Hard drive

SATA and IDE laptop hard drives

Most modern laptops use 2.5″ hard drives. Older laptops use IDE hard drives, newer laptops use SATA hard drives. SATA and IDE drives are not interchangeable, they have absolutely different connectors.

If your laptop came with an IDE hard drive you cannot replace it with a SATA drive. The connector on your drive will not mach connector on the motherboard.

As you see on the pictuer above, a SATA drive has two flat connectors and an IDE drive has two rows of pins.

SATA hard drives has faster data transfer rate then IDE drivers. SATA – 150MB/s and IDE – 100/133MB/s.

Laptop hard drives spin at different speeds and most common are 4200RPM, 5400RPM, 7200RPM.
The RPM number indicates how fast the hard drive platters spin. Hard drives with high RPM number are quicker than hard drives with low RPM number because they can access data faster.

SATA connectors on a laptop hard drive are similar to SATA connectors on a destkop hard drive. You can connect a SATA  laptop hard drive to a desktop computer using same SATA cables.

WHERE HARD DRIVE IS LOCATED IN A LAPTOP.

On most laptops the hard drive can be accessed from the bottom.

Hard drive can be accessed from bottom

On some laptops the hard drive is burried inside the case and it’s necessary to disassemble the laptop in order to access and replace the hard drive.

Hard drive hidden inside laptop case

HARD DRIVE UPGRADE.

A hard drive is the slowest part in any laptop. If you would like to speed up your laptop, replace your low RPM drive with a faster one. Fast RPM drives are backward compatible with low RPM drives.

If you would like to install a larger hard drive, take a look at the user’s manual and laptop specifications. Make sure your laptop supports larger drives.

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68 comments on “Hard drive
  1. Ben says:

    I want to upgrade the hard drive. I have a 40GB drive installed. Can I upgrade it to a 100GB drive?

  2. Repair Man says:

    Ben,
    Your laptop supports a 40 GB drive, so there shouldn’t be any problem with larger hard drives too.
    I believe you can safely install 60GB, 80GB, 100GB or 120GB drives.
    If you want to use drives larger than 160GB, you should the laptop specifications. In some cases it might be necessary to update the laptop BIOS in order to support larger drives.

    Here’s something else you can do. Go to the manufacturer’s website and search for optional parts (upgrades) for your laptop model. If they list a larger drive in there, it means your laptop will support that size.

  3. tim says:

    My laptop stopped booting. I have tons of pictures and music inside. I don’t care about the laptop it’s old. Is there any way to get my stuff? Please help.

  4. Repair Man says:

    tim,

    My laptop stopped booting. I have tons of pictures and music inside. I don’t care about the laptop it’s old. Is there any way to get my stuff?

    You can do that with an external USB enclosure for laptop hard drives. Buy an enclosure for your drive. It will cost you about $10-30. Remove the hard drive from your laptop. After that you install your drive into the enclosure and connect it to another working computer. The external drive will pop up in My Computers (if there is nothing wrong with the drive).
    Now you can access the hard drive and backup all your data.

  5. tim says:

    Thank you. I have an IDE drive. Found a new enclosure for $17 and ordered it. Hopefully it will work.

  6. speedy_girl says:

    Whoo hoo!
    I replaced my old 4200 drive with a new 7200 drive.
    My laptop is waaaaay faster now!

  7. Repair Man says:

    I replaced my old 4200 drive with a new 7200 drive.
    My laptop is waaaaay faster now!

    It should be. The hard drive can access data faster now.

  8. Sam says:

    Found many cheap hard drives on eBay, all different brands.
    Toshiba, Hitachi, Western Digital, Seagate, etc… They all fit my laptop. Should I care about the brand?

  9. Repair Man says:

    Sam,

    Toshiba, Hitachi, Western Digital, Seagate, etc… They all fit my laptop. Should I care about the brand?

    I don’t think that you’ll see any difference in performance or longevity if you use either one. Just make sure to buy the correct type which is supported by your laptop.

