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    Default Help needed: laptop HDD replacement

    The hard drive on my neighbors hard drive bit the dust and I'm trying to replace it for him. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite P25-???? I don't know the exact model and neither does he. I can't find the serial number for the laptop either.

    Anyways, I know desktops in and out but have never messed with a laptop. Physically swapping the hard drives is easy but how do I know what kind of hard drive to buy? I looked at the specs for all Toshiba P25 models and the hard drives are either ATA-5 or ATA-6. How do I know which interface to purchase? Or is ATA-6 backwards compatible and I can just buy that interface? Also what company makes quality laptop HDD? I usually buy WD for my desktop builds.

    Thanks in advance.

    Here are some photos of the current drive in its bay if that helps.


    Last edited by lath19; June 8th, 2007 at 09:42 AM.

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    Take the drive out of the mounting kit, you should be able to see what kind it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cytoxan View Post
    Take the drive out of the mounting kit, you should be able to see what kind it is.


    Toshiba MK8025GAS.

    http://www.baber.com/drives/internal...5gas_specs.htm

    Looks to be ATA-6. When I purchased the new drive should I wrap it in the foil from the current drive?

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    Thatís not necessary, just mount it and try to find something fun to do while youíre waiting on the OS install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cytoxan View Post
    Thatís not necessary, just mount it and try to find something fun to do while youíre waiting on the OS install.
    Like read "War and Peace."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfiltered View Post
    Like read "War and Peace."
    Or drink.

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    Did you get that drive in ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cytoxan View Post
    Did you get that drive in ok?

    Ordered it from newegg today. I'm sure it won't be a problem but I'll post and let you know when it's done. Thanks again for the help.

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    I just did one of these today. Word of advice, make sure to have the latest available Windows disk handy. The guy who's drive I was replacing couldn't find ANY of his restore discs, so the best I could find was a Windows XP SP 1 install disc. It's amazing how many hotfixes have been done on that damn OS since then. A lot of downloading, that's for sure.

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