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Need a new hard drive

I need a new hard drive for my toshiba laptop Satellite m45-S165. I was told to go to to find ones for cheap, but I have no idea how to tell which one to get and one that would be compatible with my laptop. Can someone help me figure out which hard drive to buy for my laptop and would it be cheaper to do so or just to get a new laptop???

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My warranty expired a year ago. This summer my computer's CD drive just stopped wouldn't read CD's or DVD's for some reason. Then a few weeks later my internet wouldn't said it couldn't get into some sites because I needed to enable cookies, yet even when I did enable them, it still said they weren't enabled and then the cookie folder just went missing. Then a few weeks later my AIM messanger wouldn't connect for some reason. I downloaded firefox and just used that as my internet instead of internet explorer. Then about two weeks ago I went to turn on my computer and got an error message saying that windows couldn't start because some file was corrupted or that's when I decided to get help. I took it to my college's computer place and they had it for a couple days and returned it to me saying that the hard drive is dead or what not and that I needed to buy a new hard drive. So that's the background to my problem...

I don't know much about computers, but does the hard drive effect memory at all? will the hard drive you recommended above have enough memory and such to run programs quickly? I know I had more memory added to my computer over the summer, so will this still be there if I get a new hard drive?? Thanks for your help!!!

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  • ekhubbar123 Nov 19, 2008

    thanks for the analogy, i really understand it now! haha. ok, i was looking online and i'm thinking that this one hard drive may be the best value and has a lot of storage (since i store picture, itunes, documents, and all on my computer)... will this one be compatible with my laptop do you think? and if i lost my recovery disk for my laptop, what would i do to reload the stuff??


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Hi Ekhubbar,

First of all, if your laptop is still under warranty and suffering from a hardware fault, it may be worth checking with Toshiba in the first instance so see if they can replace it. If you can provide any details about why you require a new hard drive, I may be able to assist further, otherwise if you are just looking for a replacement of the same size and spec, see below.

The product spec of your system quote that the M45-S165 comes with :

"80GB (5400 RPM) Enhanced IDE (ATA-6) hard disk drive; 8.0mm height; user removable"

Doing a quick search reveals a price at around $60.00 (for a drive made by Toshiba). However if you are going for something cheap and cheerful from egg, you may want to check out the $35 drive. It is the same size in storage, and spec wise it will access your data faster.

Here is a link to the specific product in question (on

So it would be cheap to buy a seperate laptop hard drive, but do make sure that you have a professional replace it for you.

Hope this helps,

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  • David Nov 19, 2008

    Your description does sound like a failing hard drive. Seemingly random things going wrong and getting progressively worse over time.

    Your hard drive is a long term storage medium. It stores data like word documents, photo files, music files, games save files. Think of it as a cupboard that will only store a certain amount of tin cans before it gets full. Each tin can, is a file. The bigger your cupboard, the more tin cans you can store... stay with me now ... :)

    If your cupboard got really full, and you wanted to get a tin from the back, it would take you a long time to move the tins infront of it to create a passage for you to access the back most tins. Ie. Not good, and inefficent. You might consider getting a bigger cupboard so that you can get to your tins quicker.

    So yes, in a word, a bigger hard drive will improve performance. Storage performance.

    The memory of a computer is different. Memory determines how many things you can do simultaneously with your computer. Each program you run consumes memory. Programs do not consume memory when they are not running. The more you run, the more memory you will need. Lets have an example... Windows XP runs all the time on a standard computer. This program (as is it a program, just like a picture viewer, or an internet browser) consumes around 300-400Mb's of memory when 'doing nothing'.

    An internet browser, like the one you are using to view this website, can consume anything from 50Mb up to 300Mb (but there is no real upper limit).

    Increasing memory will enable your computer to run more programs simultaneously, easier and faster. This memory is called RAM. Computers these days would usually have between 1Gb - 2Gb of RAM.

    You question about whether the hard drive will have enough storage depends on how many tin cans you are going to be putting onto your computer. If you are using it to store occasional family photos, then the disk will be fine. If however, you are a photographer, and like downloading music and videos from iTunes, and do lots of work, backup all your CDs..... you might find that you will run out of storage on your hard drive, and need to purchase a bigger one. I cannot really say what capacity drive you would need, but if you tell me what you use, I could estimate a rough idea for you. Also note that 80Gb's is still very large.

    You final question, yes. Memory comes in the form of small chips that are physically inserted intothe computer and will remain there if you upgrade your hard drive as they are 2 completely seperate components of a computer system.

    You can see how much memory you have by pressing the 'windows key' and the 'pause' key on your keyboard. Storage can be viewed by double clicking on 'My Computer' and then right mouse clicking on the C drive and selecting 'properties'. There you will see a pie chart showing you the used / available storage ratio.


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    I'm not sure whether you received my last comment, or whether it was too long as I can't see it!

  • David Nov 19, 2008

    You may have noticed, I 'm sure, that if you double the storage, chances are the price will only increase by a fraction! But yes, this hard drive should be compatible with your laptop. Be sure to invetigate whether it comes with any warranty, and whether there is an option to take out an extended warranty... it might not be worth it now, but it might well save headaches 3 years down the line. Just a suggestion anyway.

    160Gb will be fine I should imagine! If a standard album takes up around 100Mb, then you'll be able to store around ... 1,500 albums :) (don't forget programs take up storage too, especially windows!)

    You might be interested to know that (well in the UK at least) you have the option to return any product bought online within a certain time limit (7 days), _regardless_ whether it works or not! It's something called the distance selling regulations. I don't know whether this happens in the US though (where you are?). Very handly thing to know for a number of reasons! Here's a link to it on the UK :

    Anyway, back to topic... ! Recovery disks can be reordered from associated suppliers of the laptop, or from the manufacturer direct. Toshiba have a handy tool on the web that you can use to locate a service center that should be able to provide you with a replacement CD (for a cost unfortunately) : You could also use that to locate someone to install the new hard drive if you're not confident about doing it yourself.

    Best of luck!



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