  10. Bad drive says:

    I have a bad hard drive. As soon as I start my laptop it starts making very loud noise. I know it’s coming from the hard drive because when I remove it and start the laptop the noise disappeares. Can I repiar the hard drive or it has to be replaced?

  11. Herman says:

    You cannot repair the hard drive. When it starts making noise, it must be replaced. Back up all important files ASAP if you can.

  12. Diego says:

    I have a HP Pavillon dv6000. When I want to turn it on, it starts working, I can hear the fan and the lights come on just like normal, but after 30 sec (even before loads windows) seems like it turns off by itself and starts the process again, and again, after about 7-10 times it finally is working.
    Do you think it could be de hard drive failing? Any ideas?
    Thanks

  13. Repair Man says:

    Diego,

    but after 30 sec (even before loads windows) seems like it turns off by itself and starts the process again, and again, after about 7-10 times it finally is working.
    Do you think it could be de hard drive failing?

    Yep, could be a faulty hard drive. Does it display any error message when restarting?
    Listen closely for sounds coming from the hard drive when your laptop loading Windows. Can you hear any repetitive clicking noises or maybe unusual grinding noise? If yes, probably it’s a failing drive.

  14. Flymore says:

    Greetings….

    If anyone’s HD will no longer boot and there are valuable files to recover, like Tim here:

    My laptop stopped booting. I have tons of pictures and music inside. I
    don’t care about the laptop it’s old. Is there any way to get my stuff?
    Please help.

    ….one solution that avoids dismantling the computer is to use the Knoppix Live Linux CD link on the right of this page near the top.

    Download and burn the CD, then boot the PC with the CD in the drive. May need to tweak the BIOS setting to allow the CD to boot. Not hard.

    Inside Knoppix you will find an industrial strength Linux that allows you to copy files partitions and drives, reformat and sometimes repair partitions and drives and much more. Takes a little study, but well worth the effort. If we can do it, anyone can.

    If the PC really is scrap, try reformatting the drive after backing up your files and then install a flavour of Linux, which will usually run faster than Windows (Ours was 35% faster on critical benchmarks) and will be a safe surfing machine for the web without 3rd party add-on software.

    We did this a while back, still use our old (2001) lappies every day.

    You can try most Linux flavours as a Live CD like Knoppix.

  15. Repair Man says:

    ….one solution that avoids dismantling the computer is to use the Knoppix Live Linux CD link on the right of this page near the top.

    I agree. Knoppix is a very very useful tool. I use it all the time.

    Download and burn the CD, then boot the PC with the CD in the drive. May need to tweak the BIOS setting to allow the CD to boot.

    After you boot your computer to the desktop (looks and feels like Windows desktop by the way), the hard drive will appear on the desktop. Click on it to mount and if there if nothing wrong with the hard drive ( I mean hardware failure), you should be able to access it and find your files.
    Now plug in a USB flash drive (formatted with FAT or FAT32) and it will pop up on the desktop too. Right click on the drive and enable writing to it. Now you can transfer files from the hard drive to the USB drive.

  16. John says:

    Arg… I have an old computer… But I don’t know where the hard drive is XD so yeah… So how should i take it out without Damaging it. Also I have another hard drive from my friends laptop so how do i switch the two? ( I have a laptop)

  17. Repair Man says:

    John,
    Maybe you should mention the model of your laptop?

  18. James says:

    Hi there,

    I came across this web site and hope you might be able to help me. I have a dell inspirion 8600 laptop. Recently it started having a problem when booting. IT begins to load the windows screen and then makes a static type sound (sounds like through the speakers) and reverts to the safe boot screen. Sometimes I can boot in safe mode. I cannot typically boot in safe mode with networking though. After sitting for a month or so I was able to start it fine – normally without problems. Just this week it began to have the same noise and safe boot screen problem.

    I have windows xp, SP3. I have an IDE hard drive. Would this be a hard drive problem where I can replace the hard drive? or is is a motherboard problem? Can I replace the motherboard and upgrade to a SATA drive? Would it be a virus problem??

    Thank you!!

