The hard drive in there was a Hitachi 120 GB SATA drive, model HTS541612J9SA00, something like this:
1. Will any 2.5" SATA hard drive be compatible? Or are there different connection types or other formats/restrictions I should be aware of? I was thinking something in the 250-500 GB range, any recommendations (and again, price is a factor)?
2. There is no OS. Is booting windows to a clean hard drive a relatively simple procedure? I've read stuff about changing CD/DVD drive boot order in BIOS, but beyond that...? I'd hate to bring it into Futureshop for 175 bucks for something I might be able to do myself.
3. I had Vista home basic, but if I can get a copy of Windows 7 or XP, would it be better to go with one of those, or should I leave it as is with Vista? Would it require any kind of extra formatting or configuration to go with XP or 7, or is a blank drive a blank drive and it doesn't matter that I HAD Vista on my old drive?
Any advice would be appreciated,