What kinda HDD is this

Hewlett-packard / Presario m2000 (pt373pa#u...
March 25, 2009 at 07:52:26
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.496 GHz / 222 MB

Apologies for my ignorance, but could someone
please tell me what kind of a HDD is this:

Picture 1: http://tinyurl.com/cknzmn
Picture 2: http://tinyurl.com/cfj6fj

Is this a 2.5" HDD or a 3.5 HDD, SATA/PATA ??

I need to upgrade my laptop (Compaq Presario
M2013AP) from this Seagate 40GB HDD to
something higher in capacity, therefore need to
know what exactly so search for on ebay and
other websites.

Please help!

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March 25, 2009 at 08:01:17
If the drive is from a laptop then it is a 2.5". From the label it shows jumper configuration settings, which indicate IDE/ATA or PATA in your question.

You need to know more than that though to be sure you are able to upgrade to a larger drive.

There are a number of factors but it all boils down to the hard drive controller on the motherboard. Most likely with a 40GB original drive you probably can't use a drive larger than 120GB due to 48 bit LBA compliance. Look at the link below for more info on what that is. I suggest you post a query on the HP site asking what is the largest drive you can install.

Be sure you have the restore disks made and available in order to get the original OS and programs installed again.


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March 27, 2009 at 03:37:01
Thanks a ton OtheHill for the reply, the link was very

I contacted HP and got to know that my laptop might not
support anything more than 80GB, 4200RPM PATA HDD.

Unfortunately, something like that costs me almost as much as
a 320GB external HDD (via USB). I need the extra space
basically to store data and accessing it later.

So, I guess I'll be looking for an external HDD now, any
suggestions on what to keep in mind before buying one
(keeping my old Compaq m2013ap in mind ?? )

Thanks again,

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March 27, 2009 at 06:46:01
I recommend buying a 3.5" with an external power adapter. These are more reliable than the smaller 2.5" self contained.

All external drives are subject to heat related failure. You need to get one that has good cooling.

As far as what type of computer you connect the external drive to that is not really a factor. If your USB connection is only USB 1.1 as opposed to USB 2.0 the transfer speed will be much slower. This will be more noticable when transfering large files.

One last thing to note. I understand your situation with a somewhat smaller internal drive. However, you should maintain at least TWO copies of any data you wish to keep. All hard drives eventually fail. If you have CD/DVD burning capability I suggest you at least burn a second copy of things like your irreplaceable photos and music you have purchased. Documents you have created, etc. You get the idea?

Do not save any files directly to to root of the external drive. Create folders and save to them. You would be better served to reformat a 320GB drive to NTFS as it is much more effeicent and secure than FAT32.

Many external drives come with preloaded software that will allow you to backup your entire internal hard ddrive, should you wish to. If you backup into a labeled folder you can periodically perform a backup and if you keep two backups you should be fairly safe. After two, you could delete older ones to free up room.

Tho only other thing I can suggest is to buy a brand name drive with a good warranty. Maintain the drive just as you should your internal drive. Periodically running defrag for instance.

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April 2, 2009 at 12:39:06
Thank you very much, Appreciate it.

Solved all my doubts :)

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April 2, 2009 at 14:52:35
You are welcome.

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