Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:21 PM
They've got to be the same size physically (so they'll fit in the case and be able to be screwed down. The standard desktop drive is 3.5" wide, while the standard laptop drive is 2.5" wide.
They'll have to be the same interface - either IDE or SATA. The IDE drives have a (roughly) 1.5" wide cable that attaches to the drive. The SATA drive has a cable that's roughly .25" wide.
The capacity of the hard drive has to be large enough to install XP on (a 5 gB or larger will work).
And, of course, the recovery CD's. If you don't have the recovery CD's, but do have an XP installation CD - you'll have to gather the drivers for the computer before it'll be fully operational. Let us know the make and model of the system (or the make and model of the motherboard if it's custom built) and we can help you look up the proper drivers to download.
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