  19. Repair Man says:

    James,

    I have a dell inspirion 8600 laptop. Recently it started having a problem when booting. IT begins to load the windows screen and then makes a static type sound (sounds like through the speakers) and reverts to the safe boot screen. Sometimes I can boot in safe mode. I cannot typically boot in safe mode with networking though. After sitting for a month or so I was able to start it fine – normally without problems. Just this week it began to have the same noise and safe boot screen problem.

    Maybe the noise is coming from the hard drive? When a laptop starts booting and then freezes, in many cases this problem could be related to the hard drive failure.
    Test the hard drive. It’s possible that you can find the hard drive test in the BIOS menu.

    I have an IDE hard drive. Would this be a hard drive problem where I can replace the hard drive? or is is a motherboard problem?

    Here’s what you can try. Remove the hard drive and boot the laptop with a live Linux CD (I use Knoppix). Will it work properly when the hard drive is removed? Is it still freezing even without the hard drive? If not, probably you have a bad hard drive.

    Can I replace the motherboard and upgrade to a SATA drive?

    Nope, you cannot do that.

    Would it be a virus problem??

    I doubt it.

  20. James says:

    Hi Repair Man,

    For the Kpoppix Linux CD, do I download the V6.0.1 CD.iso or V6.0.1-AdrianeV1.1CD.iso?

    Once I have it on CD I can remove the hard drive, insert the CD into the CD rom, and boot the laptop? The system will read the .iso file? am I missing any steps?

    thanks.

  21. Repair Man says:

    James,

    For the Kpoppix Linux CD, do I download the V6.0.1 CD.iso or V6.0.1-AdrianeV1.1CD.iso?

    I’m not sure, both images have the same size. Go just with KNOPPIX_V6.0.1CD-2009-02-08-EN.iso

    Once I have it on CD I can remove the hard drive, insert the CD into the CD rom, and boot the laptop? The system will read the .iso file? am I missing any steps?

    Yes, you’ll have to download the ISO file and burn it as image (not data CD). Start your burning software and select burn disc image. This will make your CD bootable. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, Google “How to burn ISO file”.

    After that you should be able to boot the laptop from that bootable CD even with the hard drive removed.
    I’ve noticed that some newer laptops will not boot from Knoppix CD, but most of them do.

  22. George says:

    My laptop uses a SATA hard drive, and I was wondering if there would be any problem with plugging in an IDE hard drive in an external USB enclosure into my laptop?

  23. Repair Man says:

    George,

    My laptop uses a SATA hard drive, and I was wondering if there would be any problem with plugging in an IDE hard drive in an external USB enclosure into my laptop?

    There will be no problem. Even though the internal hard drive is a SATA drive, you still can use an IDE drive in an external enclosure. Just make sure your enclosure is made for IDE drives so the connector inside matches your hard drive.

  24. Rob says:

    I just replaced my original 80GB SATA hard drive with a new 320GB SATA hard drive. Works like a charm!
    Man, these drives are so cheap these days. I got mine for $67 and free shipping.

  25. Paul says:

    I recently bought a Western digital SATA 160gb hard drive for an HP Pavilion desktop computer – a335w. I now know that the cables were IDE type. Is there any way to adapt the SATA drive to the IDE cable? I am asking for a replacement from the eBay seller with a similar size hard drive that would be compatible with the older type of cables. Is that my only option?

  26. Repair Man says:

    Paul,

    I recently bought a Western digital SATA 160gb hard drive for an HP Pavilion desktop computer – a335w. I now know that the cables were IDE type. Is there any way to adapt the SATA drive to the IDE cable?

    Some motherboard have both types of connectors IDE and SATA. Take a closer look on the motherboard. Maybe your motherboard has SATA connectors. If that’s the case, all you have to do is buy SATA cables and connect them to your new hard drive.

  27. Rob says:

    My laptop has a 128Gb Solid State Hard Drive. It is hella fast. :)

  28. Marcus says:

    Hello, Repair man. My laptop, Toshiba. Wont start up. it freezes at the toshiba logo. and makes a staic/popping noise.

