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Old 07 August 2011, 04:58   #1
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Laptop hard drive type?

I'm going to buy a new laptop shortly but as there is nothing wrong with the old one I want to get a bigger HD to put in it and reinstall everything onto that as it's starting to chug a bit (usual Windows congestion!) and only has a 40GB drive in which is almost full.

It's a Toshiba Equium L10-200 I bought in 2005. Control panel says the HD controller is an "Intel 82801DBM Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CA"

Does it need an ATA drive or a SATA drive or what else would I need to know to get the right one? I think it's probably the older ATA sort but can't find anything definitive online to be 100% sure and I won't be doing the upgrade till I get back home.
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You should be able to tell from the origional drive. If its a SATA then you will need the same type but bigger. like wise for a ATA.

but from the teck spec looks like a IDE
Dont know if this is the same model as yours

Toshiba Satellite Pro L10 : Read product information and read reviews

Type IDE, Serial ATA / IDE
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

Best bet is to get the drive model number and type. i
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Old 07 August 2011, 06:35   #3
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Almost certainly an IDE drive - get the model number from the device manager display and see - also check these specs:

Toshiba PSL17E-006001EN Equium L10-200 - notebooks | Icecat.biz

Just bear in mind the laptop is 6 years old and the cost & hassle of upgrading disk (probably needs more ram as well) etc is a good proportion of a new laptop! They are dirt cheap these days. Good money after bad and all that.......
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you're not wrong P-D!

Stephen - say bye-bye to that thing! Or wipe the disk and reinstall, but use a portable drive for those extra files (at least you will be able to access them on any PC). You might be better putting the money into a centralised storage system for the house (networked WiFi HD)

Seriously, as soon as you upgrade the disk (and RAM), the screen will fail, or the battery...
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you're not wrong P-D!

Stephen - say bye-bye to that thing! Or wipe the disk and reinstall, but use a portable drive for those extra files (at least you will be able to access them on any PC). You might be better putting the money into a centralised storage system for the house (networked WiFi HD)

Seriously, as soon as you upgrade the disk (and RAM), the screen will fail, or the battery...
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I am going to get a new laptop shortly (probably a Toshiba R830-143 if I can bloody find one anywhere... rocking horse poo ) but as there is nothing wrong with this one that a reinstall won't cure, it is being retired to being a "spare", hold backup copies of my expanding photo collection and also act as my Evinrude diagnostic computer

I don't have any tools with me on holiday so dismantling the old one for a look isn't an option at the moment, I was basically going to buy the cheapest 2.5" HD that would fit in the computer (about 30 ish) and reinstall XP onto that when I get home. Toshiba laptops generally last for ever anyway so no major concerns on reliability.

Ta - think I will leave it till I get home and pull it apart to check then to be sure. Device Manager says it's a Toshiba MK4025GAS which does look like an IDE drive.
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OK a bit of research and ingenuity discovered where they hid the drive on the laptop and got it out with nothing more than a pointy knife (which may not be quite as pointy as it was but that's another problem)

The drive is a Tosh drive as above and has 2 rows of pins on the connector, a group of 2 pairs, a gap, and a group of 22 pairs, like this (tech drawing coming up)

:: ::::::::::::::::::::::


Is this definitely an old type IDE? If so I think this should fit?

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...ov-nbhd16.html

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Oh I read it alright. I stand by my post. My own take is that the only upgrade worth while on a laptop is RAM. Seriously, leave the poor auld baste alone and go for the extra shared storage.

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