Solved how to choose the correct replacment laptop hardrive

October 24, 2014 at 13:45:13
Specs: XP SP3, 1.794 GHz / 1370 GB Ram

I have a DELL Laptop that has this hard drive that I want to replace:

My question is what do I need to know when purchasing a replacement hard drive? I see SATA, SATA II and PATA on some 2.5 laptop hard drive replacement descriptions but can't seem to find any descriptions in prospect's descriptions of having a "Interface - ATA-7"

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October 24, 2014 at 15:18:49
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This is the Toshiba page(s) for your current hard drive:

and it clearly shows you have an ATA-7 compliant drive - SATA II.

This discussion is about the same model drive you have...

This link shows the differences between the drives;

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October 24, 2014 at 15:23:26
Toshiba says "The MK8037GSX incorporates the Serial ATA (SATA) II interface and is ATA-7 compliant" so it's a SATA II. Check upgrade specs for your laptop. You can probably put in a larger capacity drive if you wanted to.

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October 24, 2014 at 15:29:33
On the Toshiba page, if you click on the related items tab, you will see there are a few other sizes in that range...

I upgraded an olde Acer Aspire from 80Gig to 240Gig with no problems...

What model Dell do you have; as that "may" have an influence here in terms of increased drive capacity...?

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October 25, 2014 at 06:18:09
You have Windows XP according to your post so that the hard drive is probably in the few hundred GB. You can easily use anything from 500GB to 1TB, SATA 2 or 3 (backward compatible) in a laptop drive. You do not need one of the newer extra thin drives since they did not exist back then. You can use any quality name brand hard drive, though I prefer Western Digital. Their Black series is for better performance but the higher RPM (7200RPM) may use more battery run time so if this is an issue, their Blue series (5400RPM) drive might be better for you.
If you are planning on cloning the old drive to the new one, get yourself a SATA 2 (or 3) to USB cable or external case to make this easier for you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 4, 2014 at 15:40:20
Thanks all for responding. I so wanted to put a 1T in it but I couldn't find any SATA ii that were ATA-7. I seen one that was ATA-8, so I just bought the cheapest one on eBay.

No biggie, it will format quicker ;)

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