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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ndunels, Jul 24, 2012.

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  1. ndunels

    ndunels Thread Starter

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    My hard disk in ThinkPad R52 laptop has failed and brought the blue screen error. I bout another IDE hard disk that now I suspect was old, since Windows XP installation cannot recognize the hard disk presence.. What can I do to be able to install the OS and other application software.
     
  2. SUEOHIO

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    You are going to have to replace the hadrdrive again before you can do anything. Without a working harddrive the computer is pretty much useless at this point.I would suggest going to a computer repair place and see if they have any brand new ide harddrives and go from there.It sounds like the harddrive you purchased was used and not new.The ibm/lenovo thinkpad R series laptops are at least 5 to 6 yrs old so its not surprising that the original drive failed.
     
  3. ndunels

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    Thanks Sueohio, but I would like to point out that the OS installation started on the hard disk I bought then when it was almost 3/4 way I got the message the hard disk cant be accessed. I wonder how this would be possible bearing in mind that the installation was already underway. Kindly assist
     
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    Did you completely remove everything that was on the disk at the beginning of the installation? You should remove all partitions so that the drive is completely unallocated and then continue with setup from there.

    Of course, it's possible that the disk failed. Setup is a very intensive process both for the CPU and the hard drive.
     
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    Ive had brand new harddrives die on me you just never know when they will fail.But when they do be prepared and always make sure anything you value is on a cd/or dvd so its not lost forever.
     
  6. ndunels

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    I got a suggestion that the problem could be because the hard disk I bought is a non-ThinkPad hard disk. My laptop BIOS does not have an option of changing the hard disk controller or even changing from SATA mode and vice versa. Any one out there who could have encountered and conquered such an issue?
     
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    If you have the correct type of harddrive in there such as an IDE i dont think the brand of harddrive matters.It should give you the choices in the BIOS to set it to what it needs to be on to run windows xp properly.To run xp it needs to be on ATA,SATA,IDE, or compatability.I do know that on some of the R and T model thinkpads there was a glitch that for some reason they wouldnt accept a harddrive larger than 100 gb.To fix that the bios had to be flashed and updated and a vb script downloaded that would fix it.I had one of the R models which wouldnt install windows xp with sp3 in it.I had a T model thinkpad that if a harddrive bigger than 100gb was used it wouldnt show in the bios and had to be flashed and a script installed so that you could use a larger harddrive.If all else fails you can take it somewhere and see what the problem is and go from there and then you will know how to proceed.
     
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    See here for more info: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_non-ThinkPad_hard_disks

    If the installation was in progress then quit with an error that the drive cannot be accessed then it could just be that the drive is faulty. I generally don't recommend buying used hard drives as you might be getting a faulty drive. In this case, if you need a supported drive then you may have to buy a compatible used drive that has been tested and guaranteed working.
     
  9. ndunels

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    Thanks Tripl6. I am looking for a supported drive but the glich is, I may not know how to differentiate a compatible or not compatible one. Could you kindly assist in identification?
     
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    Ive had 2 ibm laptops in the R series and they were riddled with constant problems. There are much better ibm/lenovo thinkpad/ideapad series out there that are trouble free and will give you yrs of problem free service.Of all of the ibm/lenovo laptops ive had the R series gave me the most headaches.The other ones ive had for the most part have been much better.
     
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    The link I provided to Wiki lists known compatible models have you tied to find one of those drives?
     
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