My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

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My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

#1 Post by chokobo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:22 am

Hi! Need help! Im with my T430s only 6 days and i only have a brick now.

My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay . I explain:

I just purchased a 1 TB drive and secondary bay for my Lenovo. The computer was running great. I ejected my DVD drive. I then slid in the new drive expecting to be able to format the new drive. This never happened since the machine will no longer power up at all. I get no lights or sounds of any kind. I have tried another power supply, taken off the battery, held the power button for 20-30 seconds, and even unplugged and reattached the CMOS battery.

I think a fuse is blowed. But, What fuse and where i can find it? Only Battery blinks 3 times when y plug AC withouth battery. Any other thing is dead.

Can you help me? Thanks!

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Re: My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:15 am

AFAIK the Remove-Hardware does not apply to the T430/T430s (and many other) machines.
My best guess is that you have to power off before swapping drives.
Why else would they have put two sliders (inaccessible during normal operation) on the bottom of the laptop?
So most likely you blew at least a fuse but you probably have done even more damage.
Don't know if there even is a fuse for the Ultrabay.
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Re: My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

#3 Post by dr_st » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:27 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:15 am
My best guess is that you have to power off before swapping drives.
Why else would they have put two sliders (inaccessible during normal operation) on the bottom of the laptop?
You don't have to do anything of the sort. The reason they put the stupid double slider mechanism is allegedly to prevent the Ultrabay device from accidentally falling out if the latch gets loose (it happened sometimes on earlier systems).

I've swapped Ultrabay stuff on-the-fly on all my Thinkpads, T430s included, and never had any issues.

My guess - it's either a really bad coincidence, or a faulty connector (in the Ultrabay or in the caddy) causing a spike that blew something.
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Re: My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

#4 Post by chokobo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:47 pm

OK, fuses down. I see in the manteniance manual that Makes mention of Ultrabay Fuses. But i didnt see any pic for reference.

Pd: if that Fuses exist as the manual claims. No more damage its caused, right? (in theory the Fuses are for that)

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Re: My T430s is dead after inserting 2nd drive bay

#5 Post by Kielbasa » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:53 pm

Yes, fuses are generally designed to pop, before any damage is done to the component which it protects. Unfortunately the fuses used in these machines are incredibly tiny and require the skills of someone experienced in soldering tiny surface mount devices.

You will obviously wish to determine the root cause of why the fuse popped in the first place, before re-inserting the drive caddy.


Best of luck ...

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