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Lenovo T410 2561 Error 2100: HDD0 Initializing Error

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I have the above computer with a failed HD.  I have replaced the hard drive and reinstalled Windows 7 Pro 32 bit.  The system functions properly when booted to Windows.  A problem I have now is when the machine is powered off then back on I receive an error stating - 2100: HDDO (hard disk drive) initialization error (3) Press Esc to continue.

If I press escape it fails.  If I press CTRL + Alt + Del the BIOS raster displays for a brief moment then the system boots as it should.  This problem only occurs if the system has been powered down.  I've updated the BIOS to ver1.45.  When the system is first turned on and I enter the BIOS the HD can't be seen in the startup, boot, boot priority order.  However if I reboot again the system boots properly.

The newly installed hard drive is Western Digital 320GB 2.5 SATA WD3200BEKX
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by:John Hurst
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Remove the hard drive and put it aside.

Now boot from a bootable CD (Ultimate Boot CD, for example).

If it boots normally from CD, then the OS would appear to have a problem.

If it does the same thing (above) when booting from CD, then the machine would seem to have the problem.

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by:1namyln
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I was able to boot from the CD.

The new drive is SATA III.  I have imaged that drive to a working SATA II drive.  The computer works perfectly afterwards.  I'd prefer to use the new drive if possible but I will settle if necessary.
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nobus earned 500 total points
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it looks like the new drive has a problem;
you can test with another drive -  or (if you have the option in the bios) disable quick boot

alternatively, run the wd diag on it :  http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=606&sid=3
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I was able to boot from the CD.

I suggest you try a different drive because it now does appear to be a hard drive problem.

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by:terencino
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The new drive might be SATA III but the T410 is SATA II so you won't get a noticeable performance improvement. Try a Samsung EVO 840 SSD. I have one on my T410 and it is truly awesome after tweaking with the Samsung optimizer. Only a 120GB, they are relatively cheap at about $100. You can put the larger disk in a ultra-bay HDD caddy in place of your DVD drive.
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by:1namyln
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The new drive is the problem.  I don't think it has a problem other than not working with the laptop.
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tx for feedback
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