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Help with HP laptop HD please

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#1 Scott Kalisch

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 08:55 AM

I recently was given a HP Pavilion laptop. It was deemed no good, the screen would not come up, and was worthless.

I got the screen to come up and when it finally did, it said no operating system found.

I cleaned everything with alcohol best I could, and even took out the key pad. No luck either, i think the HD is ruined due to liquid spilage. I want to replace the HD, but can nto find a replacement.

N5415 Pavilion

Any ideas??

Soda was spilled on this kyboard etc.

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#2 sixpack6t9


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Posted 29 June 2005 - 09:11 AM

I have an HP Pavilion N3110. I had problems finding an HDD for it .(It had 4gb)
So, what worked for me, was to install a 12gb Toshiba HDD. The difference in the two was the way they plugged in. The Toshiba was "offset" by about 6 pins. So I carefully removed the bracket (that thin piece of metal that frames the HDD and has the plug on it), and took the other one off too, and switched them. It's only a few screws and some finesse. The result is what I'm using right now...an HP Pavilion laptop with a Toshiba HDD! There were no other formatting issues when I installed the software. I did remember to write the CYLinders, Heads and Sectors down, and the disk size, large block mode or not, etc... so that I could configure the new HDD.
I don't suggest this for anyone who hasn't handled hardware installations before, but it can be done, because I've done it.

Good luck! :thumbsup:
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