A few weeks ago on my way home from CES I was confronted with a “Error 2100 – Hard drive initialization error” on my Lenovo X61 Tablet PC. It was not good and there was NO way to access the drive – it would not boot. There was no external access to the drive. Booting into Linux didn’t show the drive either. Nothing worked! It wasn’t too big of a deal because I do frequent backups so the only thing I lost was a few GBM e-mails because they were POP and on my drive since the last backup.
The guys at Lenovo worked with me and I was able to get a new drive… Not fun, but I was up and running in short order.
Then comes last night… I started up my computer and guess what??? Another “Error 2100” – so much for watching the Super Bowl over SlingBox… I went back to another computer and started to do some searching – I found that a little over a week ago there was a firmware update for the drives used in the x60/x61 that will solve this problem – from the fix page:
– This firmware update includes the fix for the case on a system with Microsoft Windows Vista, that the system may become to display the following error message at each power on, and then cannot boot from the hard drive. “2100: Initialization error on HDD0 (Main hard disk drive)”
Perfect I say!! I did the download, created the bootable ISO, put the drive in and PRESTO!! I am booting again!!!
Moral of the story? 1. Check the link and see if you need to do the Hard Drive firmware update 2. It’s a good example of how regular backups are not just beneficial, but critical!