Here's a belated followup that won't really help you.
Qrani wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:24 pm
- Doing BIOS check on HDD, giving errors:
DEV 071 = means DEVice ID 071, which is HDD-1 (Hard Disk Drive)
I'm not sure what ERR 82 means. I thought I had a list of those error codes somewhere, but I can't seem to locate it. Knowing the specific code probably won't help in this case anyways.
The diagnostics is identifying two different FRUs as potential culprits. The 1st two digits are for FRU 60 (1st choice), the last two digits are FRU 10 (2nd choice).
FRU 60 reads:
1. Reseat the hard disk drive (HDD-1)
2. Hard disk drive (HDD-1)
FRU 10 reads:
So that's no help, really. Since you already knew there seemed to be a problem with the HDD. And if it's the system board then you're screwed. And those built-in BIOS checks only ever provide a rough guess at what might be wrong.
Hopefully Steve's suggestion to check the pins will lead somewhere - a bent or blocked pin somewhere could produce the symptoms you describe - not one on the hard drive, but one where the HDD caddy connects to the Thinkpad drive bay, or possibly the connector inside the caddy itself. I'd check the outside caddy to IDE pins and holes first. If you have a spare caddy, you could try it instead of the one you currently have. Those would all be easier and clearer fixes than if you've something gone bad on the board.
If you had an Ultrabay Second HDD adapter, then you could try that as well, to help narrow down where the problem is.