    What is the issue?

    help, please

  29. Sergio says:

    I intend to change the 100GB HD of my Toshiba M45, upgrading capacity to 250 or 320GB. Current HD has an IDE connector (but not like the photo above, more like the SATA connector although IDE for sure). Is this type of connector commonplace? Most pictures I’ve seen show IDE connectors just like the one the picture.

  30. Sergio says:

    many thanks!

  31. Jason says:

    Repair Man,

    Hi, I am trying to fix a Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301 for a friend. He found the laptop somehow and it didn’t have a hard drive or power supply. I ordered the parts from Amazon and upon trying to install the HDD found that it didn’t fit. Do you happen to know if there is a carriage for this model of laptop with an adapter cable? They are both IDE type connections but the new drive just doesn’t fit, Toshiba website doesn’t offer much useful information.

  32. Brian says:

    I have here a HP Pavilion dv6000…

    first and foremost from most of the research I have conducted I see that they are notorious for overheating and such. I came across a link to update the BIOS and I guess it is suppose to tell the fans to run more… BIOS update here …. I was wondering if anyone would take a look at this as I have never updated a BIOS and am a bit fearful of messing something up. Does this seem legitimate?

    And the other thing…

    I suppose the overheating is causing this. The RAM to having VISTA ratio is pretty bad on this persons computer. So, I was(am) going to install XP so that the resources won’t be so bogged down all the time. the only reason she uses it is ebay anyway. Regardless … when I goto the setup on bootup for XP it says that it cannot install XP because the hard drive cannot be found or read. (this disc works on all other tested computers (3) to be double sure ) So, I do a HDD test in BIOS and it says to replace hard disc. From research replacing the HDD has worked for people. So, I go a buy a new HDD for her and put it in… nothing changes. The XP install won’t continue because it says the HDD cannot be read. Now, on the original vista still loads. In fact you can spend a considerable amount of time (maybe 1 hour) before the HDD/screen freezes up. Which this seems like a bad sector or something some kind of virus or something of that nature. Yet – as I said putting a new HDD isn’t working. So, I am about to attempt to install XP on the new disc from another external computer and then put it in the laptop to see if it’ll load. Other than that I am at a stand still… could I please get some help. Thank you so much in advance

    also

    I would like to add that I’ve done the BIOS diagnostics test on both HDD. The original with Vista that will load vista but not recognize a HDD through XP boot install fails the BIOS test. The NEW that will also not recognize a HDD in Windows XP boot install PASSES the BIOS test. Maybe this will help? I reseated everything in the back that I could ( RAM/HDD )

  33. Repair Man says:

    Brian,

    I have here a HP Pavilion dv6000…

    first and foremost from most of the research I have conducted I see that they are notorious for overheating and such. I came across a link to update the BIOS and I guess it is suppose to tell the fans to run more… BIOS update here …. I was wondering if anyone would take a look at this as I have never updated a BIOS and am a bit fearful of messing something up. Does this seem legitimate?

    Why do you think your laptop overheats? Have you tried removing dust from the heat sink and cooling fan?

    I would like to add that I’ve done the BIOS diagnostics test on both HDD. The original with Vista that will load vista but not recognize a HDD through XP boot install fails the BIOS test. The NEW that will also not recognize a HDD in Windows XP boot install PASSES the BIOS test.

    If the hard drive fails internal BIOS test, most likely it has a problem and has to be replaced.
    OK, you’ve replaced the hard drive but XP doesn’t recognizes the new drive. What could be wrong? It’s possible that you have to load drivers for the new hard drive while loading XP. Isn’t your laptop designed for Vista. I’m sure if you start installing Vista, it will recognize the hard drive.
    When you are installing XP, there should be an option to load hard drive drivers. Start the installation process and look carefully at all messages at the beginning of the installation. I believe you’ll have to press F6 (could be a different F* key) to load hard drive drivers.
    You’ll have to find the driver, safe it on a floppy disc, connect the floppy drive to the laptop and load the driver while installing XP. This is my guess.
    Where to get this driver? I don’t know. Check the HP website and go through all downloads available for XP.

