Ok, this subject has been up several times before, but as far as I can tell most of the threads have been a couple of years old.
Story is, I've been considering replacing my trusty T43 which has been with me since its one year birthday six years ago, purchased as a refurbished business machine. A T400 seems to be at a reasonable price/performance break point in the refurbished market, but after having tested a T61 (widescreen) I'm not convinced that's the way to go - in particular I like the 4:3 format which gives me a screen I can read comfortably without glasses, with a significantly larger default font size than the 16:10 format, and will probably hang onto the T43 for a couple of more years and see what the situation is then. (Have been considering a T60, to get at least dual core and better graphics, as well as the ability to use any hard drive I want, but they seem hard to come by and I don't really know if it's worth migrating to a machine that's just a couple of years younger. But I digress...).
So I'm considering upgrading the T43, mainly the hard drive. A couple of years ago I managed to located an 80 GB Hitachi drive that could be reflashed with IBM firmware, which has worked fine since then. It is getting rather tight though.
As far as I can tell from all accounts, the Fujitsu MHV2120AH (120GB) will function out of the box without the dreaded '2010' error at boot. (Yes, I know that the error can be bypassed and can be considered mostly an annoyance, and yes, I've read of a hacked BIOS that bypasses the 2010 error entirely. I may go that route eventually but want to explore other possibilities first.)
So my question is, will larger Fujitsu drives work without the 2010 error; can anyone confirm a particular drive that works? Do Fujitsu drives in general work out of the box, or is it just related to a certain series of drives? (I could well imagine that when IBM came to Fujitsu and asked them to do special software for them they responded, "Fine, but then we'll include that firmware together with our standard firmware to avoid fiddling with different versions for you"). 120 GB seems a bit tight in this day and age, but 160 GB would be fine with me.