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Old 12-28-11, 01:55 PM
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Replacing a laptop's HD question...

I've replaced tons of HDs on desktops, but never on a laptop. I have an older IBM T-43 Thinkpad with a puny 40g HD. I need more room! Can I just buy any laptop HD and reinstall Windows? Or does it have to be a certain brand, etc...
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Old 12-28-11, 02:19 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

as long as it's the same physical size and connector, it should work.
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Old 12-28-11, 03:31 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

If it has SATA connectors, I'd recommend going with a SSD drive.
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Old 12-28-11, 04:05 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

40GB is probably a PATA/IDE/ATA. Not worth upgrading.
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Old 12-28-11, 05:39 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

If you Google it you'll find LOTS of very useful information. You may even find information on your specific machine. The internal CD/DVD Drive on my laptop died about 8 months ago - I stuck a 2nd HDD into that slot using an adapter which I got from newmodeus.com. I use the original HDD for keeping a mirror image of my OS and also a database (the drive is partitioned) which is often updated. I am very happy. Oh, by the way, I bought an external CD/DVD drive to replace the internal one with.
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Old 12-28-11, 06:30 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

Looks like an IDE interface NOT SATA

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/leno...-31312127.html

Couple of things to be concerned with.

The height of the drive (IIRC 9mm vs. 12mm - I THINK, its been a while) The T43 I think accepts either.

Then you need to worry about MAX capacity the IDE controller/BIOS in that thing will let you access.

80GB is safe, they originally with 80, but I THINK the 160 will be fine

http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/WD-...WES-WD1600BEVE
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Old 12-28-11, 09:35 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

I think maximum capacity for IDE 2.5" is 320GB. $115 for a 160GB? I would spend $300 on a cheap laptop and it will be much faster with more RAM and storage. Probably a better screen with higher resolution.
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Old 12-28-11, 10:29 PM
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Re: Replacing a laptop's HD question...

I've a lot success with desktop upgrades. Not so much with laptops, my experience is that 2.5" IDE hard drives are more difficult to work with though it also depends on how the drive has to be removed/installed/connected. Sata 2.5" is much easier to install/connect though.

I wouldn't bother with that upgrade. Spend it on an external drive or save up for a new laptop.
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