06-27-2008 03:10 PM
Hi all you Lenovo users:
To avoid boring You with the all the gory details of the ordeal I went through approximately 3 weeks ago, I will sum it up in one single paragraph.
- The HD on my X61 Tablet laptop failed in the most unusual (and FAR FROM EXTREME) circumstances. Due to the latter I lost ALL my data. I do wonder whether or not something like this has happened to any of you (I sure hope not). I was really shocked an appauled as I am very familiar with the Thinkpad brand. For a computer that is advertised as "robust" and "sturdy" I do not think mine very much met the expectations.
With all the hype about robustness and reliability I was under the impression that Lenovo/IBM or whatever would have provided me with data recovery services. What actually happened was that their "repair" service just went as far as sending me a replacment drive and the recovery disks (I will not argue that they acted in a prompt manner), but I needed more support from them. This letter (or more appropiately, rant) has as one of its main purposes to serve as a non-alarming advice to all you happy Lenovo-Thinkpad users. The "infalible" qualification attributed to this computers is more of a agreement set uppon a community. THINKPADS are not bullet proofs. This instance just reveals that it takes very much less that running your car over your Thinkpad to make it fail completely.
06-27-2008 03:14 PM
Hard drives crash. That's just a fact of life. Did you not have backups of your data?
There are two kinds of computer users in the world:
Those who have needed their backups, and those who will.
I am not a Lenovo employee
06-27-2008 08:16 PM
All I lost was non-critical data that I will pretty much recover in the long run: part of my thesis references, partial scholarly article assesments and whatever an academic junkie may have as part of his/her workspace.I guess all important items were backed-up in one way or another (direct backups, flash-drives, e-mail attachement, etc.)
My point is/was that I did not expect that a computer that can allegedly keep working after having a car run over it, pouring a whole cup of coffee/water/juice/etc (or any other sadistic way in which You can imagine to test the reliability on one of these laptops) would fail in such a non-expected (stupid?) way. If Thinkpads can exhibit such class of failures, what is so special about them??... if You accept this failure as "normal" and "valid" then we can just conjecture that a Thinkpad is just an garishly designed computer with users with an attitude and aversion for more aesthetically pleasing computers i.e.Apple.
06-27-2008 08:38 PM
For hard drive failure trends, you could check this out. Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population by Google
You will see the fact that hard drive just dies randomly; it doesn't matter how good you take care of it or how long its life is if it's less than a few years old. As I see, you got a good service which that is the best thing they could do.
I'm not giving an excuse for Lenovo since I don't like them that much--having a bad experience with their service before. It's just the fact.
06-28-2008 08:09 AM
You will see the fact that hard drive just dies randomly; it doesn't matter how good you take care of it or how long its life is if it's less than a few years old.
Exactly, sipp11! One might as well rail at the wind and the waves. That's why my mantra is "backup, backup, backup in multiple places" for things that I want to keep. Even Gmail can be your friend for smaller things like resumes, recipes, pictures, etc
I am not a Lenovo employee
06-28-2008 08:15 AM
No laptop manufacturer that I can think of apart from Fujitsu supplies their own hard drives. Everything is bought from "the big guys" in the HDD business: Hitachi, Seagate, Fujitsu, WD...
And, as others have pointed, the HDD is the part most prone to failure on any laptop.
Honestly, choke it up as lesson learned and enjoy your ThinkPad. I went through this with my first A20m back in 2001, and swore on all holy books that I'll make up backups as often as I make breakfast...
My experiences only.
06-28-2008 01:37 PM
06-28-2008 05:19 PM
My compaq laptop came with IBM harddrive, while the T40 came with Hitachi harddrive.... did IBM really make harddrives???
Yes, IBM did but there is no more since Hitachi bought IBM's hard drive division in 2002. It's like what Lenovo did with IBM PC division several years ago. However, I'm not sure if IBM still maintains their HDD service like they do with Thinkpad or not.
06-29-2008 09:45 PM