Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T20 Notebook ?

Changed hard drive and now nothing works

\015 I have an IBM T20 Notebook with a 20Gig hard drive that was getting full. I ran Acronis TrueImage to create a backup image file then after connecting this drive to one of my desktop computers restored the image file. (I have a special connector that lets me read/write notebook hard drives.)\015\012\015\012The drive is a Seagate Momentus, 120Gig, 5400 rpm. In the T20 it starts to boot then says NTLDR not found and quits. The drive is formatted as FAT32.\015\012\015\012Then I formatted the drive on my desktop, changed it to NTFS then put back in the notebook and tried to boot with a true Windows XP Pro CD. This starts loading setup software but when it gets to the point that it is supposed to start installing Windows it restarts the PC and starts the boot sequence all over again.\015\012\015\012Next I tried the original IBM Recovery Disk (Win98). It starts to run but hangs after about 10 lines appear then hangs at "Driver was installed successfully". I would have thought that it would keep running so I could fdisk the notebook.\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012\015

Answers :

Was your notebook an OEM In that case you should have used a win 98 boot disk to boot the notebook insteadof the XP PRO disk and then
you could have used fdisk & checked verified that
you could read the C: drive

If it is formatted as win 32 it shouldnt have asked
for ntldr,are you sure you didn;t have a XP floppy
or cd on the system. that it was trying to boot from
Instead of using an image file, i would try using drvclonerxp, it is freeware. I have used acronis trueimage in the past, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt.. these days i use the cloner listed above, or norton ghost.

i did some research, and the hard drive should be compatible with that laptop, so the main issue seems to be a failed image, if you have a computer laying around with similar specs, you can try using it to image the new drive, a lot of times subtle differences in the lba or access mode may cause the image to write but not read properly when installed in the old system.

the original ibm recovery disk (at least in my experience) seldom works on older laptops when you make a hardware change, it is trying to install custom drivers for a hard drive that no longer exists.

hope this helps, if not post a followup and i will see what i can come up with.
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