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T61p wont recognize new SATA drive

2009-01-06, 22:55 PM

Hi,

 

I recently purchased a Seagate Momentus 7200 RPM 320 Gig hard disk - http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/datasheet/disc/ds_momentus_7200_3.pdf (on sale at Best Buy for $99 - who could resist that?!)

 

If is use the drive in the media bay it works perfectly - Vista sees the full 320 Gig and it definitely operates faster than my primary 5400 RPM 160 Gig drive. However, if I install the drive as the primary, the laptop will not boot at all -the BIOS does not see the disk. I have checked in the BIOS - the only SATA setting I have is to toggle between "AHCI" and "Compatability mode" and in either setting I get the same result - the BIOS does not recognize the primary drive.

 

Model T61p - 6459-CTO

Vista Ultimate 32bit

latest available BIOS and system drivers installed

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: T61p wont recognize new SATA drive

2009-01-09, 1:45 AM

emotivecto wrote:

 

However, if I install the drive as the primary, the laptop will not boot at all -the BIOS does not see the disk.


What exactly are you doing when you install the drive as the primary?

 

The symptoms you describe seem to indicate that the drive is not connected in the drive bay.

 

Cheers,

 

Bill

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Re: T61p wont recognize new SATA drive

2009-01-08, 20:31 PM

Just checking with the community again to see if anyone can offer any help here...

 

My understanding is that the Intel ICH8M chipset in my T61p can only operate at SATA 1.5 for the primary, but I cannot understand why it wont recognize this Seagate drive at all.

 

Thanks for any help or information

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Re: T61p wont recognize new SATA drive

2009-01-09, 1:45 AM

emotivecto wrote:

 

However, if I install the drive as the primary, the laptop will not boot at all -the BIOS does not see the disk.


What exactly are you doing when you install the drive as the primary?

 

The symptoms you describe seem to indicate that the drive is not connected in the drive bay.

 

Cheers,

 

Bill

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I don't work for Lenovo

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Re: T61p wont recognize new SATA drive

2009-01-09, 1:46 AM
Well I eventually figured out the issue - the new hard disk wasn't seating 100% correctly. It was getting power but not all the SATA connectors were aligning properly. After some careful maneuvering I now have the new Seagate running as my master
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