turn the machine upside down. (bottom cover up) I then slide the drive in while the drive and caddy are resting against the palmrest so that the drive's connector is a little farther from the bottom cover.
05-18-2019 04:18 PM
I bought a few used FUJITSU drives 40GB on ebay for about $6 and it fires up right away. I did read somewhere that these systems needed these hard drives and it seemed to work for me. Can't get any other type of drives to work in the machines.
05-20-2019 07:48 AM
Are you also attaching the metal drive tray which will have been attached to the original hard drive? If my grey cells are correct you should find posts in this Community where the tray being absent was a cause of what you are describing or the drive being the wrong way up as previously suggested.
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