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Question: 2100 hard drive detection error

My W530 has just started displaying the detection error, however, Windows can still see the device, as well as the BIOS

Windows shows it as the actual hard drive model.

however, the BIOS shows it as DISK.

does this mean the drive is failing(again), or is it the SATA controller?

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Answer: 2100 hard drive detection error

The mSATA SSD or the hard drive?

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Hello, I have a T60p 2.33Ghz T7600 that I sped up by using an SSD drive from OCZ. It has been working great for about a year. All of a sudden, I start getting the infamous HD 2100 error. But here is the good news, because this is an SSD drive, all you do is turn of the notebook and reboot, and everything works. The trouble is, at first it was once a week, now it is after about 30mins. Here is the A/B test: Because my work is so critical, I have 4 identical T60p laptops that I use as spares. One goes down, pull the hard drive, move it to another. I use Acronis to make images of my hard drives. My first thought was the SSD drive was going bad, so I was going to put an image on a regular drive and put that back in the original unit. However, the first A/B test I did was to put the SSD drive in another T60p. Here is what I don't understand: The different T60p has run now with the SSD for about 9 hours with no 2100 error. This experiment makes me believe something on my main board is going bad. The error is not from the hard drive. My hypothesis is that main boards when they fail are damaging the non-SSD hard drives, and the main board is the problem not the drives. Does anyone have any evidence to support or negate this hypothesis? I have tried to find information on what the exact problem is that gives rise to the 2100 error in ThinkPads without success. 





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Answer:A/B Test T60p Error 2100 - Hard drive initialization error - Help Understanding Results SSD Drive

MTUser2009 wrote:One goes down, pull the hard drive, move it to another. Perhaps the SATA connector on laptop A is no longer as tight as the SATA connector on laptop B.  I would use a note card to shim the SSD in laptop A and see if that takes care of the error.

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Hello,  still getting HDD detection error after computer went in to the sleep mode. 2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)HDD protected with bitlocker, Win8 Pro system. SSD Intel has been checked by intel checking software: no fault, lastest firmware.How to fix this? Should i change disk by warranty? Thank YouLooking forward













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Answer:Think Pad X230 HDD Detection Error 2100

I had this with a Crucial M5M mSATA SSD, and the solution was to turn the machine off for 20 minutes with no battery and and no power connected, then try again. The drive failed totally about 2 weeks later though.  

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Hello all. I've got a user who's T430s just goes to the ThinkPad logo and then after several seconds moves on but never gets to loading Windows. We just get 2100: Detection Error on HHDO. I had another T430s so I swapped drives. Now the T430s that wasn't booting boots fine. So I assumed the hard drive was going but the odd thing is that the 2nd T430s which now has the "problem drive" in it doesn't give me the 2100 error. The catch is the drive is encrypted with BitLocker and no combo of passwords or finger swipes will let us proceed. So my dilemna is I can't tell if this drive is bad because I can't see it. I ran Lenovo Bootable Diagnostics and they said they couldn't scan because it was encrypted. I put the drive in an external dock and connected it to a Windows 10 system and the drive doesn't show up under the Bitlocker to Go section. Is there any way to tell if this drive is completely done? It would be great to get data off of it but I can't seem to find a way. Everything I find seems to require a drive letter and this drive has none. Even booted into a live Ubuntu with the drive in the laptop and it wouldn't see it. Thanks all. 

Answer:2100: Detection Error on HHDOcan

A lot of people have had this issue with perfectly good drives, and some have said they resolved it by going into setup, and then saving settings upon exit.   Others have said that by pressing F12, entering the boot menu and selecting the HD will let it boot as well.    Another said that by changing from SATA to Compatibility in the BIOS, restarting and then setting SATA back to AHCI will force a reset of the drive so it will boot too. Not sure if any will work for you, but you might put the drive back in the original system and give it a try (if you have not already anyway). I did see also where Amy_Lenovo posted in the same thread that a fix was found for the X250 ThinkPads, but that it required the system be sent into Lenovo.

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Hey! I have a Lenovo Thinpad R61i laptop and when I turn it on I receive 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (03). I reseted the BIOS and I've extracted the HDD and tossed it again. No solution! I need to power off it 2 times before it enter the Windows. Please help me!













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Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (03)

Hi NRCS,Warm Greetings & welcome to Lenovo Community, happy to have you here.As I understand that you are facing issue HDD 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (03) in your ThinkPad R61i.
As you have said system is booting in Windows at that time you can try to run Lenovo Diagnostics for complete checkup of your hardware components & update us how it goes.
I hope the above information helped you.
Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
 
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Hi,
I have Lenovo laptop which getting 2100:Detection error on HDD0. What does it means? I couldn't get into windows.

Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0

seems to be a common problem with lennovo laptops if it is a thinkpad yoga popping over to lennovo support and downloading chipset and IRST drivers then updating may be the way forward. install chipset 1st then IRST
click here click here
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Hi, I bought my P50 like 4 months back and suddenly it has started to throw this error when the machine is starting up."2100: Detection error on SSD1 (M.2)". I have run the tests in BIOS mode and all the tests got passed. I have faced the error 2 times now and after keeping the machine down for few minutes and switching back on resolved the issue. But I can't be sure it will solve the issue next time.Just bit of a background to the error. I have started my machine this morning, and from Windows login screen machine sudddenly restarted saying "DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION". And on the restart I got the error. I do have a feeling that this not related to actual hardware, but firmware etc.  Any ideas would be highly appreciated. Thanks.Jaliya

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Whenever I try to restart my ThinkPad T440s, it takes a very long time to get past the "ThinkPad" screen.  If I hard reboot it while it's stuck here (press and hold the power key, then turn it back on), it loads just fine.  However, if I let it keep going it beeps loudly and angrily and gives me the 2100: Detection error on HDDO (Main HDD) on a black screen with only "Press Esc to continue".  When I press Esc it loads the boot screen, but without access to my hard drive.  If I hard reboot it again, it starts just fine. Any ideas on why it would be doing this, or what I could do to fix it?  It looks like it was a common problem a few years ago, but this is new to me and it doesn't really look like there was a fix back then.  Hoping there's better news now? Any help is appreciated!

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hello.  I have a E540 laptop with a ssd.  Recently I have gotten this error when starting up my computer : 2100 detection error on hdd0.  To get past it I have turn off and on the laptop multiple times.  Does anyone have a fix?

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hello.  I have a E540 laptop with a ssd.  Recently I have gotten this error when starting up my computer : 2100 detection error on hdd0.  To get past it I have turn off and on the laptop multiple times.  Does anyone have a fix?

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 I have a Lenovo E550 with a HDD and i5 processor. It was bought about two years ago and it works fine until today. I found that the computer cannot start normally and "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)" just showed up after a few seconds. I did the lenovo diagnostic test but all test passed. I cannot find any solution of this problem online. please help.

Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

It usually means the HDD is dying.  Do you have a backup?

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I have a T420 and tried a Crucial M500 but kept getting the 2100 detection error.   I'm wondering if the mSATA version would be OK or if this problem is present on both the main SATA bay as well as the mSATA connection? Has anyone had this error when booting an SSD from the mSATA port? Thanks! 





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Answer:Has anyone had the 2100: detection error on the mSATA port?

I run a Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB in my T420.
 
As I mentioned in your other thread, I saw the error once or twice - IIRC on the very first power-up and again after a firmware update.  Once the SSD finished its internal housekeeping, it never happened again.
 
Z.

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when this error pops up the only thing that is noted as [failure] is my media how do i solve this problem 

Answer:2100 detection error on HDD0 [mainhdd]

Hello ryuyankataso, welcome to the community,
 
could you maybe post which Lenovo notebook you have as this will help members to assist you best.  Quite often this error wil indicate that a hard drive has failed but can also mean that it has jogged loose and just needs removing and replacing.

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Hi, I bought Thinkpad Yoga last year. The Yoga originally came with 512 GB HDD plus 16GB SanDisk SSD. A couple of days ago, I replaced the original HDD with Crucial BX100 SSD (500GB). Since then, I have the 2100 error. It goes like this. When I boot the computer by pressing the power button on the side of the computer, it boots well. About 30 minues later, the computer suddenly loses connection with the newly installed SSD, and shows 2100 error message on black screen. When I press any key (as instructed on the screen), the computer shows Boot Menu. But the Boot Menu lists only ATA HDD1: SANDisk SSD U110 16GB.  When I reinstalled the original HDD, 2100 error didn't happen. But I don't want to use HDD anymore for speed issue.  If anyone solved a similar problem, please help me.  Thanks in advance.- H_Kim.  

Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

This is not just that one particular comptuer type or HDD type. I have two different Edge Series comptuers with standard HDD that are consistantly getting the 2100 Connection Error and Missing Operating System errors at bootup. Have to boot a couple of times to get the OS to load properly.

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I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, with a 256GB SSD and an i5 processor. I received it on April 29. After two weeks of normal use, it crashed and gave this error:?2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)?I could not get it to boot. I took it to a computer repair shop and they (Lenovo warrantee) replaced the SSD. It worked for about a week, then crashed again, same error. My tech guy said that it might be a bad board, frying hard drives; but Lenovo insisted on replacing the hard drive again. Ten days later, same crash. I unplugged it and put it on a shelf for the weekend, intending to take it back to the shop. Monday morning I plugged it in and it started up normally. It has been working normally for three days, but I am worried about getting the same error and crash. Can you tell me what might be happening, and if there is anything I can do to prevent a recurrence? This seems to be a common problem across many machine models, but I haven't found any solutions to it.  










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Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

The connector or the data controller board could be shortcurcuiting the ssd.

