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Hard drive "sticking out".


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#1 ohmama

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 02:09 PM

This is probably quite a dumb question but I've been googleing and haven't found an answer.

 

I got a laptop about a week ago from a hardware engineer. Its a Fujitsu Lifebook (2011) but has been done up to a better standard and is running Windows 10 with 8gb RAM.

 

Anyway, I noticed that the hard drive - or what I think is the hard drive - is "sticking out", as in it is screwed in but isn't resting flat. This has me worried. I carefully took it off and couldn't see why and am thinking that this is, perhaps, because it is a new hard drive and, as such, might just be slightly bigger than whatever was in there before. Everything is in its right place, I have done an error check on C:\ as well and found no issues. Also, the hard drive seems to run smoothly, no noise and the computer is fast. No issues with overheating or anything either.

 

Should I be worried? Could it get damaged/just fall out? And is there anything I can do for peace of mind?#

 

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#2 ohmama

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 02:16 PM

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

My suspicion is that your suspicion is right.

 

You can confirm it by looking up replacement drives that are "guaranteed to fit" this machine based on the specs of the original (and I mean physical size specs, not drive capacity specs).

 

Then look up the specs on the actual drive that's been installed.  I would not be at all shocked that someone threw in something that's just the slightest bit thicker than the bay was designed for that will function, and probably continue to function, but really doesn't fit like it should.


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 03:14 PM

will it be okay (for now at least)? 

 

i can't afford a new HD til payday next week and i have work to do!



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Posted 01 July 2017 - 04:04 PM

I can't answer your question because I don't know if the drive is actually fastened down under the cover such that it cannot move (in which case you could keep it forever if you can stand the bump) or if someone slapped it in, sans carrier, and hoped that the cover would not ever break and is relying on the friction/pressure of that cover to hold it in place.

 

Essentially, as long as it does stay firmly in place if it's working there's no reason to believe that it won't continue working unless exposed to abuse.


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 04:09 PM

If you purchased it from a company (i.e. hardware engineer does refurbishing as a business) rather than a private party, take it back.



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Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:59 PM

2.5" HDD come in two thicknesses - 9.5 and 12.0mm, see this article for clarification -

 

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/2.5-inch-12.5-mm-9.5-mm,review-31902.html

 

Their technical performance is pretty well interchangeable, it's just the thickness that can cause a 'fit' problem. The other two dimensions are the same.

 

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 09:50 AM

Should be pretty easy to see if the hard drive is causing that, remove the cover and take out the hard drive. Put the cover back on without the hard drive and see if it's the same. Could be that it isn't snapping all the way back on, I have experienced that before.



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 11:31 AM

2.5" HDD come in two thicknesses - 9.5 and 12.0mm, see this article for clarification -

 

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/2.5-inch-12.5-mm-9.5-mm,review-31902.html

 

Their technical performance is pretty well interchangeable, it's just the thickness that can cause a 'fit' problem. The other two dimensions are the same.

 

Chris Cosgrove

 

Actually, many of the newer slim drives are even 7mm.  But, yes, it's almost certain that the drive was replaced with one that's too thick.






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