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Laptop computer problem

Hi I have a IBM Thinkpad 390x Laptop which has broken haed disk drive and I would like to upgrade to a larger one is this possible and how do i know how big i can go that will fit both the bay and compatible with BIOS

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Re: laptop computer problem

Here is a link that will give you all the updated bios and drivers. In this there is a link for Bios Update (Diskette), you need to follow the instructions there. The BIOS upgrade is usually these steps.

  1. Download the BIOS update to another computer
  2. Run the BIOS file you downloaded
  3. This will ask you to create a boot disk for the other machine, have a diskette ready that is compatible with your machine
  4. Insert the diskette into your computer and boot it up to the diskette.
  5. The diskette will then take over and ask you to not reboot or touch the screen as the BIOS is updated.
  6. The system will reboot, and your BIOS will be up to date.
The following links help you to know what drivers for what operating systems and components are required.

As for new parts for your computer, you can find them here. This link tells you how to update the HDD and the 9.5 mm HDDs are availble. There are 30GB or 40GB hdd.

It's possible to go higher, like night71 describes, but if you want to keep it simple, this might help.

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Re: laptop computer problem

Sorry to but in with this one. I have a 300GB drive and works great with Windows XP. I had to format it on a MAC so Windows recognized the large size. Sounds funny but if you can find a MAC, then your problem is solved.

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Re: laptop computer problem

Assuming you have Windows XP, the hard drive limit would be 137GB. You can go higher than that, but you'd probably have to upgrade your motherboard and do some registry modifications.

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