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Good day dear forum members! My brand new X1 Carbon arrived fully loaded......with errors. Right out of the box it hit me with a BSOD (CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED). The system boots from the second attempt, but BSOD pops up every 5-10min. All drivers/BIOS updated. 1TB Samsung nvme ssd (PM961 f/w3L0QCXY7) seems to be using a driver dated 6/21/2006 and so does its "Standard NVM Express Controller". Samsung nvme driver cannot be installed because it claims there's no suitable ssd, Samsung magician doesn't recognize the drive either, however, it is properly identified in the device manager. Any suggestions before I ship this back..? Any help appreciated.
 
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hello.  I have a E540 laptop with a ssd.  Recently I have gotten this error when starting up my computer : 2100 detection error on hdd0.  To get past it I have turn off and on the laptop multiple times.  Does anyone have a fix?

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Hi all,i am discovering the same problem as most people here.I have an expensive Yoga Thinkpad 12, about 2000,= euro's in januari 2014, warranty endded in januari 2016, my extra 3rd yr warranty i have bought is missing by Lenovo (i forgot the registration but in the mean time i have send the supportdesk from Lenovo al the documents including pincode from the card) and now they say de extra warranty was canceled and / or credited. Nothing of that. poor service for such a great brand.But now my problem. about 3 weeks ago all of a sudden my SSD stopped and generated this 2100 error. It's a Samsung M27TD256 from the same series as Lenovo mentioned. Because of Lenovo's attitude of not servicing (Oh yes the supportdesk guy said SSD Failure, needs to be replaced for new) i went on to the Internet how to open the machine and without any damage that was no problem. I have a computer repaircentre myself and i tried to replace te Samsung SSD with: a 120 Gb Kingston SSD / a 240 Gb Kingston Fury SSD / an Intel 120 Gb SSD. All brand new, right out of stock, non will work !!!So i took the old original SSD, tested it in another PC and it works perfectly, i could install Win 10 and boot from it.I put it bak in the Yoga... nothing. the 2100 error again.So i thought it would be the mailboard or controller but curious a i am, i took an old 250 Gb harddrive, no SSD and guess what....... The Yoga booted up without any error messages, external DVD connected and i could install an OS (whatever, Win8... Read more

Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) Where is ...

I had the same problem on a S230U Lenovo Twist. I replaced the MB and the HDD and the HD connector/controller and had the same problem. By accident, as a result of testing I installed the HD without the bracket that holds it in place. Voila it has not failed once since then. It has been running flawlessly for 2 months or more now. I havent bothered to reinstall the bracket since it is running great. There is almost no extra room in the HD compartment so I am not worried about it flopping around. Only thing I can figure is there is some kind of static buildup with the bracket installed. I tried bending the bracket to see if I could make it contact the MB to discarge static if that was the case. No good. Removed the bracket, and it worked immediately. I don't know if that will work for you but it worked for me.

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Hi,  I need to upgrade the firmware of the SSD and when I put the SSD in Lenovo laptops in ROM mode. I get the following error "2100 Detection Error on HDD0" as disk can't be read.  After this it asks me to press "ESC" to continue. I want it to go to PXE boot when the DISK failure is found as I push OS in the RAM and then treat this disk as secondry (SSD) and then recover it.  My boot order is set as :: SSDPXE  Can some please help how can I avoid getting in the Press ESC to continue and make machine reboot automatically? By the way its 440P lenovo machine I tried this stuff on. Any help is appreciated. Thanks-Vishal

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Hello,I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon 2nd Gen (Type 20A7) and after 14 months of use now, I got the error "2100 detection error on ssd0 (M.2)".I saw different topics about that kind of error and Lenovo really disappointed me -_- (they were different years I wasn't purchasing Lenovo anymore and this has been a sad welcome back).I saw some solutions about the Lenovo X1 Carbon 1st Gen, but I didn't find anything about how to fix it on the 2nd Gen. I read this https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht082504 and I would like to know it there is a way to manually install that firmware without have access to the operating system. I was running Debian 8 on my laptop when that error occurred and I have bunch of important data that I need to recover!I know, it's bad not have a backup and I usually do it, but I never had any problem with any HDD/SSD on all the laptops I had (a lot) and being that an expensive laptop, I couldn't imagine that was gonna happen (and just after 14 months of use). I tried running a live GNU/Linux distro to check if it was able so see the SSD to make a backup, but nothing...I put the SSD in a SATA adapter, connected to different laptops running Windows 7, but nothing. I really hope the SSD is not dead at all. Anyone able to help me? Both about to fix that error and have my system back or recover my data from the SSD that is not recognized/seen on any system.Thanks! p.s: the SSD is a MZNTD512HAGL-000L1

Answer:X1 Carbon 2nd Gen - 2100 detection error on ssd0 (M.2)

Hi and welcome, X1CarbYuu've linked the proper page regarding issue.Another ones, with details (note, fw package has different file name, I can't confirm whether its content differs from the page in your post):http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-x-series-laptops/thinkpad-x1-...There is readme file.I searched on the Samsung support site information about the recent fw available, but faced a bit difficulties.Regarding the fw update on the system w/o Windows installed I have the only suggestion to use bootable media like LiveUSB, Windows To Go, WinPE 5.0. Probably fw update tool will work.I'm worry you weren't able to connect SSD to the external laptop. I hope you didn't perform to boot that laptop from current Samsung SSD. Perhaps there was some incompatibility between BIOS, adapter, SSD fw, drivers.

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is my T420 dead?...can buying a new SSD get it going again? (Currently Samsung)  

Answer:2100: Detection error on HDDO (Main HDD)

Just wondering if this is SSD related or Motherboard related?....should I just get another SSD or stay away from SSD and go back to a regular drive?

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When I try to boot my W520, I get a BIOS boot up error : "2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)". I am using PNY XLR8 240GB SSD. It worked fine for a month. I also have PGP installed and whole disc encrypted. I installed an update of Intel Management Engine Firmware and Intel Chipset, both are the latest from lenovo site because I was experiencing expreme slowness from my harddrive. Programs would freeze. Webpages would take forever to load..The next time I rebooted, I got the error. If I leave the SSD out for a bit, and put the SSD back in, the disk will work for some time... but on next reboot, it is again detection error.. TRIM is enabled on my system. I am not sure how the SSD died so quickly. I am back to using my HDD but I am not happy. I want a solution... is this a intel chipset issue? Intel IMEI issue? Is  the PNY SSD just a bad model? I've googled plenty and dont really see a solution. Sometimes there is a firmware update.. PNY has no firmware updates for my drive.. I don't see anybody else using PNY on their W520, but plenty of people are experiencing Error 2100 with SSD on their W520.. somethings fishy.. help please! thanks in advance !

Answer:W520: PNY XLR8 240GB SSD with error "2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)"

Hello,
I don't have a ThinkPad W520 or a PNY SSD, but could it be simply that the SSD is coming loose inside the ThinkPad's chassis?  I suppose this could occur if a 7mm high SSD was inserted into a 9.5mm high 2.5" drive bay with a ~2mm spacer to "pad" the unused vertical space.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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I've had my T430 for about a year, and other than two Corsair RAM sticks failing my computer has been running smoothly. Last night, my computer suddenly froze up and now it won't recognize my SSD. I'm currently using my stock HDD, but now I can't access any of the data on my SSD. I've tried running the SSD firmware update from the Lenovo site, but it wouldn't show my SSD under the memory devices (I'm not sure if this particular SSD is supported by the firmware update either). I don't think lenovo customer support would help in this situation, since my stock HDD runs fine and I didn't buy the SSD from them, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:T430 "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)" Error on Samsung 830

I have the same problem that I ran into for no reason.  Does anyone have a solution for this?  Luckily I was able to login to safemode once and did my data back up after I could not login to safe mode.  The moment I connect to net work this problem happens.  On a side note I bought this T430S on ebay 3 months back with 16GB Memory, 500GB SSD which was running pretty good.

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Hi, I have a month old T440s. It has the original 256GB SSD drive (didn't open\replace anything).After uninstalling some antivirus software win8 had problems booting. To make a long story short, I tried different things to fix the MBR and eventually got to the point of trying to do a full factory restore, which didn't work (it couldn't find the recovery partition).When I boot up now, I get the "2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)" error.Aside from trying to restore using Lenovo CD (shipped to me, will be here in a couple of days), what else cn be done and what caused this ordeal? I don't mind about the data on the SSD, I just really need my laptop functioning ASAP. Thanks for any advise you may have!

Answer:Brand new T440s (original 256GB SSD) - Error 2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

Hi,check out the disk drive model. If that's a Samsung SSD PM841, refer the page below regarding firmware update affected models:http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht082504

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Hello! First post on this forum but been browsing for some time. My machine: ThinkPad S430, type-model: 3364-5HG, Win 7 x64, 500 GB HGST HDD. My problem is notably similiar to this one: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht082504.The problem occurs on very irregular basis, at times a couple of times a day but other times it goes weeks between the interrupts. It starts with some sort of short mechanical sound from the HDD, similar to the one when you turn the laptop of by pressing and holding the power button (only do this if I absolutely have to, it feels like choking someone with a pillow). After the sound, the screen freezes for a couple of seconds before the short bluescreen mentioned in the link occurs. The rest is as follows by the link above. Basically the only difference is the HDD brand (HGST in my S430 and Samsung in the link). After reboot (with power button during the automated reboot after bluescreen when the error code occurs), the laptop works fine.  It's getting quite annoying when this happens and also the suspension of not knowing when it will happen next is not good for my heart. What to do? Thanks in advance! Regards,Nicholas

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This morning I installed new Hard Disk (WD Black2 Dual Drive) on my notebook Lenovo T410, then installed Win 8.1 on it too, It worked  for about 4 hours and my notebook stopped working. I tried to restart the system, but appeared the error: "ERROR 2100: HDD0 (HARD DISK DRIVE) INITIALIZATION ERROR (1). How can I fix it?

