Do I have to use the same Model # when replac

September 21, 2010 at 10:03:29
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I spilled water on my 2006 Dell laptop, burned up the harddrive. I know, bc a friend of my son's put his Dell hard drive in my laptop and it worked. BUT, I don't know if it was the same Model #. I have been looking to buy a hard drive on Ebay, I can find Hard drives all day, but how can I be sure it will work in my computer? Does it have to be the same Model #? If so, I'm screwed, I can't find one. I also see that there is a different interface on some of the models. I can't find that info on my hard drive. Does that matter? Does it matter how many GB or RPM I find/get? Thanks

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#1
September 21, 2010 at 10:11:55
If you'd list the make/model of your laptop, someone will point you in the right direction. I suggest you avoid eBay.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCate...


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#2
September 21, 2010 at 10:52:00
I'm sorry, It's a Dell Inspiron E1505, designed for Windows XP

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#3
September 21, 2010 at 10:52:37
How do you know the problem is with the hard drive? I would think the more likely component would be the motherboard.

How about some details on the diagnosis?


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#4
September 21, 2010 at 14:50:13
Believe or not the manufacturer of the Laptop has a Support site and has Manuals available, is that not just fine and dandy:

http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...

Regards hard drive it is either Laptop IDE or SATA, about the same size wil be AOK, but you will need the DELL XP OS and Driver CD's


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#5
September 23, 2010 at 09:52:55
Because when I turn on the computer it says Error Code 0141, Message Error 2000-0141. Msg:No drive detected. Hard drive test results: Fail. In the Preboot Assessment No diagnostic Utility Partition Identified.

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#6
September 23, 2010 at 09:57:35
yeah I went to the Dell website and they want $59 to answer my question

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#7
September 23, 2010 at 10:02:24
They want $59 to answer a question on the Dell website b/c I'm out of warranty.

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#8
September 23, 2010 at 12:53:29
The question still remains the same. If the disk controller was damaged with the spill you would get the same message.

I suggest you actually test the drive by removing it from the case and connecting it to a compatible computer for testing. The specs for that laptop indicate you have a 100GB SATA hard drive. SATA laptop and desktop drives both use the same connectors so it should be fairly simple to connect.

Does your CD/DVD drive work? Try booting to a bootable disk to see. That would indicate the disk controller is probably OK.


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