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Dell Laptop Hard Drive Question


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carloverx

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 with this hard drive:

http://www.productsh...TA-6-Internal-/

I want to install this:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822145160


I know that the drives' "ports" (?? is that the right term??) look different.

Can someone please:
1. Explain to me the basic terms with the ports on these two different types of drives?
2. Explain to me my situation with trying to make the latter fit into my comp?

Thank you


Is it ide vs. ata? what does that mean? can/should i change my mother board?? Ugh, i'm such a n00b :)
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Ok, heres the scoop. You cannot use the SATA drive in your Laptop simply because you do not have a SATA connector. What you have is PATA instead of SATA.

Heres the differences.

http://img.hexus.net...a/Sata03_TN.jpg

The one on the left is SATA and the one on the right is PATA. There is no room in tour laptop to add a adapter to it.

The third pictures down show the difference in the drives on this website.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/9859

You can use these drives.

http://www.tigerdire...p?EdpNo=3540622

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822145176

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Thanks sooo much for the info!!

1. What would it take for my computer to accept a SATA drive? (i.e. could a mother board do it?)
2. Is it worth spending the money on this outdate type of drive? (are there any 7000+rpm options?)

Although it wasn't a good answer for my current situation, thanks again for the info!!

Edited by carloverx, 06 April 2008 - 12:26 PM.

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Unfortunately changing laptop hardware configurations is impossible to do. They are built so that they are not upgradeable. To upgrade them you buy a new laptop with the specifications to your liking. This is cheaper than trying to replace parts in the laptop.

So your only real option is to sell the laptop and buy a new laptop that meets your configuration needs.

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New board for a laptop will be more than the laptop is worth.
Seriously.
It will be cheaper to replace the laptop in full by buying a new one from Dell or whoever.
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