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Selecting a replacement hard drive for Dell Inspiron 8500

Hi, I have an Inspiron 8500 with an 80GB hard drive. With music, pictures, etc., the 80GB is almost full. I want to replace the hard drive with something bigger - maybe 160GB. Almost every web store I look at doesn't tell me if their hard drives will work with my laptop. How do I know which hard drive I can purchase? The few websites that show me options based upon me choosing my laptop model seem to only provide a very few options. How do I know if I can safely purcahse a drive from the multitude of WD, Seagate, Hitachi, etc. drives that I find on all the other sites? Thanks.

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Re: Selecting a replacement hard drive for Dell Inspiron...

Your new hard drive needs to be an ATA which is the same as IDE. 160gb drives run ~$60 on ebay.
The best way to install it is through an internal 2nd drive (fastest) or an external usb drive. I use Casper to do a mirror drive back up from the C drive to the new drive. After that you just need to install the new drive in your drive caddy and you are ready to go, the new drive is an exact copy but bigger. Casper is also an ideal back up utility, if your C drive packs up you always have a bootable spare ready.The first backup can take several hour depending on your second drive connection and following backups need to do only the last changes, usually a few minutes.

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Re: Selecting a replacement hard drive for Dell Inspiron...

Pull out the hard drive and look on it see if it's an ATA or SATA
the brand does not matter, just the connection type I stated.

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Also, go to DELL.COM and support, type in your tag# and look for your system specs, it will tell you there what kind ok HD it has BUT best way is to pull HD out and look at the label.

this is a very simple job to do. just take your time.

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