Answer:T410 - ERROR 2100: HDD0 (HARD DISK DRIVE) INITIALIZATION ERROR (1)

Hi Wjroque,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
As per the query we understood that you are facing issues after up-grading the WD Black2 Dual Drive on your ThinkPad T410.
 

Have you checked with updating the WD Black2 Dual Drive firmware for your system?
Please click here to visit the link to download the firmware for that and follow the WD Black2 Firmware Update Instructions.pdf located in the downloaded zip file.

Hope this helps.
 
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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Hi everyone, I have a working Thinkpad T61P Type: 6459 CTO. I want to install Windows 7 on this OCZ SSD drive but when I start the computer I get the error above. I tried this with the original BIOS version and with the upgraded version (2.26-1.08). I also tried upgrading the HD Firmware with this and this upgrade, but it didn't detect any upgradeable HDs. The original HD works fine and the SSD drive works perfect if I use it as USB. The SSD drive is also formatted. I'm clueless as what to do next. Any ideas, suggestions? Thanks... 

Answer:ERROR 2100: HDD0 (Hard disk Drive) initialization error (1)

Hi, I have X61 with exactly same SSD amd having exactly same problem. Did you resovle the problem? or anybody in Lenovo can help please? The SSD works fine in a desktop PC and dell laptop. So I consider this is a bug in BIOS. Thanks,Kenneth

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I have an issue with a Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch Windows 8. It has a 512GB SSD. (Believe its Samsung)  Earlier today the computer frooze while saying plug in your charger, so I had to hold down the power button to do a forced shutdown. Upon turning it back on I got this error after hanging on the Lenovo logo for a good five minutes. Error: 2100: Detection error on SSD0 (M.2) The SSD is not visible anywhere not in BIOS or anywhere else. I've tried reseating it however it doesn't help. The BIOS is upto date, any I'm unable to update the SSD Firmware as I cannot get onto Windows as per the instrutions here - http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht082504 1. I cant update firmware for the SSD as I cant get onto Windows2. The BIOS firmware is the latest 3. I've taken the SSD out and put it back in4. Reset BIOS settings5. Disconnected Battery and left it for an hour I'm panicing as all my data is on there, I assumed it was safe as it's SSD.  Please can anyone assist?  

Answer:X1 Carbon - SSD Failure? Error 2100: Detection error on SSD0 (M.2)

Sorry for a 2500 GBP laptop I'd expect better really. This is the SECOND X1 Carbon I've had out of 4 to fail me with the SSD. I've lost all my data (Yes I know I should have backed it up) that I'll never be able to recover. Ultimately I've given up on the brand of Lenovo, my company who supplies exclusively Lenovo hardware to our customers are now switching to Dell as a direct result of the lack of support and poor hardware/firmware design. Just ordered 2X Dell XPS 13's as a replacement for my less than 6 month old Lenovo X1 Carbon, never thought it would come to this but the lack of support, knowledge and consitant hardware failures has left me no choice, I can't operate or do my work on an Lenovo X1 Carbon, fingers crossed the Dell will be better as it cant get any worse than Lenovo. To anyone who has Google'd the error and found this thread some cold facts; According to my resources this error can be caused if the system is not shutdown, BSOD or sudden power loss. If it doesn't resolve itself, there is a good chance it wont. Cycle the computer numrous times, let the battery run flat. Try it a few more times. Reset the BIOS, Update the BIOS. Prevention is better than cure, supposedly updating the SSD Firmware might have prevented this from happening in the first place.Lots of reports that this is an issue with BIOS and Firmware issues that result in an early death. I can confirm this having happened twice to me on different generation and model... Read more

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Hi ,
This morning when i was browsing on my W510, all of a suddent the pc got hanged and restarted.

and showed a messge : Hard drive error 2100: HDDO initilization error (1)
I hard restarted the pc and ran hard disk drive diagnostics program. and results were pass for both "controller diag" and "read verification and speed test "

After restarting the windows normally, the pc is working fine, May I know why this error is caused.
Are there any problems with my hard drive. please help.
I have attached the system information .
Also please let me know, these errors occur only because of hardware errors or this might happen even due to software issues.


Regards,
Vijay.

Answer:Hard drive error 2100: HDDO initilization error (1)

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Initialization error on HDD0 (Main hard drive)
Reseat the hard drive
Main hard drive
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Hi ,     This morning when i was browsing on my W510, all of a suddent the pc got hanged and restarted. and showed a messge : Hard drive error 2100: HDDO initilization error (1)I hard restarted the pc and ran hard disk drive diagnostics program. and results were pass for both "controller diag" and "read verification and speed test " After restarting the windows normally, the pc is working fine, May I know why this error is caused.Are there any problems with my hard drive. please help.I have attached the system information . Regards,Vijay.

Answer:Hard drive error 2100: HDDO initilization error (1)

Here is the system info. Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox: System Information
Thursday, November 25, 2010 1:58:55 PM

Motherboard
System Board
Chipset Intel PCH QM57
BIOS
Vendor LENOVO
Release Date 08/26/2010
BIOS Version String 6LET72WW (1.33 )
ROM Size 8.00 MB
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz (CPU:0)
Name Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz
Cores 2
Threads 4
Current Speed 2.53 GHz
Features MMX, PSE36, EM64T, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, IDA, VMX, AES
L1 Instruction Cache 2 x 32.00 kB
L1 Data Cache 2 x 32.00 kB
L2 Cache 2 x 256.00 kB
L3 Cache 4.00 MB

Memory
Total Physical Memory 8.00 GB
4096 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz)
Memory Size 4.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Samsung
Memory Manufacture Date Week 33, Year 2010
Memory Part Number M471B5273CH0-CH9
Memory Serial Number 77215874
4096 MB DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz)
Memory Size 4.00 GB
Memory Type DDR3-SDRAM (1333 MHz)
Memory Manufacturer Samsung
Memory Manufacture Date Week 33, Year 2010
Memory Part Number M471B5273CH0-CH9
Memory Serial Number 77215873

Hard Drive
ST9320423AS
Vendor Seagate
Model Number ST9320423AS
Serial Number 5VH3XR0S
Firmware Revision 0003LVM1
Size 298.1 GB
Rotation Rate 7200 RPM
Cache Size 16 MB
Temperature 27 C
Sector Information
Physical Sector Size 512 B
Logical Sector Size 512 B
Logical Sector Count 625142448
Supported Standards ATA8-ACS, ATA/ATAPI-7, ATA/ATAPI-6, ATA/ATAPI-5
Specification Version ATA8-ACS rev 4
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Hello everybody, I know that there are some other posts with this error message. But they all appear on other devices and none of them has a solution which is working for me. I got a T430s back from one of our users which showed this error (mentioned in subject) when booting. I had no no chance to enter BIOS too. 1. I copied all partitions to another SSD and replaced it => the error came up again after few days=> so I thought it must be an hardware issue concerning the internal SATA-connector2. I put the SSD in a completely new device and ordered a replacement of the mainboard because there was waranty left on the older device.3. Yesterday they came and replaced the mainboard of the older device.4. Today the user came back with the same error on the new device with the new SSD In every case it helps to remove the SSD one time and insert it again - then the SSD is detected correctly - until the error appears again after few days of usage. The only thing I did not try until now is to insert the SSD in the old device with the new mainboard. Before I forget this: BIOS is Ver. 2.52 (I see there is 2.54 available since few days, but change log does not say something important - gonna check that later and post it) Any ideas? Thx Martin

Answer:T430s - 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

check with the OEM of the SSD drive. You did not mention the Make/model of the SSD. Maybe there is a firmware update for the SSD drive. Especially since the 430 has SATA3 interface.If its not hardware you'd need to assess what you're doing software wise in the "copied all partitions ot another SSD..." I have found out cloning can cause problems and partitions become misaligned. When I went ahead to fix the misalignment with Mini partition Manager it corrupted the registry and so other files. Various applications cannot be updated or uninstalled. I have to reimage it and not clone from the source to get it right.A quick test is to just to a base install on one of the SSD's (EG Windows 7) after purging all the partitions. Letting the OS configure, partition & format the NTFS drive. If it works after that then its not the hardware and a software issue.My thoughts anyway.





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Hi,I got T450s with 500GB HDD which I replaced with 500GB SSD Crucial MX200.After installing Windows 8.1 Pro, turning on bitlocker and restarting machine, I saw black screen with white text: 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) usually if I power off laptop and turn it on again, problem gets solved and I can start Windows, but then after restarting computer again the error is usually there again... I've noticed that if I turn off the bitlocker, the problem doesn't appear (at least I wasn't able to encounter it without bitlocker). I saw threads about similar problems with this and other thinkpad models as well as crucial and samsung SSDs, but none was actually reporting that it may be connected with bitlocker functionality... (I can't be 100% sure it is, but so far it looks like it). any idea how I can fix it so that it works also when bitlocker is enabled? Thanks!

Answer:T450s: 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

I have exactly the same problem too with a T550 and a 1TB Crucial MX200. Did you ever find a solution? I'm tempted to return the MX200 and try a Samsung 850 EVO instead.

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Hi all,I replaced original HDD on SSD 250 GB and formatted built-in Toshiba SSD-disk 20 GB . On 250 GB SSD installed Windows 8. And after turn on notebook I get "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD). Press Esc to continue". If press "Esc" then there is boot menu, contain 2 point: ATA HDD2 Toshiba and PCI LAN. But after ALT+CTRL+DEL begins normal loading Windows 8.Any ideas why?

