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#1 wkid

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 11:55 AM

Please keep it simple, because I have very little understanding of hardware specs.

I have what appears to be a hard drive failure in progress. I need to know the essential specs to use for choosing a replacement HDD. I wish to know what is important (or not), how to compare model numbers, etc. I have already begun an internet search. I am somewhat inclined to purchase the identical model as the one I will be replacing. The best information I could access for the existing hard drive is in snap shot format below.

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Thanks for your replies.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 12:47 PM

I see nothing wrong with purchasing another drive like the one you have displayed in your image above.

It is a Western Digital Caviar 150 GB 7200 RPM hard drive with an 8 Mb cache.

Western Digital does make reliable hard drives.

The drive you will need is a hard drive with SATA interface.

The drive size you choose in GigaBytes depends on what your interests are.
If you use your computer for general use, a 500 GB drive has more than enough space to satisfy your needs.
In fact you can even create other partitions on the drive to include a linux OS partition if you choose too.

Other than that there really isn't much to know or understand about purchasing another hard drive.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 01:04 PM

Thanks Bruce,

In the interim I have been searching for replacement hard drives. An exact replacement (new) ranges from $70 -> $100+. A 500GB WD caviar blue from Tiger Direct is $40. We don't need that much storage, but the price is right. My next step is to determine if it will physicallly fit in this machine: Dell inspiron 531s.

I'll continue my research ...

Thanks again,
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Edited by wkid, 23 December 2010 - 01:05 PM.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:02 PM

This is a 3.5" Western Digital Caviar 160gb internal hard drive.

3.5" is common size for desktop, HDD are made either 2.5"(laptop) or 3.5"(desktop)

Very common, to replace visit this link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

As you can see the Model is the same, WD1600AAJS

You can also visit a local best buy to pick this hard drive up.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:05 PM

I have posted questions about compatibility with both Western Digital and Tiger Direct regarding this HDD: WD5000AAKS. Because of the Christmas Holiday period, I am unsure of when I will receive a response. Where else can I find information about compatibility? I am asking because Tiger Direct is running a special on this HDD right now. Regular price is $99.99, and special price is $39.99. I do not want to miss out on the savings if this is compatible.

thanks,
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:34 PM

The HDD WD5000AAKS will work just like the WD1600AAJS would, the only difference is the amount of storage space. You will not have any problems.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:39 PM

Thanks s1lents0ul,

That's the info I needed.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:12 PM

In the screen shot that you posted above the interface says IDE not SATA.
If you can get a 500 gig for 40 bucks I would jump on it. Thats cheap!
I bought one recently for a customer and it was $59.

I typically buy Western Digital drives because of their reliability and three year warranty.
Whatever brand you chose, make sure you go to the mfgrs website and register it immediately so there is no question about warranty.

You might want to open the case before you buy anything to see if the motherboard has SATA connectors.
My supplier tells me that IDE drives are getting hard to come by.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:08 PM

Ok. Please forgive my small knowledge base here. ... There is no disrespect intended. I just want to understand.

Specs found here indicate SATA. The screenshot shows SATA with an IDE interface. What does that mean? an adapter cable or somethng? Tiger Direct and Western Digital have both told me that there are no compatibility issues.

What am I missing?

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 12:31 PM

There is no screenshot of any drive...reflected in post #9.

I believe that some (refurbed) hard drives have both interfaces, SATA connections and IDE connections. I have at least one such (I think, cannot confirm because I am not at home) which I've only used as a SATA drive and it is labeled as a SATA drive.

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Edited by hamluis, 24 December 2010 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 02:48 PM

hamluis,

My apologies ... I failed to word it properly. The screenshot is in post #1. Post #9 links to a description of the model number (identical to the present HDD in use on this machine) offered for sale.

Unless I misread the screenshot; the drive is described as SATA, and the interface is described as IDE. Is there an adapter cable being used? That is part I am questioning in light of the product description for hard drive. Am I making sense?

BTW-- My responses are somewhat delayed because of tasks I am performing in preparation for the BIG FIX.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 02:57 PM

Well...the problem is that worded explanations by 3d-party software...can be ambiguous or wrong.

As I look at Post #1, the drive is clearly a SATA drive, requiring SATA connectors for motherboard and PSU.

I can't address what is described as IDE...other than the fact that many SATA drives are configured to run in IDE mode for ease of installing XP. This does not change the fact that the drives are SATA drives and require SATA cables for connection.

The differences between running a SATA drive in IDE mode or SATA mode...generally have to do with the facility for installing XP.

My graphic reflects a SATA drive, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=22-136-075-TS&SpinSet=22-136-075-RS&ISList=22-136-075-Z01%2c22-136-075-Z02%2c22-136-075-Z03%2c22-136-075-Z04&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16822136075&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=Western%20Digital%20Caviar%20Blue%20WD1600AAJS%20160GB%207200%20RPM%20SATA%203.0Gb%2fs%203.5%22%20Internal%20Hard%20Drive%20-Bare%20Drive

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Edited by hamluis, 24 December 2010 - 03:03 PM.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 03:25 PM

In the screen shot that you posted above the interface says IDE not SATA.

I believe this is a SATA drive.

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Corrected typo.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 04:04 PM

get a Western Digital Caviar Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=caviar+black&x=0&y=0

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 04:30 PM

Wkid - before you buy another drive, isolate the sound problem you are having here
You might not need a new drive at all.
You can also run the mfgrs diags on the drive to test it
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