  34. ANDREA says:

    Hi, I have a Microstar laptop, very old, and I would like to upgrade my existing IDE hard drive MHN2200AT 20GB with a new SAMSUNG HM160HI,
    I searched a lot, till I found at the top of this page my IDE-SATA problem. Can I do any modify or is it impossible? I couldn’t find any forum about that. Thank you for your help.

    andrea . ITALY

  35. Repair Man says:

    ANDREA,

    I have a Microstar laptop, very old, and I would like to upgrade my existing IDE hard drive MHN2200AT 20GB with a new SAMSUNG HM160HI,
    I searched a lot, till I found at the top of this page my IDE-SATA problem. Can I do any modify or is it impossible? I couldn’t find any forum about that. Thank you for your help.

    You cannot modify the laptop. There is no way you can install a new SATA hard drive into your laptop. If you would like to replace or upgrade the hard drive, you’ll have to find another IDE drive.
    By the way, you said the laptop is old and had a 20GB hard drive. There is a chance that your old laptop will not support larger drives. It’s possible that the laptop can support 40-60GB drives but not 120GB drives. You’ll have to do some research.

  36. senavillw says:

    Hi, i’m using Compaq CQ35-216TU (Vista), having a problem when downgrading to XP. No option to disable native SATA in BIOS. Bluescreen problem while setup XP. How to resolve? TQ

  37. marcelle says:

    Hi! I have a Samsung MP0804H HD (80MB). It is supposed to be a ATA. The HD connection does not have 2 rows of 22 pins like the one you show (and everywhere. Mine has only one row with 22 pins plus 2 other pins separate. I want to buy an enclosure but does not know what to buy. Can someone help me?

  38. Repair Man says:

    marcelle,

    I have a Samsung MP0804H HD (80MB). It is supposed to be a ATA. The HD connection does not have 2 rows of 22 pins like the one you show (and everywhere. Mine has only one row with 22 pins plus 2 other pins separate.

    Maybe you are talking about a connector which has to be removed before you install the hard drive into the enclosure?
    Your hard drive should be a regular IDE drive.

  39. iiiiears says:

    Hello.
    I have a 5yr old laptop with an IDE drive that isn’t recognized in the BIOS. Is a pin bent an intermediate connector missing all i have at the moment is a large open slot and the bracket carrier. is the motherboard interface broken?

    I ordered a tiny thin rigid black plastic connector from Ebay but worry it isn’t what i needed and will stay wedged out of reach in the slot.

    It works okay using a linux live cd and a USB thumbdrive for stored files;-)

    @James – Disk burning software dpesn’t always offer the option to burn an *image* to disk but that is what you want to do. It sounds like the FILE was saved to disk. An image can be read by hardware and is bootable.
    Windows Powertoys for XP ISO Image Burner Free (Microsoft) was retired so. i have been using ISO Recorder v 2 Free/Donationware.

    Great site and an informative discussion i really appreciate it.

  40. jinhua says:

    Hi Rapair Man,
    My laptop can not start becuase there maybe something wrong with the integrated graphics or the screem. I have give up to change a motherboard, but to buy a new laptop.
    the problem is that my data is still in the hard disc. that is a SATA

  41. jinhua says:

    Hi Repair man,
    My laptop can not boot anymore.the sound was ” dee~~~~dee~dee~” one long and two shorts when started. We don’t think we will reuse it cause it was old. but there are many data inside it.
    I opened it, wanted to take out the hard disc. i just know it is a SATA connecter through the pictures from net. i want to buy a laptop hard driver box to copy the data out. I wander that is the laptop SATA hard driver box suit for all kinds of SATA-hard disc?
    Thank you.

  42. Repair Man says:

    jinhua,

    My laptop can not start becuase there maybe something wrong with the integrated graphics or the screem. I have give up to change a motherboard, but to buy a new laptop.
    the problem is that my data is still in the hard disc. that is a SATA

    You can remove the hard drive from the failed laptop and install it into an external USB enclosure (about $15-20). After that you connect this enclosure to another working PC or laptop and access your data.

