This is my first post
I thought i'd share my findings with you all. Most of you probably know most of this,
but i'll share anyway.
I bought a used X41 a couple of months ago, and i came with the clicking drive issue. So i
contacted IBM for a replacement disk and got this 3 days later. The disk i god i completely
diffrent to the original. The original disk that comes with the X41 hade the connector on the
side of the disk itself. But the new one is in a differen enclosure and has a ribbon cable from
the hdd to the ata connector on the side.
You can see this new hd here: http://www.ele.uri.edu/~sclan/xjv/index ... 1t_scrnsht
The new hd ibm supplies is acctually a 1.8 hd with a ZIF connection.
So ibm is not using the other hd with the side connector nymore.
This is great for all X41 user who has the new hd ibm supplies,
because now one can use all hd's or ssd's that are 1.8 with a ZIF connection or Compact flash to 1.8 zif adapter.
Im going to use an CF to 1.8 ZIF adapter, costs about 24$ on ebay.
The reason i went for this solution instead of the addonics adapter everyone else uses is because with this adapter it's possible to fit
the adapter + cf inside the hd enclosure that the orignial
replacement disk sits in. Doing it this way will make it a perfect fit in the x41 and one can just insert it whitout any alignment issues.
I'm waiting for the parts to arrive. Im going to use the zif adapter with a kingston 266x 8gb cf card or another card that supports fixed disk mode.
I haven't tried to dismantle the new 1.8 hd yet as im using the machine.
When i get the rest of the parts, i can take some pictures of the new hd enclosure taken apart.
Here you can see a blog about a guy who did this kind of modification to his OQO:
You can also see the thread about the new hdd here: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=57685