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Replacing a Compaq desktop HDD

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#1 laughing_geek


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:12 PM

Hi all,
I'm trying to find a cheap solution for a HD replacement for a Compaq Presario. Years ago, Compaqs were VERY proprietary and you had to replace HDs with the exact same model (usually purchased from Compaq at a ridiculous price). Is this still true?
Thanks in advance.

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:08 PM

How new is the Compaq you're working on ?
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#3 DJBPace07


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:25 PM

I had to reinstall a hard drive on a Compaq Presario I purchased in 2000. I was able to use any off-the-shelf IDE hard drive. How old is the PC you're working on?



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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:01 PM

IIRC many moons ago HP's BIOS was on the hard drive and not a chip on the mobo
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