Answer:X240 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

Hi - I've seen this so many times I lost track. I have about 100 X240 with the Samsung 256GB SSD and 100 T440 with the same drives. Periodically they crash and boot to the same error: 2100: Detection error on HDD0. If you reboot a few times it will come back. I suggest dowloading the SSD firwmare: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS034646 If that doesn't work, call it to Lenovo and have them send you a warranty replacement. 

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Hello,I have SSD installed into mSATA slot and 9mm HDD installed into ultrabay slot with HDD adapter. But I REMOVED the original 7mm HDD and now there is nothing in regular hard drive slot. After restart, there is a couple of beeps and error message " 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) press ESC to continue", and booting proceeds only after I press ESC. Before that there was no such error. Laptop still boots well from SSD and HDD in ultrabay works well, but this error during startup is annoying at least.Laptop Thinkpad T430s. Is there any way to disable SATA port that corresponds to HDD0 (may be in BIOS?) or any other way to get rid of the error?The HDD in Ultrabay slot is 9mm, so I think there is no way to fit it into main HDD slot.Thanks!

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I keep on getting this error on the X1 Carbon, attaching picture.If it stays on for a long time, 8 hours and more it will show, consistently.Anyone else had this problem ? found a fix ? Its brand new and it started showing since day 1

Answer:2100: Detection error on SSD0 (M.2) -- X1 Carbon 2014

Have the same issue.  Just started happening after ~4 months of use. Have you found any resolution to the error?  Did Lenovo replace your X1?

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I have a Thinkpad Yoga which today was turned on while I was away (i.e. computer was not in use). When returning back the screen said "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)". Windows must have crashed (probably just another one of those faulty Lenovo drivers) and then the system couldn't boot up.
Everything seems alright after a hard reboot but I'm afraid my SSD drive has gone bad.
 
Link to image
 
Found a support document of the error on Thinkpads with Samsung SSD, but mine have a LiteOn. Can anyone help me find out why this happened and if anything is wrong with my SSD?
 
Thanks,
// Måns
 
The support document I'm talking about: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht082504
 
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Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Thinkpad Yoga)

I have the same problem on a Lenovo Thinkpad, it does it once a day One way to fix it: Once it boot up wrong, press esc and the in the menu select the "Lenovo diagnosis" or something like this, once you see your 2 drives, you can reboot and it will work.When I launched a usb key while having the 2100 error, only the liteon ssd was detected... Might be a Hard Drive problem? (my thinkpad is only 3 months old) I tried updating my Bios, and I reinstalled windows. No differrences, still having a bug once every 2 or 3 reboot I'm trying to fix it soon and if no way, i'm going to make the warranty work(Sorry for my english, not my native language)

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Hi, last week I received my new T470; everything fine until yesterday when, after enabling virtualization support when running on battery, I received the infamous "2100: Detection error on HDD0". Power off and on again and the system booted correctly. After a couple of hours I left the pc for ten minutes or so and I wasn't able to wake it up: power light was on but tapping on keys or touchpad didn't wake the laptop up. Power off and a second "2100"; this time turning the pc off and on didn't do the trick... I thought the issue could be related to the virtualization settings I had enabled, so I entered the BIOS and disabled virtualization. Bingo, the pc booted! So, just to be sure that it was the root cause of the problem, I re-enabled it.. but everything went fine!  From then I'm not able to reproduce the issue anymore, but my OCD (and my colleagues, that kept saying I should have bought a Mac) is telling me that I have to fix this. My hard disk is a Toshiba SSD: Model Number: THNSF5256GPUK TOSHIBAFirmware Version: 51025KLA Googling these codes brought me here: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/ThinkPad-X270-PCIe-SSD-NVMe-refusing-to-wake-... The fact that my laptop wasn't waking up makes me think the problems could be related; I've seen a lot of posts of people with the same issue, some suggest checking HD connectors, other to change the HD model. Some people say that when the error oc... Read more

Answer:Brand new T470: "2100: Detection error on HDD0"

This kind of problem is hard to diagnose, but if it were my machine, I would update the BIOS to the latest version and install the newest power management drivers.  I would then boot into the BIOS and load setup defaults.  I would use the machine normally and see if it is stable.

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Ok, so my wife shot herself in the foot and dropped, then fell on her W520.  Now, it tries to come up butget's the 2100 message.  I can get to the "boot menu" with the following two options:ATAPI CD0: HL-DT-STDVDRAM GT33NPCI LAN: IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1366Hitting enter with the ATAPC line highlighted   = no actionHitting enter with the PCI LAN line highlighted =Initializing INTEL boot agent GE 1.3.66 then:PXE-E61 Media test failure - check cablePXE-M0F Exitting Intel Boot Manager The DIAGNOSTICS Splash Screen shows this: Phoenix SecureCore Tiano(TM) for ThinkPadBuild Time: 07/26/2013CPU = Intel(r) Core(TM) i7-2720QM CPU @ 2.2GHz8192 MB System RAM Passed256 KB L2 CacheSystem BIOS shadowedVideo BIOS shadowedBIOS Version: 8BET62WW I've unplugged the power and pulled the battery. Re-seated both the RAM and Harddrive. No affect.  Hitting F1, F8 and F12 and thinkvantage buttons do nothing on rebooting.  Opinions on if it's worth fixing? 













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Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) Can't get anywhere - HDD or System?

03bluecoupe wrote:
Ok, so my wife shot herself in the foot and dropped, then fell on her W520.  Now, it tries to come up but
get's the 2100 message.  I can get to the "boot menu" with the following two options:
ATAPI CD0: HL-DT-STDVDRAM GT33NPCI LAN: IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1366Hitting enter with the ATAPC line highlighted   = no actionHitting enter with the PCI LAN line highlighted =Initializing INTEL boot agent GE 1.3.66 then:PXE-E61 Media test failure - check cablePXE-M0F Exitting Intel Boot Manager
 
The DIAGNOSTICS Splash Screen shows this:
Phoenix SecureCore Tiano(TM) for ThinkPadBuild Time: 07/26/2013CPU = Intel(r) Core(TM) i7-2720QM CPU @ 2.2GHz8192 MB System RAM Passed256 KB L2 CacheSystem BIOS shadowedVideo BIOS shadowedBIOS Version: 8BET62WW
 
I've unplugged the power and pulled the battery. Re-seated both the RAM and Harddrive. No affect. 
Hitting F1, F8 and F12 and thinkvantage buttons do nothing on rebooting.
 
Opinions on if it's worth fixing? 

Geez
 
I do hope she feels better.

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Hello. I got this error each time after hard reset, or any non-standard unexpected poweroff."2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)". I found workaround how to boot: each time in this situation i press F10 to load Diagnostic Utility at boot time, then see error message, press ESC to continue booting into diagnostic utility, and here I already see my hard drive. So just do nothing, quit from utility to restart laptop. And now it see hard drive and boot as usual. BTW, if I boot from USB flash drive, and do hard reset, it throw same error but for m2 SDD instead of sata HDD0. I have stock WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5 hard disk and stock SanDisk SSD U110 16GB.Model of laptop Lenovo ThinkPad T440p 20AN0030RT. BIOS GLET83WW. All with lastest firmware (respectively 05.01A05 and U21B001). Latest updated BIOS (2.37). Please, suggest any appropriate solution, because I can't figure out this by googling by myself.

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I found some similar threads (such as this one) but none with an actual diagnosis and resolution. I have a Thinkpad T520 with a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO (an SSD like all the other reports of this problem). It has worked fine for a month then suddenly I am seeing this error on boot.I have the latest BIOS and drive firmware updates as of the time of this writing. The error appears to be "bogus" in that booting from a Linux CD, and from a Windows Recovery CD, the drive is seen just fine, with no errors reported, despite the "detection error" reported by the BIOS. SMART status as reported by Linux shows the drive to be in excellent condition with no error or warning flags: SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 1
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 658
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 145
177 Wear_Leveling_Count 0x0013 099 099 000 Pre-fail Always - 1
179 Used_Rsvd_Blk_Cnt_Tot 0x0013 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0
181 Program_Fail_Cnt_Total 0x0032 100 100 010 Old_age Always - 0
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Anyone experiencing this? I see a lot of older posts referring to this error. This is on a brand new machine.  Wondering if this is something that needs to be repaired or just a bug which could be fixed by an upcoming Bios update.  Happens infrequently but sometimes I will come back to the laptop after walking away, and it will be at this error. 

Answer:T450s: 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

Do you have an SSD?

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I have an x1 carbon 4th gen. I bought my laptop and upgraded the hard drive to the samsung 950 pro. Unfortunately, my laptop does not seem to recognize the new SSD. Can anyone help me here? I am extremely frustrated to be honest and I have no idea what to do. Thanks.

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Hi have a problem with my x61s.Two days ago the computer started doing weird things under vista. I had to make a hard reboot. Since, vista never boot up. The hard drive is not even seen by the bios. And I have a "Error 2100 - Hard drive initialization error".I went on google to find a solution and I found this :http://www.gottabemobile.com/CommentView,guid,32b17bc1-db16-4f37-a4c4-f40e53d37342.aspxBut (there is a but) the solution I found only works for Hitachi/Fujistu/Toshiba, and my hard drive is a Seagate...http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-63685The problem seems common. I'm a bit disapointed, as I used the laptop for a week... I did no backup, and I'm afraid I've lost a whole week of work...If any one has an idea ...

Answer:"Error 2100 - Hard drive initialization error"

No one has an idea ?...

