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laptop hdd Q?

By dreck
Jan 27, 2004
  1. I have an older laptop that the hdd went bad on.
    I got a hdd that a buddy had laying around. I figured id throw it in..
    Windows XP pro reformated & started install, but when it try to boot for first time.... got error?

    I dont know much about this... wanted to know the differences in hdd for laptops?

    IBM, Thinkpad 380z

    Original HDD:
    IBM Travelstar
    Model: DKLA-24090 E182115 T
    Rated: 5v 500mA
    P/N: 03L5659 4.0GB 4090MB
    FRU: 22L0024
    MLC: F22083
    (7944CYL, 16heads, 63sec/T)

    Replacement HDD:
    Model: DJSA-220
    20.00GB, ATA/IDE, 5v 500mA, 4200RPM
    P/N: 07N4388
    MLC: H32029
    (16383cyl. 16heads, 63sec/T)

    Thanks for any replys!
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Did you do a thorough format? The quick-format is not very good and could have caused your prob.
    If you think the HD is good (enough), look for this program HDD Regenerator at http://www.dposoft.net/ which will give a new lease of life to almost any HD.
     
  3. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, i did a full format. I beleave the HDD to be good. Guy i got it from said it worked when he removed.

    As for the regenerator, I downloaded both versions & i beleave they both require a form or windows.?

    I used a floppy creator, dft32_v360.exe. This is a program to detect errors & such from Hitachi. Witch i found when looking on IBM's site.
    The software completed several of the tasks & found no problems.
    Im going to reformat & try again. I'll post my results.

    Thanks.
     
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    HDD Regen only requires Windows in order to use it to spawn a floppy containing the utility. Once you make a floppy of it, it boots from the floppy and runs.
     
  5. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

    o.... gotja

    Well i tryed reformat agian with NTFS & got the same error.
    I desided to try FAT...... & she just reboot for the first time.
    :)

    Guess it doesnt like NTFS....

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    NTFS is also very picky about other factors, such as memory. Just something to keep in mind.

    It is very possible your problem stems elsewhere.
     
  7. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    I notice you're replacing a 4GB with a 20GB. How old is the machine itself? Is it capable of recognizing the 20? Check IBM's site for the potential of a bios flash to see if the resolved issues might have anything to do with drive capacity.

    My $.02
     
  8. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

    thanks guys, i will check into both.
     
  9. dreck

    dreck Topic Starter

    ok.... install went fine.....

    fats did the trick.....

    I try to update bios... i have the lastest version.

    Thanks.
     
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