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Compac Presario 5440

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#1 Privatepcs


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Posted 05 July 2009 - 02:03 PM


Is it easy to buy and install a new hard drive for this computer?

Thanks for your help in advance.

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:46 PM

It uses a IDE hard drive that should be pretty easy to install.

I looked up the computer using Google.
To be honest you would do better to take what would be spent for a hard drive & put it toward a newer computer .
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:51 PM

http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Compaq-Presario-5440-152507-004 AND http://www4.shopping.com/xPF-Compaq-Presario-5440-152507-004

That's a rather old system...what makes you think that the hard drive is the only item which may need to be replaced?

IMO, you would be much better off forgetting that system (regardless of the possibiliity that it needs major parts/components) and just buying a new, inexpensive computer that can do much more and has components that we know will work.


To answer your question...it's probably not as easy as I originally thought. That technology which that system embodies...has been left far behind. The most inexpensive system available today...is light years ahead of that one.

I had a similar system about 11 years ago, it was good at that time...would be terrible today. Are you planning on running Win 98 on it?

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:58 PM

There is not so much of a problem replacing the hard drive, that's easy. As noted above a system that old will have problems recognizing/using the capacity of a new hard drive. You will likely have to get into using "BIOS overlays or similar workarounds to get a newer hard drive to work, and that's a whole new problem in itself.

You can make this work, but it will be a K6II spaceheater that won't run an OS that has any support or modern drivers.

This brings back memories of going onto CompUSA and shelling out $250 for a huge 9.1gig hard drive.

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