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Generally speaking, you can replace any SATA hard drive with any other SATA hard drive. Notebook SATA drives are all the same size, basically, (2.5 inch), and desktop drives are generally the same size (3.5 inch), Desktop and notebook SATA drives will connect to the same power and interface cables, though desktop drives require more power. Just make sure that you pick a 2.5" drive for your notebook, or 3.5" drive for your desktop, and the drive will attach with no problems.
As for the size of the drive, to my knowledge, any system with SATA should support any size SATA drive (I put a 500 gig drive in my notebook, where the stock drive was 160 gig).
There is a glitch on those AV7 boards ata controler I think. Check the website for the new drivers supposedly they help, but all they did was crash my raid after I installed them. I ended up cloning the whole raid over to a single large sata drive and put in an ide to sata card (non raid unfortunately) and the problem went away. I only had the problem under very heavy disk loading. It seemed to not be quite so bad when I added some additional cooling aimed at the motherboard. As to if it will help your software problem I am unsure. However the only time mine did the mini dump was when I was doing heavy video editing work and after nixing the raid it fixed it, But then again a bad drive in a raid can cause that also.
Have you tried to enter BIOS? Are you able to enter BIOS?? There may be an option you have to hit to enable SATA, and to select the boot device order, which may be messing things up. Also, remember that STATIC ELECTRICITY is your enemy! Ground yourself when working inside the case.
Check to see if your motherboard has a sata controller on it. The user manual will tell you. You can get a new on on asus.com. If it does support it, you will need sata drivers for it which you can download from the website as well.
If it doesn't work you can add one external by picking up and external drive case for sata controllers. Then all you need is a spare USB 2.0 port. Make sure you get one with a power supply for it because at that size getting 500 gig to work will require extra power to perform properly.
What size drive is in it now? The user manual should tell you what size drive it can use. If you are not sure, the best thing to do is to go back with the same size. The brand does not matter. Is your hard drive IDE or SATA? What is the model of your laptop?
Sata drives don't have an option to be master/slave like IDE drives, b/c the Sata cable is per device. If the computer's not pulling up the sata drive, open device manager (right click my computer, properties, hardware tab, device manager) and look for a yellow question mark. You'll have to install drivers for it more than likely.