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Hitachi DK23EB-40 HDD

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop that is 5 years old and out-of-warranty now. The hard drive that came with the system (Hitachi DK23EB-40) says "Primary Hard disk drive failure" now each time I start the computer up. The drive is probably toast, but I am not having any luck at all deciphering what the proper replacement would be in this laptop. I don't necessarily need a Hitachi brand, and I have all of the specs regarding the drive- but can I just merely purchase any 2.5" hard drive on today's market, or is the 2.5 setup different than the typical 3.5" that I am used to.
I figured out how to remove the drive from the laptop and disassemble from the bracket and all...I simply would like someone that is able to steer me in the correct direction as far as replacing the faulty drive. Any suggestions or thoughts regarding specific hard drive I should purchase to replace this one?

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Basically what you have posted covers all that you need to know and do. The only issue would be the capacity in Gb of the new HD. Most currently available are far too big for your laptop. What you need to get is any 2.5" HD that is identical in size or just slightly bigger than what you used to have. Three reasons for this: 1) your motherboard may not recognize the newer/bigger HDs and therefore you would probably encounter problems even at the BIOS/CMOS stage; 2) the power requirement of the newer HDs may not be compatible with what your laptop can supply; and 3) the heat generated by newer HDs is considerably higher but your laptop was designed to accommodate older models only.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007


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