Identify the type of laptop hard drive this is. (ATA-6?) v.*PICS*

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  1. alex

    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    This laptop hard drive has perished. It needs to be replaced.

    Here is a closeup of the pins. On close inspection, the black part appears to be a cap....
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    ...which let them fit into the slot here inside the bay.
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    Here's the full view. Sorry for the blurriness.
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    Any ideas for what I should replace it with. Must be at least 80 GB and cheap. Should I go with Open Box/OEM deals?
     
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    Basic laptop 2.5" hdd, methinks. Get something with 16mb cache
     
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    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    OK, I took the hard drive apart and got the model number. This is a MK8025GAS

    which has the following basic stats...

    * 80GB capacity
    * Rotational speed of 4,200rpm
    * 12ms Average Seek Time
    * 8MB Buffer
    * 9.5mm High
    * 2.5" sized drive
    * ATA-6 Interface
    * Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor drive
    * 100MB/sec Transfer Rate
    * 300,000 MTTF Hours
    * One year manufacturer warranty

    Link me to a decent CHEAP replacement... I found this one on newegg for ~$75...

    Western Digital Scorpio
    WD1200BEVE
    ATA-6
    120GB
    Cache 8MB
    Average Seek Time 12ms
    Average Latency 5.5ms
    RPM 5400 RPM
     
  4. alex

    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    fuck it, i'm pulling the trigger on the western digital (link). i want to get this fixed and say goodbye to toshiba HDD's. i couldn't find any with 16mb buffers, but this one ties the toshiba with 8mb and has 5400rpm with the same power consumption.

    now i'm going to restore my data with norton ghost and i should be up and running. do i need to format it or anything or just pop it in and boot from the norton ghost CD-ROM?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    ugh dont do it. WD laptop hard drives suck.
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    GET A 7200RPM DRIVE.

    Sorry, I know it's last-minute, but 7200rpm will reduce seek times considerably, which will help when booting up and loading apps, especially games.

    EDIT: I've had good luck with Fujitsu laptop drives, but Hitachi is probably the best out there. They bought IBM's laptop hard drive business.

    ANOTHER EDIT: If your Norton Ghost CD actually lets you boot up and run Ghost (mine doesn't but it's probably older than yours), then you don't need to format or anything like that.
     
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    typical 2.5" drive in a custom enclosure

    order any new drive, swap enclosures and youre golden
     
  8. alex

    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    i went with the 5400. (as opposed to the 4800) my laptop isn't good for gaming anyway (64mb video card) and my 360 sees most of the gaming lately. also, my battery is short enough as it is.

    wd has a three year warranty so i can always swap it if it craps out on me.
     

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