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I have a new Lenovo X240 out of the box.  I immediately upgraded with a Crucial M500 SSD 240mb drive.  The computer is running a fresh install of Windows 7 64-bit. The BIOS on the laptop is the most current.  The firmware on the M500 is the most current.  It seems that every several times I start or reboot the system I receive "DETECTION ERROR 2100".  After powering off the machine and powering it on again the computer will boot to Winddows. I have seen numerous posts about this issue between Crucial vs. Lenovo.  I've tried every suggested fix to no avail.  I have tried the configuration using an identical, brand new M500 SSD with the same results.  Am I missing something?Thanks in advance for your suggestions,.

Answer:Detection Error 2100 - Lenovo X240 with Crucial M500 SSD

Hi Mrtree,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to hear that you are facing the issue with SSD drive on ThinkPad X240.
 
Regarding the issue we have got the same thread in the forum, but it is different model.
 
I suggest you to chect with the below link to follow the further troubleshooting steps.
 
Please click here to visit the page, and proceed with the steps provided in that.
 
Hope this helps. Do post back if issue persists!
 
Best regards,

Hemanth Kumar






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Hi Lenovo Community,  around April/May I bought a T470 and since then my Notebook is crashing from time to time out of nothing with the apparently famous "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)" error.First this error screen shows up:     First error messageAnd it is shortly followed up by this one:Second error messageBefore starting this thread I had a look into the community and the older posts. This seems to be a problem which comes up often with all kind of Lenovo Notebooks (ThinkPads and also IdeaPads) however there was no thread for the T470 model yet and the suggested solutions (mostly only to update the drivers) didn't really solve my problem...!All my drivers are regularly updated via Lenovo Companion and yet the problem still comes out of nothing...Does anyone have an idea?Thank you.Best Regards,GT500M

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Hi Members, Please help, i have also send the laptop to lenovo support for repair and i am still having this issue.I am getting this repeated error  2100 hardware detection error  on my T440  thinkpad laptop. workaround: i have to reboot my laptop atleast 5 times and sometimes keep pressing f9 while laptop is booting   works and you will see the windows boot screen. latest bios and windows update installed. Please help me to resolve this issue, Appreciate it RegardsJ P

Answer:2100 hdd detection error ssd 240GB mushkin after upgrading to windows 10

Hi jignesh26,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Forums!
 
The error message 2100 indicates hardware failure i.e. Hard disk might have gone wrong and you have to replace the same. Hence I kindly request you to take the system to the nearest service centre for the further assistance.
 
Please find the link given below to find the nearest service centre details as per your location.
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
OR
http://bplocator.lenovo.com/
 
Please let me know whether the above suggestion helped you.
Thank you, have a good day.
 
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On my W520 I am running a Crucial M4 512GB for the last 4 month. It was updated with FW 010G 10 days ago.When it stopped working with "2100: Detection Error on HDD0" I took the M4 out. It would not become active on  any other  port.While I tried to rebuild the system on another HDD-drive I left it in a //FREECOM HDD dock powered on, but not connected.When I finished the rebuild about 2 hours later I plugged the dock into the usb of another machine and it got recognized.So I took it back to the W520.It is now working in the W520 as before for about 2 * 10hrs without any problems. Can anyone explain what happened please?





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Answer:W520 + Crucial M4 512GB 2100:Detection Error on HDD0

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After about 18 months of use, I am repeadedly receiving the following errors on my Thinkpad Twist S230U (Model #3347CTO): 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)Press Esc to continue. (On Startup) or   Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you. (0% complete)If you'd like to know more you can search online later for this error: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED (Windows 8 BSOD when I am in Windows) I am periodically able to login, so on my last login I did a complete refresh ran all the disk utility options, and did a complete refresh.  I just finished installing the 150 or so updates, did another run through the disk utility applications, and it is still doing it.   Any thoughts? I'm worried that it will get to the point where it won't startup again (and it is a huge pain when I am working and it goes BSOD on me).  There was nothing installed or any physical shock to the machine that would have led to this happening when it did.

Answer:2100: Detection error on HDD0 and BSOD on Thinkpad Twist

Hi Glennschatz,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
I?m sorry to hear that you are facing the issue with HDD drive on ThinkPad Twist S230u.
 
I suggest you to check with Lenovo diagnose tool, through which we can identify the exact error from that.
 
Below is the link to enter the downloads page and install Diagnose application and check accordingly, please click on "Select Product" then in "QUICK PATH" enter the MTM no. select the exact model.
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/default.page#
 
Hope this helps. Do post back if issue persists!
 
Best regards.

Hemanth Kumar






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I got my X1 Yoga on 28 March 2016. After nearly 2 months with 5-10 BSOD breakdowns per day, Lenovo Support UK changed the SSD drive. So if you have BSOD 2100 detection error, I can only recommend to change the SSD drive, and dont listen to all the excuses for not doing so by Lenovo. After new SSD drive, my X1 Yoga has been performing ok.Only 1 BSOD, WDF violation, when I tried to uninstall McAfee.So SM 951 can be a crappy drive, but the new SM 951 apparently performing better. 

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I got the dreaded 2100 error a few days ago on my X230 with a Samsung SSD.While I managed to solve it in a somewhat unexpected way, I wanted to document the process here as I am almost certain it was the result of a bug in the laptop firmware/BIOS. If any Lenovo representatives are reading along I'd appreciate your comments.Long story short: Power on laptop, observe 2100 error. Reboot, press Enter to interrupt start-up, then F12 to select boot device. Hard drive appears in list, despite it not being detected a few seconds earlier. Sigh of relief. Select hard drive, boot up. Problem solved.Details: System configuration is X230 ThinkPad (BIOS version 2.57) with a Samsung 840 EVO SSD (model MZ-7TE1T0BW), Windows 8.1. Before someone points it out, I am aware there's a BIOS version 2.58 available, but from the readme file it doesn't appear to have any fixes for this.The trouble started when I had just powered on the laptop from stand-by, and was setting up a WiDi connection to my TV. The laptop froze hard - no activity whatsoever, couldn't move the mouse pointer, no response to Ctrl-Alt-Delete. Kept the power button pressed until the laptop switched off. Then got a "2100: Detection error on HDD0" message when I tried to boot it again.My first concern was trying to salvage as much data as possible, so I removed the SSD and connected it to a different machine using a SATA-USB adapter. The SSD appeared to be in perfect condition, and I was able to copy all of my data off of it.Popped... Read more

Answer:X230 2100: Detection error on HDD0 - BIOS issue?

There are tons of threads on forum here about this error 2100 issue. Most of them relate to the drive (SSD as well as HDD) firmware. Is your SSD fw up to date?Look at the bottom of this your thread and find out another similar discussions.

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Hi there guys! First of all, it's my first time to post something here. Just recently purchased a Thinkpad Twist. However, after a few days, all of a sudden, I always get the error 2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HD). I'm not sure what exactly is the problem though because after a few minutes, when I restart, it'll load Windows 8 back and eventually after a few browsing and use of computer, will force restart stating there's a problem encountered, etc. Once it restarts, it gives the same 2100 error again. Please help me guys as I'm really frustrated. I can't seem to use the computer normally without force restart due to error and loading windows 8 thereafter due to 2100 error.

Answer:Thinkpad Twist s230u 2100: Detection Error on HDD0...

I have the same problem. When I reboot the computer it keep on showing this error and it happened very often. But when you try a few time reboot it may be OK . So frustrated......I will call the support center...

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Hello, I recently upgraded my hard drive from 128 to 256 sdd without migrating my files to the new hard drive I thought I could reinstall everything from scratch. But when I installed the new sdd I first got a Hdd0 error and then send to the boot menu. The boot menu didn't have anything to select, so I thought of putting back the old hard drive to return it back as it was. After doing that I still get the same screen error. What can I do to fix this or can it even be fix?
 
 
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Answer:Yoga S1 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) after installing sdd

Forgot to mention that I owen a thinkpad yoga s1.

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Hello everyone. I'm having random problems with my new disk Evo 500 Samsung 840 Gb The error I get is, "2100: Error detection on hdd0".I searched the forum responses to this error and can not find a solution to the problem. Apparently this error is due to the compatibility dell disk controller which uses "Samsung 3-core MEX Controller" with the team (W520 82844DG). I do not know if this is true and if you have easy solutions.Some of you can provide me a solution or a hint to solve this problem Thanks.

Answer:W520 samsung ssd 840 evo 500Gb: 2100 Detection error hdd0

Have you been able to figure this out.  I'm looking to upgrade either to the Samsung SSD 840 Evo or the Crucial M500.  Please let me know if the Evo ended up working well for you.

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Hi,my just over one year old lenovo t410s is not behaving properly. It freezes up unperiodcally in widows and produces a bsod for a couple of milliseconds. When it tries to reboot right after, the following error message pops up: Error2100: HDD0 (Hard disk drive) initialization error (2) Press <ESC> to continue. Pressing escape does not lead any way, the only way to buypass this message in order to enter windows again is to undock the laptop and pull out the battery, and then insert it again. I have read a couple of forum threads and tried some fixes and some registry cleaning, but none of them seems to work. Is this a hardware fault? Do i have to replace my 128 gig ssd, if so will the warranty cover it? Or is there some fix out there Thanks//Even Låte 

Answer:2100: HDD0 (Hard disk drive) initialization error (2)

It sounds like the HD is failing FAST. 1st you should already have done. Get a backup image or at least your data depending on how long it will run before generating the error. Data is lost when it hits that state so the last file is likely incomplete or useless.Have you run the HD diagnostics from your system? It part of the Lenovo tools. It could be thermal related as well. Runing in a cooler area might give you a longer run.SSD drive, well I've seen a few fail and there is no bring them back when they're going.





