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#1 iamafreeman

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 11:30 PM

I would like to install a 500gig or 1TB HDD in my old Compaq 6710b but don't know if such a large HDD would work OK in this laptop.

 

The idea is to clone my existing 120 gig HDD as a back-up in case as I have lots of video and pictures of my grandchildren which are irreplaceable.

 

Also 120 gig is just too small these days.

 

Grateful for any advice.



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Posted 18 May 2015 - 03:55 AM

From this page it looks like your computer has a serial ATA (SATA) connection for the hard drive.  You should be able to purchase any size laptop drive that you want.

 

Depending on the age of the machine you might want to consider upgrading if the rest of the specs are similar to that machine.



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Posted 18 May 2015 - 07:12 AM

From this page it looks like your computer has a serial ATA (SATA) connection for the hard drive.  You should be able to purchase any size laptop drive that you want.

 

Depending on the age of the machine you might want to consider upgrading if the rest of the specs are similar to that machine.

Hi, Kilroy

 

Thanks for the advice that's good to know.

 

The laptop was bought from a Microsoft re-manufacturer or whatever they are called so has Windows 7 rather than Vista which is what it had previously according to the sticky label attached to it.

 

It works well but the HDD is a bit small by today's standards but I didn't know if there was some mobo or other factor that might

stop a big HDD being fitted.

 

All I need to do now I believe is buy a new HDD, a USB powered caddy and find out which software will "clone" the entire HDD including W7 so that in the event of a major fail I have a HDD fully ready to go as a spare.

 

(I  will ask for advice about cloning in another thread on the forum)

 

The difference in price between a 500gig and a 1tb is not a lot now so might go for it!!

 

Many thanks for helping me with this query. 



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Posted 29 May 2015 - 05:48 AM

Hi, guys

 

Just realised the SATA HDD I was going to buy is 7mm not 9.5mm (which the existing one is) does anyone know if that would be compatible and fit the caddy OK or should I try to buy a 9.5mm one instead.

 

thanks. 






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