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Largest internal laptop hard drive I can fit


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#1 Crazy49er

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 02:17 AM

I may be in need of an new hard drive in my Toshiba laptop. It came with an IDE 80gb originally with XP home on it. The bios is quite old, the laptop itself circa 2002-2003 made by Phoenix Technologies. Most likely it hasn't been re-flashed to something newer. And the restore disk for XP will have SP 1 included.

I can get my hands on new hard drive but I would like to know what my chances are of getting a 250 or 320gb drive, sticking it in and it working, realistically.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:36 AM

What model and BIOS version is it?

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:13 AM

I couldn't answer the BIOS question at the moment, I left the laptop at work running a full PC Doctor list of tests on autopilot.

But the model is a Toshiba Satellite P25-S520, Released sometime in 2003 I know the BIOS is made by phoenix, and the earliest Flash for the bios listed on the Toshiba computer specific download page is for "ACPI Flash BIOS version 1.10" I don't know if that helps. I've tried looking it up but even Toshiba doesn't seem to keep records of what it came with just a small blurb of text "Bios
ACPI, PnP, VESA, DPMS, DDC, SM BIOS, PCI BIOS support" I know by doing research this particular one pre-dates and doesn't support USB booting, I was quite saddened by that. I managed to do some digging around on the "InnTARRnetz" and found this Thread it looks like a guy with the same model tried to put a 320gb HDD in and had issues. He listed his BIOS as "Phoenix Bios v1.8" so I'll assume its close to that if not that exactly.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:28 PM

Yes, at first impression the prospects aren't looking good. Parts suppliers also only list 40, 60 & 80GB drives as compatible with that model.

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