Anyone ever put non OEM hard drive in Lenovo? [Archive] - Glock Talk


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09-26-2011, 11:29
Purchased a new Western Digital Scorpio Black harddrive for my T61 thinkpad(type 6465) and now I've found that its not on an approved list of accepted HDs.

Apparently I need to dive in somewhere, change this code, hack that one, do some ghosting/mirror thing, make backup CDs, or clone something. :dunno:

Anyone know a good source for a set-by-step to do this, or have personal experience?

( I did just try putting it in, and booting with recovery set CDs but wasn't successful)

09-26-2011, 19:10
I don't understand this.
I replaced a wifi card in a Lenovo T410 that was not approved and I had to update the firmware but I also replaced the drive with no issues.

My company has bought many T61s and I have replaced the drive without any kind of updating. But then I was installing Linux now from the backup disks.

Could this be an issue with your backup CD's?

Disk replacement step by step.

09-26-2011, 20:20
What specifically are you referring to; is it a "hardware compatibility list"? Or what?

What Lenovo is saying is nonsense - that'd be like saying you couldn't put a part from a Colt 1911 into a Springfield 1911. Sure there are some minor differences & incompatibilities (like with the BS safeties) but for the most part, all PC parts are interchangeable.

filthy infidel
09-27-2011, 05:44
I did not read your links but it's worth going into the BIOS and changing the HDD setting from AHCI to COMPATIBILITY and reload the OS.