IBM Thinkpad 2611-451 losing HD partition information

Discussion in 'IBM' started by Yancey B. Jones, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. I have a Thinkpad 2611-451 that keeps losing the partition information on my
    hard drive. It does this with two different drives (an IBM and a Fujitsu)
    and both the drives test fine on another machine. I can partition the drive,
    reboot and format it and even load an image back on the drive. All will work
    OK for a length of time then on a reboot, the partition information is gone.
    Sometimes after I fdisk and reboot it is gone as well. I can't seem to
    isolate the problem. I am 99.99% certain that both drives that I have used
    are good since I am using one in an USB external case with no problems at
    all. Both drives have tested good with the manufacturers' diagnostic tools.
    I am leaning towards a problem on the MB (possibly a bad IDE controller) but
    I wanted to see if this is a known issue on these laptops first.

    Yancey B. Jones
    Yancey B. Jones, Dec 1, 2003
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  2. Just a couple of thoughts:

    I had similar problems with a stationary computer, when it was
    overclocked... I don't know if notebooks can be O/C'd, but if they
    can, verify that the speed settings are correct.

    A way to get around the problem (if the notebook is out of warranty
    and money is an issue), might be to use some software that can make a
    backup of the partition info, and then keep it on a diskette and
    reload that info when necessary. The rest of the disk content might
    very well be intact if you're "only" losing the partition info.

    Active Partition Recovery, Get Data Back and Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro
    are some examples of programs that claim to be able to backup and
    restore mbr's, partition tables and lots more. (Haven't tested
    Peter Emanuelsson, Dec 2, 2003
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  3. I had similar problems with a stationary computer, when it was
    I don't know that this one can even be overclocked but it isn't in any case.

    It is out of warranty but it is used for business purposes so I don't want
    to take that chance.
    Thanks for the input. I think that the controller is going bad as it is
    starting to have problems reading CD's as well.

    Yancey B. Jones, Dec 3, 2003
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