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2100: HDD0 Hard disk drive initialization error (1) & Thinkpad can't boot up

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Refer to attached.

Occasionally (about 20-30% of the times) when I tried to boot up my laptop,
it will give the attached screen error within 3-5 seconds after powering
up my X61

Usually I would power it off & power on & it would be able to boot up
on Win XP Professional SP3 again.

Q1:
What's the cause?

Q2:
Is this is a hardware or software issue?

Q3:
Other than reinstall the entire OS (which I wanted to avoid as I don't want all
my apps to be gone as I think reinstall will require the apps to be reinstalled?),
what else can I do to remedy this?
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This is a hardware issue; it could be a couple things but most likely is the hard drive getting ready to fail.  I would get a backup of the system right away using Ghost, ImageX, or Drive Snapshot before it dies.  You can just replace the hard drive and boot to DOS and restore your image to the new hard drive.

It could also be a loose cable or bad connector in the laptop but more likely the hard drive.
Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions
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Consumer harddrives only last about 5 years. Since you are running xp I'll guess you are around that time. Totally normal.
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I am guessing here - but do you also have another hdd in the mutibay? is this still the original hdd or did you change it for a larger one already? Typically the problem revolves around power draw during system startup - if the drive doesnt spin up in time and signal ready it wont be recognized - this occurs typically more frequetnly during reboot scenarios and e.g. on a T61 I shut down the machine and clod boot it and all is well again. No need to reinstall - but possibly a good thing to remember when buying a future replacement drive the manufacturere hasnt approved (becase it may need more startup power than the bus was designed to provide.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer
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If the drive is indeed failing, then it will show this in the SMART logs.  Download a copy of Passmark DiskCheckup, and see what it has to say about the drive.  A healthy drive should look like the one below, with no predicted errors in the TEC column (highlighted in green, far right).

Disk Checkup of healthy drive
If the drive is not out of tolerance on the SMART monitored variables, then there is probably some other problem, possibly a loose connector.  In any case it will be helpful for us if you report back with a screenshot of the DiskCheckup results.
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Bradley FoxLAN/WAN Systems Administrator
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FYI - Failing drives don't always report SMART errors

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I installed the DiskCheckup suggested by DrKlahn,

ran a "Disk self test" & result is no error detected : refer to attached screen

The next attachment showed the SMART Info

So does it tell me anything is wrong?


Reinstalling is probably one way but I don't want to have to reinstall my 30 odd
apps/tools/patches after reinstalling Win XP.

Oh yes, when I first got this laptop, it's been previously used by someone, so
I did an Acronis restore (from my previous X61 Thinkpad which is of the exact
model as this one which I just go)
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probably the disk is ok - it only could not be initialised -maybe it is not spinning up to speed fast enough
check in the bios if you can disable the QUICK BOOT OPTION

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Our IT just swapped the HDD & reinstalled the OS yest'day (Win XP SP3)
& we'll see how it goes the next few days
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with a new disk and OS you should have no more problems

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Yep, this problem doesn't resurface anymore with a new
HDD & Win XP reinstalled but alas, all my 30 apps (MSOfc,
SnagIt, Visio, Nero, Netsetman, putty, winscp, IE8, Chrome,
Firefox (& browsers favorites), PowerShell, etc etc had to be
reinstalled which is rather painful.  If only there's a freeware
that could enable me to migrate those apps over to the newly
installed OS
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you can't tansfer apps from a bad drive
but you can from a good one (not free) :   http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/pcmover.html