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IBM thinkpad R51 won't recognize any hard drives except a 30GB Toshibad

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Hi experts, hope you can shed some light on why this laptop is being so difficult.
The hard drive that was installed and working fine on this laptop is no longer recognized by it, even in the BIOS...
I have a few spare good hard drives laying around that i've tried to install in it and the only one it will recognize is a 30GB Toshiba.  The hard drive that was installed and working prior to a week ago was a 40gb Hitachi.
I've tried an 80GB WD, 160GB WD and a 250GB WD, also an 80GB Fugitsu.
I've tried updating the bios, which worked but didn't change the issue.
I've tried resetting bios to defaults.
Still the only hard drive that shows up in bios is the 30GB.
There aren't any settings in bios that i can see that would limit the size of hard drive the system recognizes.
Any thoughts on this?
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