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Thinkpad 380D - Failure To Boot

#1 Post by Connor W » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:20 am

G'day All,

First post to this forum as I recently bought an IBM Thinkpad 380D with a faulty (1.44GB) Hard Drive. The laptop would boot normally, but the FAT on the HDD was continually corrupted regardless of how many times I corrected it.

I have recently replaced it with a 60GB Travelstar HDD as I thought that it was compatible with this laptop - following the instructions from a downloaded manual.

With the new HDD the Laptop doesn't boot, freezing after the RAM has finished counting, and before it has a chance to boot off my Windows 98SE boot diskette. Looking in the BIOS Advanced Diagnostic Mode it doesn't detect any faults with any of the components.

Would any of you have any ideas on what is going wrong? As of now I suspect that maybe the HDD isn't supported or is causing issues for the bios.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Re: Thinkpad 380D - Failure To Boot

#2 Post by Connor W » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:12 am

G'Day All,

Had a deeper look at it today, and found that the problem was the replacement 60gb Hard drive.

As genuine replacements are too expensive ($65+) for a hobby, does anyone know of a replacement HDD that would work in a 380D?


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Re: Thinkpad 380D - Failure To Boot

#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:26 am

380D can't take anything more than 8.4GB AFAIK without something like OnTrack Dynamic Disk Overlay.
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Re: Thinkpad 380D - Failure To Boot

#4 Post by CrazyTPFan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:24 pm

You should replace the HDD with a CompactFlash card by using a IDE to CompactFlash adapter. Their much cheaper and much easier to come by in smaller sizes such as 6GB of 8GB. The adapters are pretty cheap.

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