  43. Repair Man says:

    jinhua,

    My laptop can not boot anymore.the sound was ” dee~~~~dee~dee~” one long and two shorts when started.

    This could be memory failure. If you have two memory modules installed, you can try removing them one by one and try turning on the laptop with each module separately.

    I opened it, wanted to take out the hard disc. i just know it is a SATA connecter through the pictures from net. i want to buy a laptop hard driver box to copy the data out. I wander that is the laptop SATA hard driver box suit for all kinds of SATA-hard disc?

    You need an external USB enclosure for notebook hard drives (2.5″ hard drives, not 3.5″).

  44. mal b says:

    i have an HP Compaq Presario CQ60-111EM. which wont boot up i do the start up test and memory is fine primary hard disc test says hash 10008-replace hard disc smart hard disc passed i did not get back up discs for windows vista my question is if i replace the hard drive is win vista embedded on the motherboard or can i download vista from microsoft and use my existing product key thanks repair man

  45. Repair Man says:

    mal b,

    my question is if i replace the hard drive is win vista embedded on the motherboard or can i download vista from microsoft and use my existing product key

    Windows Vista is not embedded into the motherboard, you’ll have to reinstall it after replacing the hard drive.
    You cannot download Windows Vista from Microsoft, but you can find it on P2P network (use torrents).
    After you download the correct version of Windows Vista, you should be able to use installation key from the license sticker on the bottom of the laptop.
    After installing Vista, activate it online. It’s possible you’ll get an error message that your key is invalid, just type it again and try activating again. It should work.

  46. Evi says:

    I have a question. Hard drives are very fragile, which is common knowledge, but just out of curiosity: why? What is inside it that makes it so fragile that you should only handle it by the sides? I had to have mine replaced previously because I… “accidentally” smacked my laptop during an infuriating game (I know, it was stupid). I think I’ll go take apart my old hard drive… Any harmful chemicals I should worry about?

    Loving the site :)
    Thanks

  47. Repair Man says:

    Evi,

    Hard drives are very fragile, which is common knowledge, but just out of curiosity: why? What is inside it that makes it so fragile that you should only handle it by the sides?

    Hard drive platters spin at very high RPM (4200, 5400, 7200, or even 10K or 15K).
    Hard drive inside.

    The head arm moving all the time positioning the read/write head on the right spot with data.
    If you hit or drop the hard drive, the head crash will occur.

  48. Evi says:

    Oh, wow. Thanks for the answer. I haven’t come across a broken or worthless hard drive to take apart yet. :)

  49. hardik says:

    i have compaq presario c95tu ,it is made for wind ows vista but can install xp in it

  50. neo says:

    thanks man thats really helpful!

  51. Matt E. says:

    Hello Repair Man. My hard disk has a mechanical failure.Has a clicking sound when trying to power up. I was wondering if it would be possible to have the platters switched into an operating hd to be able to recover the data?

    thanks for your time

  52. Repair Man says:

    Matt E.,

    My hard disk has a mechanical failure.Has a clicking sound when trying to power up. I was wondering if it would be possible to have the platters switched into an operating hd to be able to recover the data?

    You cannot do it at home. If data very important, you should send your hard drive to clean room recovery. Try Drive Savers.

  53. Repair Man says:

    hardik,

    i have compaq presario c95tu ,it is made for wind ows vista but can install xp in it

    Is it question or statement?

  54. Phil says:

    I have a DEll c640 and was fitting a new hard drive. The connector on the motherboard was very poorly soldered and no reinforcments to hold it in place so it came away from the motherboard. How practical is it to try and resolder or should I just go for a new motherboard?

  55. Repair Man says:

    Phil,

    The connector on the motherboard was very poorly soldered and no reinforcments to hold it in place so it came away from the motherboard. How practical is it to try and resolder or should I just go for a new motherboard?

