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Old 10-31-2008, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My work is having a computer auction and they are selling some laptops cheap. Will my HD out of a 5 year old Toshiba fit in a HP-Compaq?

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Old 10-31-2008, 08:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on the interface. Have to check if it is IDE or SATA.

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Windows won't work straight from the old harddrive unless your very lucky if thats what your planning to do. You will probably need to get all you data off via a ide/sata to usb converter and copy tor burn some dvds. Then reinstall windows then put all your data back
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I don't have anything important saved on the laptop HD, and i'm assuming my work will have the reboot disks. Am i missing something?
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Are the HP-Compaq computers newer then the Toshiba? The Toshiba most likely has a slower 4200 rpm drive. I wouldn't see the point of putting a slower, lower capacity drive into a newer computer. If the computers on auction have had their hard drives pulled it would be better to put in a new 5400 rpm hard drive. 2.5" drives are dirt cheap now. I just got a new 320gb drive for $50 after rebate.
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