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This weekend the hard disk on my Dell Inspiron 7500 failed in a major way. Wouldn't you know it, the warranty expired last month.


Now I need to purchase a replacement and get the most storage for my dollar, but I want to make sure that what I purchase will actually fit.


I have found 40 and 60 GB drives for decent prices but am unsure if the connectors are compatible. I know that laptop parts can be a bit picky.


The only specifications that Dell lists for the original 10 GB drive is that is an IDE drive, 2.5" form factor and 9.5 mm.


Is a drive a drive in the laptop world, or is there something I need to be on the lookout for? I would appreciate any help you can grant me as I need to get this fixed as soon as possible.

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Thankee, sai! I picked up a 60 GB drive (10x my original storage) at 5200 RPM and now have my wife up and running. I can't say that I wanted to spend the money at this point in time, but the upgrade is nice.


I appreciate the help, and have captured it as a learning opportunity.


Now, is there anything I can do with a broken hard drive? I assume the cost to attempt data recovery would be prohibitive, though it would be nice to get my wife's email and other documents if possible.

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Originally posted by Robot Monkey@Oct 24 2003, 07:29 AM

Did you have to do a fresh OS install on the new drive or did you use a product like this one:





I wish I could have had the option to use such a tool. The original drive crashed in a major way, so there would be no such transfer. I did a fresh OS install (finally got around to putting that extra copy of XP to use) and as of last night it's running like a dream.

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