    Do you have enough skills to solder the connector back to the motherboard? If yes, try it. You have nothing to lose anyway.

  56. maria says:

    i formated my system {laptop} and ever since then i’ve been having problems installing an operating system [windows xp]. it keeps on skipping some files and at the end it just shows me a 00000000 error when i retart it. please what could be the problem as i am highly worried

  57. Repair Man says:

    maria,

    i formated my system {laptop} and ever since then i’ve been having problems installing an operating system [windows xp]. it keeps on skipping some files and at the end it just shows me a 00000000 error when i retart it. please what could be the problem as i am highly worried

    Make sure the installation CD is clean. Also, clean the optical drive lens with 99% alcohol. Open up the DVD drive and clean the lens with cotton swab. Try installing Windows XP again.
    If it doesn’t work, test your hard drive. You can download SeaTools utility from Seagate and run it on your laptop. This tool works fine with many laptop hard drives. If the hard drive fails test, replace the drive.

  58. amilo si2636 says:

    Hi,

    I am replacing the hdd in my amilo si2636. To take it out I have to pull it out from the side of the laptop using a plastic sticker stuck to the hdd, like that in the 2nd picture at the top on this site. When I put in my new hdd I want to put on a sticker like that as well so I can take it out if I have any problems but I can not find a sticker like that any where and I also do not know what they are called. please help.

  59. Hazzyzat says:

    This is really nice. Really appreciate your time.

  60. Jim says:

    I need to trasfer data from MP0804H laptop hard drive to my desk top using the hard drive adopter, but i can’t find the pin 1 on the hard drive. Please help!

  61. Repair Man says:

    @ Jim,

    I need to trasfer data from MP0804H laptop hard drive to my desk top using the hard drive adopter, but i can’t find the pin 1 on the hard drive.

    You can buy an external USB enclosure for your hard drive. Install the drive into the enclosure and connect it to any other working PC or laptop via USB port.

  62. Kiran says:

    Hello sir
    I have an HP I3 processor – Intelcore 370M G62 model with
    windows 7 bought recently 6 months back. It is making big noise and the temparature is increasing upto 90 degrees and switch off automatically.
    I request your suggestion to rectify my problem and I would like to know the simple methods to avoid heating and noise along with causes for the same.
    Thanks
    Kiran

  63. Repair Man says:

    @ Kiran,

    I have an HP I3 processor – Intelcore 370M G62 model with
    windows 7 bought recently 6 months back. It is making big noise and the temparature is increasing upto 90 degrees and switch off automatically.
    I request your suggestion to rectify my problem and I would like to know the simple methods to avoid heating and noise along with causes for the same.

    It’s possible this is fan related problem. Probably the fan is failing and the system overheats. I’m afraid you’ll have to replace the fan.
    Is your laptop still covered by the warranty. If it is, don’t fix the laptop yourself. Take it to the repair center and they will replace the fan.

  64. gclintgee says:

    Is their an adapter that can use to convert SATA hd to ide on motherboards that do not have SATA plugs.

  65. francis says:

    my laptop windows cannot be open. it says “error loading operating system. and also cannot boot… ..–thanks

  66. Steven Looney says:

    I have a laptop that my brother in law got at work. they took the hard drive out of it. If I turn it on should I get anything on the screen? I was wondering if I should buy a hard drive to put in it. If there is something else wrong with it I won’t bother.

  67. Dean says:

    Hi Repairman.

    I have a fairly old laptop with a 80Gb SATA hard drive.

    I upgraded the ram recently but the speed is still not acceptable.

    I ‘cleaned’ the hard drive but still the computer is slow.
    Do you think a Hard drive upgrade could solve the problem?

    Would it be possible to upgrade from 80gb to 320gb and increase the speed from 5400rpm to 7200rpm?

  68. Repair Man says:

    @ Dean,

    Would it be possible to upgrade from 80gb to 320gb and increase the speed from 5400rpm to 7200rpm?

    Yes, it should be possible to upgrade from 80GB to a 320GB 7200RPM HDD.
    You can even upgrade to SSD which is faster.

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