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A larger capacity replacement drive for my st380020a 80gb drive

I would like to double the capacity of my hard drive and would like to know a compatiable seagate model number hard drive

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  • jlee51558 Jan 31, 2008

    Sorry, that part of the message got dropped. The replacement drive would be for my st380020a 80gb drive, it's installed in a Sony Vaio PCV-RX860 PC

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    You have not specified what size or type your current hard drive is

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Http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/desktops/internal_3.5_inch_hard_drive/

the one you would want is the ST3160023A-RK and is $69.99 new. Seagate drives are renowned for quietness, speed, a LOT of bang for your buck...good choice.

more specs on that drive:

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=Ultra_ATA_160_GB&vgnextoid=cd5cb1774aafd010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&vgnextchannel=ee9ed21c2f32b010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&reqPage=Model

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    Justin Hodorek Jan 31, 2008

    that hard drive is a 2.5 inch form factor laptop IDE hard drive - inappropriate for a desktop computer - slower and more expensive!

    the one I suggested is Ultra-ATA (which is PATA which is IDE) and fits in his Sony Vaio desktop PC.

    since the original Seagate series he has tops out with a max capacity of 80GB (his drive) and the age of his PC suggests that SATA would not be an option, a 3.5 inch internal 7200RPM 8MB buffer Ultra-ATA/IDE (they are the same thing) hard drive is a good choice.

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The IDE version of a 160gb is a:

Seagate Momentus 160GB IDE Laptop Hard Drive
Part Number: 9S1034-506
Model Number: ST9160821A
5400RPM

The SATA version is a:

Seagate Momentus 7200.2 ST9160823AS 2.5-inch 160 GB hard drive


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