Oh my god I could throw Lenovo through a window. I just bought this computer from newegg, can't return it, and if I knew this was going to be a problem I would have bought a diffrent laptop.
Anyway I have a
TOSHIBA Super Slimline MK8026GAX (HDD2191) 80GB 5400 RPM Notebook Hard Drive
I am getting this 2010 number. But I have a few questions. Is not having the right firmware on your hard drive really corrupting data and slowing down transfer speeds or does is the only problem that annoying message at boot.
I am currently running Gentoo Linux
100% percent of the time so I am not sure if these problems are going to effect me. I read their expectations of problems
and I don't really get the larger meaning. They can't be that specific right?
This error is purposely generated to alert the user to potential problems with diagnostic or copy tools. There are known issues with several of these listed below.
1. Disk Fitness Test (DFT) version 3.xx provided by Hitachi GST which uses vendor specific commands on the hard drive. These may not be correctly interpreted since they must pass through the serial to parallel ATA bridge. However, version 4.00 or later of the Disk Fitness Test (DFT) will work.
2. HDDTEST version 0.28 by Hitachi GST does not function properly for similar reasons. Instead, use HDDTEST version 0.29 or later.
3. DOS-based copy tools may function slowly or produce incorrect output, specifically previous versions of Norton/Symantec Ghost. These versions are not compatible with the Serial-ATA interface of the Intel ICH6M chip set. Documentation on this problem may be found at www.symantec.com
. It is recommended to use either a newer version of Ghost, Norton Ghost 2003 (version 2003.789 or later) or Symantec Ghost 8.0 or later, or to use the -FNI switch when invoking Ghost from the command prompt (For example, Ghost.exe -FNI with the current version of Ghost).
Other disk copy tools and related applications, such as some backup programs, may also have similar behavior.
The hard drives shipped in the affected systems will not display the message because they already have firmware that recognizes this new Serial ATA bridge chip. However, a similar drive from an earlier ThinkPad system or an OEM drive might cause the error message to be displayed. Customers may also notice the POST error message after applying a ThinkPad BIOS update if a drive without the firmware update is installed in the system. Some early systems were shipped with a system BIOS version that did not provide this POST error message. Updated BIOS has been released to provide this informative POST error message to users.
I am running badblocks on my hard drive as we speak and I hope to get some preformance testing in but I am not sure what the baseline should be compaired againt. If both those pass does anyone know any other tests I might need to run to see if there is really a problem?
Also does anyone know an 80gig harddrive that I can buy that will work in this machine.