Replacin Laptop Hard Drive

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
The 4200rpm 40g hitachi dk23da hard drive in my laptophad failed.

Is this the same as2.5 inch IDE hard drive, and will a 5200 replacement drive work in the laptop?


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    by:Lee W, MVP
    RPM's don't matter for compatibility (though faster than 5400 might generate more heat than you want if the laptop wasn't designed to accomodate the 7200 RPM drives).  You really only need to be concerned with the physical drive height.  Unless you know your laptop can take a physically larger hard drive, make sure you get a drive with a height not larger than 9.5mm - the same size of the hitachi that failed.
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    Just to add to make sure, you can (if you want) copy one drive to another using a product like Norton Ghost and "image" the drive.  You may need another machine (dekstop) to copy the one drive and then write to the new one.  You may also need a small hardware converter that will allow you to connect the laptop IDE hard drives one at a time to the PC IDE interface.
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    I just swapped two drive in two laptops.  

    If the original drive is still readable, I recomend CasperXP;

    You just put the new drive in an external usb case, clone the drive, and install the drive.  Its a lot easier than having to reload windows from scratch.

    Good Luck
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    cool.. thank you!

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