T30 Disk removal

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T30 Disk removal

#1 Post by karotlopj » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:50 am

I have a T30 which is reluctant to part with its hard disk. I extract the cover of the disk and pull it out about half an inch but no further. I don't want to exert too much force in case there is something holding it which I might break. The instructions which I've seem indicate that disk removal should be straightforward, but my disk seems to be stuck.

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Re: T30 Disk removal

#2 Post by Dekks » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:32 am

cant you take kb & bezel off to have a look see?
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Re: T30 Disk removal

#3 Post by karotlopj » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:57 am

Dekks wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:32 am
cant you take kb & bezel off to have a look see?
Good idea....The keyboard is off but the bezel is being stubborn... I'm a bit scared of breaking something,

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Re: T30 Disk removal

#4 Post by karotlopj » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:48 am

The T30 seems really badly designed.... I've removed 30 screws so far and haven't managed to get the bevel off. Can't see the T30 getting re-assembled :(

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#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:17 am

Did you read and follow the instructions from the T30 manual? (see HMM link at top of page)
I guess not...
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Re: T30 Disk removal

#6 Post by Dekks » Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:54 am

karotlopj wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:48 am
The T30 seems really badly designed.... I've removed 30 screws so far and haven't managed to get the bevel off. Can't see the T30 getting re-assembled :(
Most thinkpads of that era need no more than 10 screws in the correct order to remove kb/bezel, as RBS says download the HMM and with a ruler you should be able to get the right screws back in correct locations as the HMM tells you which screws go where.
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Re: T30 Disk removal

#7 Post by karotlopj » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:02 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:17 am
Did you read and follow the instructions from the T30 manual? (see HMM link at top of page)
I guess not...
You mean: ?
https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/p ... 2p1840.pdf

It makes it seem a lot easier than it really is.

One of the pre-requisites is to remove the hard disk drive, the removal of which is the reason I'm trying to remove the bevel in the first place, ie to get access to the disk housing.

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Re: T30 Disk removal

#8 Post by Dekks » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:27 am

karotlopj wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:02 am
You mean: ?
https://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/p ... 2p1840.pdf

It makes it seem a lot easier than it really is.

One of the pre-requisites is to remove the hard disk drive, the removal of which is the reason I'm trying to remove the bevel in the first place, ie to get access to the disk housing.
Yes but that doesn't physically stop you removing the bezel. It's just good practice for service engineers.
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Re: T30 Disk removal

#9 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:48 am

To remove the T30 hard disk, turn the machine over.
Only ONE screw needs to be removed: the one that holds the HD-cover.
After that you can just slide out the HD-cover with the HD attached to it.
What might happen sometimes, is that the plastic that's covering the HD-caddy has come a bit loose.
In that case just move the HD back and forth and pull it out a bit harder every time.
Worst case: you might tear that (white) plastic, but that's no problem.
Fix it again with scotch-tape.

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Re: T30 Disk removal

#10 Post by karotlopj » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:59 am

I know the theory, it's just that the disk won't budge more than half an inch and the back of the bevel seems to be stuck under the screen - can't see anything holding it in place.

I'll go through the HMM manual again. BTW I looked for the link that you keep mentioning but I don't see it.

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Re: T30 Disk removal

#11 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:18 am

You sure you removed ALL the required screws?

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