Notebook HDD identification

Posted on 2006-10-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a IBM DMCA-21440 HDD in need of replacement. I would like it to be plug and play and cheap. Any idea what I should be looking for?
Question by:Foshon
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

btassure earned 500 total points
ID: 17834111
You can use pretty much any laptop hard drive in any laptop. And usually without voiding your warranty (though it is worth a check).

Just take off the hdd cover, unscrew and remove the original and swap in the new one.

If the old one still works you can get an IDE adapter and plug them both into a host PC and ghost the old one to the new.
LVL 88

Expert Comment

ID: 17834433
A disk as small as this must come from an ancient laptop. Old laptops often have problems recognizing drives that are bigger. Some will have problems with capacities larger than 10GB, so first check the laptop's specs. The problem is that you won't get such small disks anymore these days, except maybe 2nd hand or if you buy another old laptop. Otherwise you can just replace the disk with any 2.5" IDE HD, and they aren't expensive these days.

Even if you get a larger HD which your BIOS doesn't support, there are BIOS overlay programs which you can use so the disks will be usable anyway. But it is better not to use such software, so if you could provide us with the Laptop model and make we might be able to help more.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

The question appears often enough, how do I transfer my data from my old server to the new server while preserving file shares, share permissions, and NTFS permisions.  Here are my tips for handling such a transfer.
Article by: evilrix
Looking for a way to avoid searching through large data sets for data that doesn't exist? A Bloom Filter might be what you need. This data structure is a probabilistic filter that allows you to avoid unnecessary searches when you know the data defin…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…
Despite its rising prevalence in the business world, "the cloud" is still misunderstood. Some companies still believe common misconceptions about lack of security in cloud solutions and many misuses of cloud storage options still occur every day. …
Suggested Courses

607 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question