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Are Laptop HardDrives all the same?

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Hi Guys
I have seeked some advice in another topic to find I need to replace my hard drive in my daughters laptop as smart is telling me its bad.

My new question is this: Are all laptop hard drives the same or do I need to be carefull on the one I choose?

I will be looking for a secondhand hard drive on Ebay and dont want to go buying the wrong one.

The Laptop I have is a Ei SYSTEMS 4419 with a toshiba 40gb hard drive.
If they are all the same are there any makes better than others?

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they are rellatively all the same...all laptop hard drives are 2.5" drives....the difference is that some are SATA and some are PATA (or IDE) drives..

i personally suggest NOT getting a second hand drive from ebay...you can get rellatively cheap drives from any computer shop and you'll have alot less problems with them
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look out for size limitations too, for example some older computers will only recognize up to a certain size harddrive and no bigger, best use the size of the harddrive you have now as the guideline, another problem often the older harddrives bought new are more expensive than bigger new ones, so you are doing the right thing in buying second hand but dsenette is right go for a direct buy where possible in a second hard shop, rather than ebay, thanks

Edited by fleamailman, 04 September 2007 - 03:08 PM.

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The only other thing to be concerned with is the thickness of the drive.... If you get an older drive it MAY be to thick to fit in the hard drive. This is becoming less of a factor unless you have an ultra slim laptop but still something worth being aware of, especially when dealing with older equipment...
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