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I want to replace my hard drive in my toshiba satillite A15 S1229 it has a mk3021gas hdd2181 hard drive in it that is 30 gig I want a 160 gig in it. Can you tell me what hard drive I need to buy and what I have to do to change it out and will my restore disc work for the new one Please help thank you - Jerry-

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Since the laptop is no longer even listed on the Toshiba site, you probably need a 2.5" IDE hard drive. You should be able to take it in to any reputable computer/electronics shop and they can tell you positively if it is an IDE device or not (I'd put money that it is). You should be able to use anything up to about 200GB. Anything bigger than that is dicey based on the age of the laptop (the built-in controller may not support drives larger than 200GB). And your recovery disk should not have a problem with using the larger drive although you may need to partition it yourself before running the restore disk since some of them hard-coded the partition information (which would give you a 30GB partition and the rest unused space which you could then use for a second partition with a separate drive letter than the rest of the drive)..

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