Helllo, all. I usually hang out in the T20, T30, T40 and T60 boards. But have a HDD problem that is getting annoying.
ThinkPad is a T30 2366-83U or LU0.
OS is winXP-P with SP3 and all latest MS security and other patches applied
HDD is a WDC 320GB PATA drive. I have other HDDs including backup drives but these two 320s are my main drives and are the ones self-destructing on me.
Twice a week now the computer runs ok (no obvious errors) but when i shut it down or restart it, it will greet me with a blinking cursor at the top left corner of the screen after the POST and password entry. Rewriting the MBR with a W98 boot floppy or a Thinkpad recovery partition access boot diskette does not correct the situation. Booting from an XP floppy usually yields the "corrupt or missing HAL.DLL file" error from windows. Putting the drive in as a 2nd HDD (after booting a working drive) lets me see all the files on the disk.
I'd like to know what is causing this and how to correct it without resorting to making a clone of my original 100GB backup HDD. It gets old after awhile and then i have to restore recent files and re-do settings, etc... In other words, a real PITA!
so all help will be greatly appreciated.
I do make extensive use of hot swapping drives, particularly a WDC 500GB SATA drive in the ultrabay with an aftermarket tray discussed in the T3x/3x board (mainly for backups which save me from data loss!). The link is below, but i do not think it is the tray's fault since this happenned before i ever got that UB 2000 SATA tray. The last time it did the blinking cursor routine was yesterday, and right before i re-started it i tried to swap in the WDC 500GB SATA drive and it didn't want to see the 500GB.
Time before that- i can't remember the cause. One time earlier (before i even got the 500GB SATA), it was also after i swapped in a WDC320GB PATA in the ultrabay - on a different T30 unit (i have several). I'm going to attempt to chronicle what i was doing before the problem (when it recurrs) to aid in figuring this out. This has happenned at least 5 times since the end of June, on 2 different T30s (one 2366-83U and now a 2366-LU0) with the same drive.
I'm about ready to relegate the blasted WDC 320GBs to backup duty and try using my WDC 250GBs as primary drives.
This is the link were we were discussing the SATA HDD Ultrabay 2000 tray:viewtopic.php?f=28&t=96648