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 URGENT!!!NEED Help. I am getting the following Error on my T61 laptop. ERROR2100: HDD0 (Hard Disk drive) initialization error (2)Press <ESC> to continue Got this error last week. Tried to attached the seagate laptop HDD to another laptop and PC but it didnt work. It just frezees during boot. I have noticed that the HDD makes some sound like a regular HDD but then stops. I have attached another HDD on my laptop and it works just fine, but the original 1 hasent worked a day since the error occoured. Please suggest what i should do as any update/patch is not possible as i am unable to boot into the bios with the HDD installed. also the HDD gets detected only on 1 PC when used as a primary HDD. Im a novice but can follow instructions. Awaitng some help as Data is important. Thanks in advance.   Some additional Info:- Using Windows7, no recent updates, recent software installed sandiebox, Changed HDD from 80GB seagate 5200 to 320GB HDD Seagate 7200 momentus. Hope some1 can help spot some correcting factor.  













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Answer:T61 "2100: HDD0 (Hard Disk drive) initialization error (2)"

Hello,
 
That usually means the hard disk drive is failing.  Seagate does offer a diagnostic program called SeaTools for Windows here on their web site to test a hard disk drive to see if it is faulty or not.  That program needs to be installed onto a working Windows computer, after which the suspect hard disk drive can be plugged into it for testing.
 
If you do not have access to a separate computer to boot from and attach the suspect hard disk to, Seagate offers a version of the software here on their web site that can be written to a CD-R to make a boot CD for the computer.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hello everyone,
One fine evening while watching a movie, my laptop stopped responding and in frustration I switched off the laptop by holding the power button long enough to turn off. Next Morning it showed a blue screen and a message to recover my windows, which I failed to do and by the afternoon this message showed up. Detection Error on HDD0 (main HDD) and hence forth I've been unable to install windows from a USB drive since ( and I suppose) it is not able to read my HDD. I do not care about my data at all, I just want my laptop up and running. If I can have the data back it will be perfect otherwise I don't mind not getting my data back. I know for a fact that my Hard disk is fine because I went into command prompt, diskpart , and list disk, and saw the status of HDD as healthy, this is after the error (detection error on HDD). SO my question is: Why this error? IS there a problem in the motherboard? Why the error shows once and then doesn't show the next time and then comes up again.
 

Answer:2100: Detection Error on HDD0 (Main HDD); Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga

The error might be bad sectors, but I'm not sure. if my guessing is correct, you might have to get a new drive to replace. also you need to reinstall OS
 

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My laptop is T430 of Lenovo. I have two drives installed on my computer, one is SSD (128 G, PLEXTOR), another is HDD (500 G, Samsung). Now I have encountered a serious issue that I could not find the HDD in my Windows 10. Almost two weeks ago, I found my laptop crash frequently. I think there is an extreme incompatibility between the Windows 10 and SSD. I even reinstalled my OS for several times. But it still crashed. Even I opened a simple word file, it does not respond. Two days ago, the issue got even more serious. When I boot my system, I found a problem with "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)". It suggests me to press the "ESC" button to enter into the OS. However, I could not find my HDD on my computer anymore. I have some paramount important data and files in this drive.  Could some friends provide some meaningful suggestions of recovering data and files for me, please?  I'm very anxious. Thank you very much!

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Hi, I used an SDD Crucial m500 480 Gb in my Thinkpad x201i for about a month.It was configured in 'Self-Encrypting Drive' (SED) so my Thinkpad asked me a passphrase at boot.It worked great, never got a problem with it. Last week, I bought a t440s.I decided to move my SSD into that t440s. At first, I always got the same error message "2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)" and wasn?t able to boot or install the OS.I removed the SED passphrase (because I wasn?t sure if encryption was involved with the TPM chip or not) but that didn?t help. I flashed the UEFI / bios to the latest version (2.17 at that time) without any more luck.Then I updated the SSD Crucial m500 firmware to MU02 to MU03.One of the fixes of that update is "Fix for potential Haswell compatibility issue (latest Intel platform)" which could only help.And it helped : the drive was then recognized and I installed the Operating System after setting again a SED passphrase.It worked great for several reboots but, this morning, a "hot reboot" (restart from the Operating System without power off), I?ve got the 2100 message error again...I powered the system off, remove the power cord for several second then powered on and it worked but It keep me worried....The problem is not permanent but It could be very bad to not be able to boot my laptop !I thought I fixed the problem permanently with that firmware update but it seems not... Do someone has any idea ?Is that SSD a model to avoid in... Read more

Answer:SSD Crucial m500 + T440s = 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)

Hi lovecraft,thanks for posting and welcome to the community. Looking at your case could you possibly try the update below.http://support.lenovo.com/en_MY/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?DocID=HT076644Hope this helps and please do post back your results.Regards

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After a windows update, the laptop started giving me this error. I attempted the quick fixes, such as going into diagnostic, the HDD isn't present there either. I've reseated the HDD, nothing is working. I believe this could be a chipset/IRST mismatch issue, I just need to know what to get and a suggestion on how to get it installed.  Ok yes it's an old laptop but I need to get it going even if only long enough to back up my data. I am desperate please any solution is a godsend at this point.

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Hi (first post) On booting my PC this morning, I got error 2100: HDDo (Hard disk drive) initializatio error (2) It does not find my hard disk at all. The laptop has been working fine for the past few months - and had a new hard disk installed 3 months ago as the old got the blue 'screen of death'. So far I have tried the following: 1. Rebooted/on/off several times2. Removed the hard drive from the slot and put back i3. Dowloaded the bootable-generator.exe via my old Thinkpad T41 - although I am not sure what to do with it now it is on a USB stick - do I switch the boot sequence in the BIOS Startup so - or something?  I can't believe the hard disk has 'died' as all was working perfectly well the night before. Do you have any suggestions as to what to do? It seems very odd! Many thanks, D  

Answer:Thinkpad T410 Error 2100 Hard disk drive - just 3 months old?

the platters could be stuck internally and not spinning up. But the question is if you have data you need to get off. If not get it replaced.Getting it to spin up you could take it out and give it a shake laterally and put it back in and see if it spins up. You should be able to hear it spining. If it does and you still can see it then its likely a HD controller failure.





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Hi, I've had my W520 since November or so last year, I swapped out the hard disk when I got it for a Crucial M4 256GB.  The machine has been fast and totally stable until now.  I'm using Win7 Pro and have not applied reg hacks or bois updates, it just worked. Now I am seeing the 2100: Detection Error on HDD0 sporadically after being unattended for about 30 mins.  Rebooting solves the problem.  The machine is set to never sleep or hibernate other than manually.  It hasnt yet occured when working at the machine but I suspect Windows is crashing, then this message appears as the machine tries to reboot.  When I reboot manually its detected and Win7 runs. Has anyone seen this or have any ideas? Could it be an overheating issue?Is my drive on the way out? It has been running far more than is strictly nessesary.The machine is set to never hibernate/sleep, so it cant be an error related to that.SSD Life reports the drive is in excellent health.  All files are stored on network shares, only program files on the SSD. RegardsMatt













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Answer:W520 + Crucial M4 256GB Fine for 10 months now 2100:Detection Error on HDD0

Try putting the old drive in and see if it does the same.Do note that SSDs tend to fail in unconventional manners compared to platter drives.

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Sometimes i get this error when i start my Thinkpad T530 (Cold Boot and also with a reboot). Could Someone give me advise on this all update and firmware updates are installed also on my SSD drive
Manufactor: Mushkin
Type: Chronos Deluxe       
Model : MKNSSDCR480GB-DXFirmware : 504ABBF0Serial Number : MKN1243A0000135952
 
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Answer:T530 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) SSD Mushkin Chronos Deluxe

Hi Michael222,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
As per the query we understood that you are facing an issue with HDD detection on your ThinkPad T530.
 

Have you checked updating system BIOS?
Is the system is having both HDD and SSD?
Check with reseating the drives.

Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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First, please forgive me. I am a computer noob. I'm not very savvy with computers, so I might need "extra" help.

We have a shared family computer and today, all of a sudden, a window popped up and said something along the lines of, "Hard Drive Detection Error". My wife restarted the computer and everything on the desktop disappeared, none of the programs were in the Startup menu and we have no idea what happened and how to fix this. I've searched and found that others had similar experiences. I'm not sure if my hard drive really is out of commission or if we've contracted a virus.

I'm running Windows XP (sorry not sure which Service Pack). My hard drive is petitioned into 2 parts, Operating System is on the C:\ and everything else (music, games, pics, etc...) is on the E:\. It seems like everything still shows up on the E:\, that's why I believe I may have contracted a virus???

Can someone please help this noob out?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Virus???: Hard Drive detection error

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Your files aren't missing, they're hidden and the hard drive errors you see are fake.

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If necessary, you can run it straight from a USB drive.

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Hi, I have a T410s with the latest BIOS 1.50 and a Intel X-18M 160 GB (FRU 45N8019). If I try to boot I get the hard drive initialization error. I used the Intel Flash Tool and it says the intel drive has the latest firmware. I also changed BIOS to compatibility mode. What can I do to get this working? As I saw on Thinkwiki (http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T410s) the laptop was shipped with this SDD so it should work, no? Thank you.













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Answer:T410s and Intel X18-M (SSDSA1M160G2LE): 2100 HDD0 (Hard Disc Drive) initialization error (2)

Can you boot a Linux Live USB and access the drive from there? It's possible the drive has failed.

