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Old 09-02-2008, 12:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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how do I check if my Bios can handle it ?
All you can do is verify that you have the latest bios version. The worse that will happen is the full capacity of the drive won't be recognized. The laptop isn't that old. So I don't foresee this happening.
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how do I check if my Bios can handle it ?
it will. I swap somebody's bad 40 gig hard drive to a 160 in a dell d610 which is almost the same thing. go to dell and update your bios if that's an issue. dell has the easiest update bios there is
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awesome thanks guys !
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I found a Hitachi 5k80

"Pulled from a working Dell Inspiron 8600. This is a Hitachi 5K80. It has all the same specs as listed above 5400rpm, 8MB cache, ATA-6, so I am not sure why the model number is slightly different. Stored in an ESD bag and packed carefully for shipping. "

should this work ? it's only 31 bucks shipped. seems like it will fit the bill
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BIOS shouldn't be a problem. Worst case scenario is that it will detect the hard drive as being smaller then it is.

My advice would to buy a NEW part. You should have one shipped to your less then $50. As a person that runs a computer shop I can tell you used parts are not worth it anymore. New ones are so cheap, why bother messing around with old crap?

I'm a fan of Western Digital, but that's just me. NewEgg.com is definitely the best place to buy any computer parts.
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the only thing is, I don't have a windows install CD.... how do I get windows back onto the new hard drive ?
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well my problem is I don't have the old harddrive. My cousin took it when he gave me the laptop...

I guess I'll just load Ubuntu onto my new harddrive... I seem to like it better than windows now anyway....even though I can't figure out how to really use it for the life of me
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I'm about to order a new harddrive, but can't figure out what format these **** things are... Is there a difference between ATA-6 and ata 100 ?? are these both IDE drives ??

Will this harddrive work ? Amazon.com: Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM 2MB CACHE IDE Bulk/OEM Hard Drive WD800BB: Electronics


Also, I would like to get some extra ram... How can I tell the max speed and capacity my laptop can take use ?
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for interfaces I see : ATA-6 , SATA 1.5 GB , and SATA 3GB I'm assuming mine uses the ATA-6 ?

can someone recomend a decent one for less than $75 ??
It is actually sata 150 MB/s and 300 MB/s, not GB. You will never achieve 150MB/s read or write speed on ANY 2.5" SATA drive (and quite possibly only on very few server SCSI 15000 rpm drivers, and only for read), so don't worry about that. Phoning Dell tech support with your service tag will be helpful as they will be able to tell you the interface you should look for.

A couple of things. I just upgraded from 5400 to 7200 rpm on my XPS and I have noticed a very significant improvement in performance, no difference in HD temps, a bit (tiny bit) more noise, and maybe 2-3% lower battery life. IMO, any computer benefits from a faster HD, especially on an OS like Windows (whatever version) which likes to pull from HD often. I listened to the suggestions from some mods here to go 7200 when replacing, and I am quite happy I did now!

On the other hand, your HD now has a plastic piece (proprietary dell) - based on my experience with my XPS - which can not be purchased on its own, but is compatible with any 2.5" HD. Make sure you put this on the new HD so that everything is flush and so that you can pull the new HD out in case of need. There is a possibility that your model doesn't have this though.

You should be able to install windows from any Win OEM installation disc and with your serial numbers on the bottom of your laptop. If you can not, I am positive Dell will send you a replacement CD with little or no cost to you.

I also suggest running from used HDs like from the plague. A great high-end 320Gb 7200rpm 2.5" laptop HD will not set you back more than 70 bucks or so.

For the WD fan, I've had two WD Scorpio's Blue die on me in this laptop. I am a fan of WD Raptors on my desktops since the first one, and I've had no problems there. In my laptops I've never been so lucky with WD so I am currently on Seagate. YMMV, so no universal truth to be said here.
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