Problem replacing hard disk on IBM NetVista A21 desktop
Posted on 2003-12-03
I had purchased two IBM NetVista A21 desktops (model 2276-1873767) for a church a few years ago and they were running fine until recently. The 10GB Fujitsu drive on one quit completely and would not boot anymore, reporting a SMART error. I tried a few of the utilities that are on CrazyOne's list, like GetDataBack and Restore2000, but they were unable to access the data. I gave the disk to someone in the data restoration business to look at and to try to recover the data. In the meantime, I Ghost'ed the second machine's drive (they had been set up identically for backup purposes) to an IBM Deskstar 34GB and tried to install it. The NetVista would not recognize it; in fact, this machine doesn't even display a normal BIOS screen at bootup, and there are no options to change settings. I am a little puzzled as to what I can do at this point, since it seems the simple task of installing a new hard disk is not so simple anymore.