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I have an x220i type 4286 with a standard 320GB mechanical hard drive. I ordered it in 2011, and it has been an absolute marvel for me for the 2 years that I've had it, then out of nowhere, I got the error message you see in the subject above, "2100: Detection error on HDD0" then when I go with the "Hit ESC to continue" I end up getting the PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable" error message pops up. I removed the keyboard to get a look and everything...ehh..."looks" ok, the ribbon cable doesn't look torn or anything, and nothing in the back of the HDD looks wrong.  I removed the HDD to see if excessive dust was in there and it seemed ok, and I reseated it carefully, and it looked proper.   So I'm kind atorn as to what I should do now. I don't think I have another external HDD that will work to test, but apparently this is a common issue or something?  It seems a lot of folks have issues with the SSD but mine is just a plain-jane mechanical HDD. help?  Please?













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Answer:x220 - 2100:Detection Error on HDD0 // PXE-E61:Media test failure,check cable

Hi,
 
Most likely your HDD has failed   Can you connect it to some other machine via sata/USB adapter or direct to a desktop and see if it's accessible.
 
The PXE/media... error message is your laptop attempting to boot via the network since it can't boot the HDD.  You can ignore that.  All it means is that the boot devices earlier in the boot order list weren't bootable.
 
Z.

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Hello, I secure erased the Samsung ssd in my x300. I had already done that before with no issues but this time the system did not react for an hour or two so I had to manually turn it off and back on again. Now the SSD is not recognized by the BIOS anymore - booting is sluggish and I get  2100 HDD0 Hard Disk Drive - Initialization Error (3)  I already tried attaching the ssd to an external 1,8" mSATA-> USB adapter but it didn't help.  My laptop is out warranty for about 4 months now - does anyone have an idea on how I can get it to work again w/o having to purchase a new mSATA drive (which easily runs $150) Thanks  Andreas













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Answer:x300 - after Bios secure erase "2100 HDD0 Hard Disk Drive - Initialization Error (3)"

Hello andrasz14 and welcome to community,
 
Kindly update the BIOS and check, also check with another SSD if available
 
 
Best Regards,
Tanuj

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Hi, I got this error message this morning right after trying to get the laptop off standy off and it froze, so re-booted and voila this error came up... have read up a bit about it, and it seems I'd need to get a BOIS uprgade done, but dont know how to go about it now that I can't log-on... The bigger problem is that Lenovo does not support the T61P in India, andif I cant fix it by myself I am left saddled with a a very heavy paper weight! Thanks,Conred

Answer:ERROR 2100: HDDO (Hard Disk Drrive) initialization error (1) with T61P

Hi Conred, http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-67989 here is the link to the bootable bios update for you T61P. should work if there's no prob. with your HD. Jay





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Hi,

I've seen on another post that L0nestar has installed a Western Digital WD2500BEVE (250GB, 5400RPM) into a Pro 2100.
The question I have is what interface is required EIDE or SATA? The original drive states its a SATA interface, but the WD2500BEVE is an EIDE interface?

Hope someone can clear this up for me.

Cheers.

Answer:Satellite Pro 2100 and new hard drive

As far as I know all old notebook models have HDDs with EIDE interface. Satellite Pro 2100 is delivered with Enhanced IDE (ATA-5) HDD.

Bye

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Hi,

Having tried all the suggestions kindly made, I now need to remove and replace the HDD. Unfortunately, having read the documentation, I can't see how to remove the HDD on this model. I've tentatively removed various panels on the underside, but nothing seems to lead me to the HDD.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as would confirmation that pretty much any standard 2.5 inch 9.5mm height HDD would do as a replacement. I'm specifically looking at a Toshiba MK4026GAX.

Many thanks.

Jim Rainford

Answer:Sat Pro 2100 Hard Drive - How to Locate?

Hi

I am a bit unsure here but if You look at the bottom of Your machine you should find a rectangular cover with a small bulge or bump on. This one should be fastened with only 1 screw. That should be the HDD cover.

Good luck!

Tom

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Hello, I've bought a S540, december 2014. Since a few weeks I'm getting the error:"2100 : Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD)"A clean install of Win10 doesn't work, he just isn't able to find the HDD so I can't install win10 on anything. Q1) Anyone agrees that this is way to soon for a HDD to die? Lenovo service centre in the Netherlands is not willing to do anything because one year of warranty is expired, really annoying.Q2) Current installed BIOS-version is 1.57, current downloadable version is 1.66. Could it be that a BIOS update will result in a detectionable HDD?Q3) If so, how can I update the BIOS via USB since the HDD is not available and my S540 doesn't have a CD-ROM player? See http://support.lenovo.com/nl/nl/downloads/ds038373 which only mentiones via a working Windows (HDD) and a CD-rom player. Arnord

Answer:S540 2100 Detection Erro on HDD0

I have the exact same problem.. I've changed the harddisk (Samsung SSD 840) to a brand new Kingston SDD (240 Gb). and it still does the same problem. I've had it in for diagnostics twice, but they can't seem to find the problem. Once in a while the computer detects the harddisk and I'm able to open windows (otherwise it opens the boot-menu), and it stays stable for somewhat 10 min and then the computer freezes and restarts.  I've had the detection problem for quite a while now (since March), and just restarted the computer and continued working until I turned it off myself. But the problem became worse, and now I can't even use it. I really hope you can help me. I love to work with this model, and I don't want to buy a new computer since I just started studying again and urgently need one..Thanks in advance! kgrovep

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Can anybody help me with the hard drive instructions for 2100cds. What screws to take off, etc to take out the old hard drive and replace it with another.

Thanks
Emanuel

Answer:Hard Drive Installation Instructions for 2100 CDS

Hi,

turn the notebook and look at the right and left side if there is a small cover! This cover can be unscrewed with one screw!

If you don't find it please contact a Service Partner and ask for help!

Bye chris

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I need to get information off of a Compaq Presario 2100 laptop's hard drive, but it has a proprietary connector that's essentially the same, but it's actually a female slot connector, like the plugs on really old floppy cables. I can't find an adapter for this anywhere. Does anyone here know where I can get an adapter that will make it a standard 44 pin laptop connector?
 

Answer:Solved: Presario 2100 Hard Drive...

What brand of drive? Are you sure that you have the connector/adapter off the drive?
 

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Hi,I dropped my laptop and now it is showing error 2100: hard disk initialization error. I took out the hard disk and reconnected it but it still won't turn on. Can you please help me out on how I can fix this. The laptop is ThinkPad T410

Answer:Error 2100: Hard disk initialization error

It sounds like you either broke the drive or the motherboard.  Can you try the drive in another machine?

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Hallo.
I have a failed HDD.
In the past I have usually been able to help myself to at least retrieve any data from the HDD.
But this time the problem seems to be different. If it has any bearing, this is the first time since upgrading to Windows 7 and operating for I can't remember how long, since without any issues.
As I always have in the past, this HDD is formatted with a separate partitions (1) for the OS and program files, and (2) for my data. This has usually this been enough to retrieve my data by installing the drive in a second Thinkpad using a second HDD adapter and retrieving the data. These days I also keep most of my data on a NAS but I do have some folders on a D:\ or Data drive which I would like to retrieve.

This time however I cannot even 'see' the drive at all. Not when I try to boot from it, or as a second HDD using an adapter. It is not even visible under Disk Management in case it needed to be initialized (again?) So this time, I seem stuck, unable to help myself:

In the first instance, I get the Error 2100: HDD0 (Hard Disk Drive) initialization error (2) when booting from the drive.
When I press ESC to continue, the computer tries to initialize the HDD or something, and from memory, I think displays an 'unable to boot from any device' screen and shows the status for the devices without any operating systems.

When I try the same with the affected HDD but this time with an installation disc inserted, I do not see the 'Press any key to boot from CD or DV... Read more

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Hi,

I'm putting together a computer for my brother and I ran into an annoying problem. First the specs:

Shuttle AK11 MB
700 MHZ AMD Duron
128 MB RAM
13 GB Western Digital HD
8x4x32 Atapi CD RW

I hooked up the HD as the primary master and the Atapi as the primary slave and I made sure the BIOS recognized it. When I insert a boot disk in (Windows ME CD is in the CD RW drive, too) and get to the A: prompt, I run FDISK and I get "cannot change a fixed drive" error. I then go to C: and type DIR and it displays all the contents of the WinME CD. The C: prompt is the CD RW and there is no other prompt for the HD. I also tried booting from the CD dircetly and it just hangs. Anyting else that I could do? Any help would be great!
 

Answer:Hard drive detection

Hi aerain,
Make sure your cables are connected correctly. Also make sure your jumpers are set to what you want.Pin 1 on the Hard Drive (Red line on cable) is nearest the power connector on the hard drive. Just a Thought!
 

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Hello, i recently purchased a new, second SATA hard drive, which was a bit faster (7200RPM) than my old one, as i thought i could put the windows files on there and put it as my first boot device, to speed up window boot speed. However, after having connected the drive to the motherboard/PSU windows will not detect another drive. I have gone into the bios, and i can see 2 HDD's in there, however, i can only select ONE of them as a boot device. Im very confused and any help would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:2nd hard drive detection

You want to select the hard disk with Windows on it as the boot hard disk.

Also, is your first hard disk SATA or IDE (PATA) with a ribbon cable?

If its showing in Windows its likely the problem is a RAW partition, rather than any serious issue. Head to Start > control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management and then select the new hard disk, and "create simple Partition", tick "quick format" and then format it as NTFS.

Once formatted it should then appear in "My Computer".
 

