BSOD with HD Failure is not always fatal...
Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:58 PM
Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:19 PM
Replacing the HD is not a big deal, as I've already formatted the drive and it's back to factory condition (the above functioning "nonexistent" drive notwithstanding-btw, I was making that comment in fun, not sarcasm ) . Question is, what kind of drive can I replace it with? It's a Samsung SpinPoint M60, HM 120JI, SATA 1.5 Gbps, 8 MB buffer, 5400 rpm 120 GB, 9.5 mm thick. I figured I'd have to match the RPM and buffer size and the 1.5 Gbps and also make sure its size is equal to the size of the current drive (no more than 9.5 mm thick.) But is there something else I should be wary of?
I'm relieved it's JUST the drive. I was worried something else-something irreparable and irreplaceable-was wrong.
Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:41 PM
Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:52 PM
One more question before I choose a drive...using the above parameters on this drive, where do I have wiggle room? I assume a larger (GB-wise) drive is ok if necessary (like maybe 160 versus the 120 at present) but what about buffer, read/write speed and rpm (I'm thinking rpm should remain the same...?) I want to make sure I don't get something that isn't suitable for this lap, i.e., buy one with a bigger buffer or faster read/write and find out that my MB or processor can't handle it. Considering it's 3 years old, I'm thinking that drives are probably a bit more advanced in efficiency nowadays and I might not find the same exact kind.
Course, NOW that I've looked at the link, questions are answered! DOH <facepalms>
Edited by Termie, 16 August 2009 - 07:54 PM.
Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:24 AM
I would go with the one at the top...has the most good ratings and that drive is a match for what came with the system....avoids any other complications...
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