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SATA hard disc compatibility

I have a 250 GB, 5400 RPM SATA hard drive from a damaged Toshiba Qosmio G40-12C laptop, operating with a Core2 Duo T7500, 2048 MB + 1024 MB memory, 667 Mhz and 512 MB VRAM. My question is, can I slot this drive into any other Qosmio that is SATA? The reason I say this is because the disc drive in the old laptop is broken and I cannot use a recovery disc to access my data . So I need a computer with a functioning disk drive to recover the data from the HDD. I have already retrieved some data from it using an enclosure, but it says the C drive is damaged, so I need to use the special Spotmau software I have bought to try and get access to it. That needs a functioning disk drive
The latest model I want to buy is a Qosmio G50, which has a 320 GB HDD, but I do no know if that would be compatible with the HDD I have already. Or can any SATA HDD be fitted into any laptop that is also SATA and still function. Thanks.

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  • Jerry Haylins May 20, 2009

    Thank you for the advice Chris - I will do as you suggest and see what I can get from the enclosure and recovery software. Have a good day.



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Actually, there are two good reasons not to swap that drive into the new laptop,

First, you never want to boot from or install software to a drive you're trying to recover as everything you do to/with the drive runs the risk of causing further damage.

Second even if it weren't for the damage, you simply aren't likely to have the right drivers unless both laptops are the exact same model.

My suggestion is just get the new laptop you want, then attach the damaged drive with the enclosure to the new laptop then run your recovery software. If that doesn't work, you will likely need the help of a Pro.

Try Armor-IT Data Recovery, they are listed in the FixYa database and service clients from all over North and South America.

Hope this helps FixYa,


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