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hey there guys, im new to the forums, hopefully your experiences can help me. Alright well my friend got a while bunch of hardware and wanted me to build his computer. everything works fine except the hard drives arent being detected. the mb is pretty much built for sata, but his dad bought ide hard drives, so we had to work with that. they are a "western digital 160gb hd and a wd 200gb hd" both ide. also he has two dvd burners. now the mother board is a asus P5WD2 Premium. i mean everything is working fine, except that the hard drives arent being detected.

there are two e-ide "ports" which in the manual it says should hold up to 4 hard drives, that i can understand but it doesnt detect the hd's so yea. there there is one "normal" ide "slot" in which the hard drives become detected, but the e-ide slots are not atapi compatible so i can not plug the hard drives in to the ide because the e-ide is not atapi compatible for the dvd burners. the hard drives can only be plugged into the e-ide slots with the existence of optical drives so....i mean i dont know what to do.

i've tried every jumper configuration...i even tried a 60 gb hard drive maybe it had something to do with the 137gb barrier......nothing......it just doesnt detect.

the specs on the comp are:
Vid Card: Geforce 7800 GT GDDR3 PCI Express 256 mb
Pentium D 3.2 ghz 840
2x Crucial Ballistix 512 Mb ram
160 gb Western Digital
200 gb Western Digital
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I am sure I should know the answer to this, but my brain doesn't seem to want to work right now.
I have just had to reformat and reload win98 on a computer but it is telling me it is only a 502Mb drive. The bios confirms that it is a 8.5Gb drive.Before the reformat it was correctly identifying the drive.
I had to fdisk before a format because the FAT seemed to be corrupted, I also had to carry out a low level format because my start up disk would not carry one out. When formatting low level it seemed to detect only 502Mb.
Any suggestions you guys??
 

Answer:Hard drive detection

Try deleting your partition again, then install win98, which should create a new partition for you.

I presume that you used the fdisk that came with 98 and enabled large disk support, but anyways I think if just delete the partition and install win98 everything should work out fine. Also make sure you autodetect your hard drive in the bios screen just to be sure it is configured correctly.

Its been some time since I last used win98, so hopefully my instructions will work fine.
 

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I recently forgot the sequence of keys used to flash the BIOS so it re-detects the hard drive installed. I believe it was Ctrl, Alt and W or W, E. Something close to that extent.

I tried searching the forums and Google and can't remember the search string i initially used since it's been years. The cables are plugged correctly. The hard drive spins and all but i get the infamous "Hit F1 to try again or F2 to enter setup" options.

Anyone know this combination of keys i am speaking of?

Answer:Hard Drive Detection

Hit F2 to enter setup...you can then verify if the drive is recognized or not. If it isn't detected, then you have a hardware issue, drive controller, cable, jumper setting (IDE), or HDD. If it is detected, then there isn't anything else to do.

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hello, i recently bought isnt being recognized by my computer, are there any programs or anything that could help?
 

Answer:hard drive detection

Not really enough information to go on. What OS are you using, the size of the hard drive, and computer specs. would be helpful. Do you have the hard drive jumpered correctly and is the BIOS set to auto detect?
 

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I am working on a P2 350 MHz/ Intel 440BX Chipset/ Award BIOS/128SDRAM/CDRW/CDROM/FLOPPY etc. Should be a simple install of Hard Drive (Maxtor 40GB) using Maxblast and Windows 98SE. What is happening is that when I connect the drive to the system - with BIOS set to Boot to a,c and Maxblast in a: the computer does the Memory Check- goes to the Detecting Primary master and hangs. F4 wont skip and it wont move forward to the a: drive so I can set up the drive.
The twist is this: I have tried the drive in another system- no problem (Its brand new) I have changed the Floppy drive on the problem system in hopes that a bad Floppy (no dice). I have placed a 6.4 GB drive in problem system- boots up like a charm. Cables arent bad (been tested) and I am running out of ideas. The Motherboard is one I am not familiar with P6B40-A4X and not made by Intel (no manufacturer name on it) so I cant even go to a site to see if I am missing something. The board is a 98 model and the only thing different in the BIOS is this:
In BIOS FEATURES SETUP there is
HARD DRISK BOOT FROM- PRI-IDE-M, PRI-IDE-S, SEC-IDE-M, SEC-IDE-S, SCSI
I chose PRI-IDE-M since that is how the drive is jumpered
BOOT SEQUENCE- I set it to a,c
Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Detection

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I recently bought a new DVD RW drive to replace my old one which had a burnt out laser. When I put in the drives I set up my secondary hard drive and my new drive as cable select and attached the master connector to the hard drive and the slave connector to the DVD. I booted the system and immediately got a boot error saying it couldn't locate either of the IDE drives. So, I spent the next hour or so trying every possible jumper combination setting and got the error no matter what upon boot. Finally I put them both back to CS and just skipped past the error because I was sick of messing with it. To my surprise, the drives showed up in My Computer and functioned but at a very very slow speed. I ran a PC Pitstop scan and it showed a drive speed of 2mb/sec which is really slow. So, clearly something isn't being detected properly. For some reason also, my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect" option to try to detect attached drives so in the BIOS it just has two unknown devices attached to the primary and slave IDE drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.... thanks !
THanks
 

Answer:Solved: IDE Hard Drive and CD drive detection issue

And the make and Model of your PC???????

my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect"Click to expand...

use "Load defaults"
 

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Hello guys.
 
I have a small issue with a drive being detected from within my PC that works from an external caddie.
 
For a few years i have had two drives inside my system. C drive and F drive. I recently removed both drives when i went off to India for a few weeks for security reasons. Today i find the F drive is not showing up. It is listed under "Show hidden hardware" in the profiles. I opened up the PC and swapped the ribbon cables around and rebooted. It started to install new hardware and stated it had installed it because i seen the name of the installed hardware (The F drive) yet it was still not listed in "My Computer" alongside the C drive. I then removed it an placed in in an external caddie and booted again. I got the same install message ( I had uninstalled the driver prior just in case) and it installed from the caddie and works.
 
I can not run it from there because i have two other drives that need to be listed for my Music Studio when it scans for files needed to open past and present work that uses files located on those drives my name. The issue can not be the cables as they both run C drive internally. 
 
I will try again later to install it from inside the PC as my main slave drive but it seems null. The issue may be software based or configuration based. But so far , i am mystified by this issue. 
 
Any ideas?
 
Thanks in advance.

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

Answer:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

Welcome to TechSpot
How are your HDs set up, C=Master and D=Slave or are you using cable-select?
If the latter, change the jumpers on the back of the HD.
Is the D-drive formatted?
 

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Hi, I've been given a couple of IDE hard drives that supposed to be OK and I can hear them winding up but sometimes the computer detects them and sometimes it doesn't. I'm connecting them via a USB and I've tried various ports but it's still iffy. I want to use them as portable back ups so I don't want to try installing them. I'm running Win 7 ultimate. Any help would be good, thanks.

Answer:External hard drive detection

Make sure the IDE drive jumpers are set to Master it wont detect the drive otherwise.

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Hi,

I am having a problem with my 20 GB Seagate hard drive. I was using this hard drive for about a couple of months when something went terribley wrong. I plugged in another hard drive to slave off of my 20GB hard drive to transfer some files on to the secondary drive when all of a sudden my 20GB Seagate hard drive wouldn't detect. I know the jumper settings are correct and everything is plugged in correctly into the hard drive. After I plugged in the other hard drive, I immediately took out the secondary one when my 20GB wasn't being detected and set the 20GB hard drive back the way it was but the 20GB hard drive would not boot at all. This is what happens.....the computer will turn on normally but will stay at the "Detecting IDE primary master..." for a long time. As a matter of fact, I left it like that for about an hour and when I came back it still had the same message, like it froze when it was trying to detect it. Normally, if a hard drive can't be detected, that message will stay on for about a minute and then tell you the drive cannot be found or detected. This is different. It stays at that screen for a LONG time and never changes. Any suggestions on what may be the problem and any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

AMD Athlon 1 GHZ
256 MB RAM
Windows 98 SE
Seagate 20GB Barracuda ATA III Model ST320414A
 

Answer:Hard drive detection problem

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My primary HDD is 200gb, plugged on SATA, working as a charm, the second drive that I just attached is giving me the problems, Its a 40gb WD disk drive, Its plugged on ATA, detected by device manager as you can see here, but with some strange problems, shown here :/, not listed here either.

Any ideas what to do?

I know that HDD has a working partition (FAT or NTFS, not completely sure) and files on it.
 

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I have just upgraded MOBO/MEMORY/CPU and kept original hard drives x 2, CDROM and AGP Card.

System will only boot maybe 1 in 10 times because it seems to have problems recognising the hard drives. I have checked cables and replaced with the cables that came with MOBO.

I have upgraded to latest BIOS.

Spec is:
Gigabyte 8S648-RZ
P4 2.53 Celeron CPU 533FSB
256MB Kingston DDR333
Hard Drives are Fujitsu MPC3084AT primary, MPG3204AT secondary.

Any ideas greatfully received.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive detection problems

Welcome to TechSpot

When you change your mobo, unless it is an exact replacement of the old one, you will have to reinstall Windows, no matter what version you have. This is because of all the different drivers for the new chipset, audio, LAN, raid, etc.
 

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Hi,
Last few days my primary hard drive has been detected intermittently by the BIOS. My machine has been running fine for a long while when all of a sudden I get this problem. I haven't changed anything in the BIOS or hardware wise. I fired my machine up a few days ago and the only drive detected was my second physical drive. I played around with unplugging and re-inserting the drive ribbon cables to both drives, and by doing this I can eventually get the BIOS to see my primary drive and boot proceeds as normal. One attempt simply involved me removing the ribbon cable from the motherboard for my second drive and the machine booted fine. Both drives are Seagate, the first drive is a few years old, the second only about a year old. I used the SeaTools drive checking facility and both drives pass all tests. There are no unusual noises coming from either drive to indicate a problem. I only seem to get this about once in about every 5 boots. Once the machine has booted into Windows (XP) I get no further indications that something is amiss. Any one else experience this...?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Intermittent Hard Drive Detection

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