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Acer harddrive working also in other Acer notebooks?

Hi, I have an Acer Aspire 3103 WLMi with not working motherboard. Can I buy a new Acer notbook and place the HDD in this notebook or do have other acer notbooks different HDDs? Which notebooks have the same harddrive? thanks, marc

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Buy the new notebook that you want regardless of the drive. The new one will probably be a SATA drive. If your old drive is the same kind (either SATA or IDE) as the new drive, you can swap drives. You may also want to buy a USB notebook external drive box. You will have to decide which one (SATA or IDE) you will need. Get a box to fit the unused drive. IDE drives have about 44 pins sticking out the back in two rows. SATA have two small plastic enclosed multi-connectors on the back. There is no confusion on which drive is which. The External USB unit can become you back-up drive.

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You can physically install the drive in any laptop with the same type. They will either be SATA or IDE. However unless you have a nearly identical system which is unlikely after a few months of buying it the windows installation is not likely to work.

The better solution would be to stop in at your local computer store and purchase a 2.5" drive caddy and install the HDD into the caddy. That caddy will then work as an external HDD on any computer you purchase allowing you not only to access the files on it but also to backup any new data.

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