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Hi, i have a 2.5 laptop hard drive and its bust. i want to buy a new one but the connections are different to other models. The one i have has 16 heads on! please help

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What you're seeing is the newer drive technology called SATA. IDE is probably what you had before, and the drives are not compatible. If your computer had the "old" style drive, you need to get another IDE drive to replace it. SATA has to be supported by the motherboard, and also have the correct cables and connections in order to work.

In other words, if you just bought this drive, you got the wrong one - take it back and get IDE to replace the old drive ..worst case, take the old drive to the store and show the salesperson what you need :)

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