Why will my Thinkpad T61 Lenovo not allow me to install a new HDD & XP?
Posted on 2009-07-13
I have a T61 that I part use for work. It has an encrypted (Pointsec) 80GB Hitatchi drive. This weekend I decided to buy a 360GB Fujitsu drive from Maplin, and a spare cradle so that I could use my T61 as my home PC simply by swapping the HDD's over.
To start with I just placed the HDD in the T61, ran the Bios diagnostic test and all it passed. However when I placed my XP CD in, it could not find a HDD.
Thus I bought a SATA cradle, and no machine (Work DELL (XP), Sony Vaio (Vista) would see the HDD. Looked on experts exchange and realised that the 360GB drive was not formatted at all.
Used Vista "Manage" option and formatted last night to NTFS. When in the cradle, machines now see a 300GB drive.
When I placed 360 GB HDD back in the T61, ran the XP CD (Note T61 has Vista Business sticker), the CD (Genuine copy of XP) starts to run, but fails when you press "Enter" to install as it can't find a HDD.
I looked on Experts Exchange, and notice people talking of buying the Lenovo disks, or using Thinkvantage. If I restart with the 80GB HDD, I will not be able to get into most things as it's all locked down for work.
Can anyone suggest what I need to either change in the BIOS, buy to sort, try to test or is what I am attempting to do impossible?