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Old 11-08-2007, 04:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which Hard drive Should I Install?

Assuming your hard drive is toast (unlikely from a simple virus), you should be able to replace it with any standard 2.5" PATA hard drive. This is probably your best bet:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148128

It's cheap (about $65 shipped), it's fast (5400RPM, 8MB cache, your old hard drive was probably 4200RPM with 2MB cache or less), it has plenty of space (80GB) and it has a 5-year warranty (best in the industry). I installed one of these in my parents laptop (going from a 40GB 4200RPM), and this (along with +1GB RAM) really gave it some new life.

You will need to salvage your drive caddy (it's attached to your existing drive via a few screws, it's like a metal adapter or cage that surrounds the drive, makes it easy to mount and unmount) and possibly the PATA adapter, if Dell uses those (it's a little adapter that plugs into the drive). Then you just connect them to your new drive, plug her in, and reinstall the operating system of your choice.
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