WHICH HARD DRIVE INTERFACE IS INSTALLED IN THE 2170US?
Looked up my old hard drive a Toshiba mk4021gas thought it was a ide 2.5 ata-6 ,so I ordered a Seagate ide 2.5 ata-6 drive only to get it and find out they do not hook up the same and it won't work. Was told that if my old drive was a Sata interface it would say so on it. It doesn't. The new drive has two rows of pins, the old one has two exposed pins and a t shaped plastic hook up, the pins are inside the computer, so please what type interface do I really need? Really confused.
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Any ATA/IDE 2.5 inch hard drive will do for your laptop. Unfortunately the ATA models have been replaced with SATA hard drives, so it will be difficult to get a new hard drive. Also, expect to pay more per-gigabyte for the old ATA models in comparison to the standard SATA drives.
“No Hard Disk” error displayed on XP install (SATA drive versus ATA/IDE drive)
The two most most popular types of hard drives in personal computers are ATA (also known as IDE hard drive) and SATA hard drives. Many newer computers have SATA hard drives installed, but your computer may have either an (older design) ATA/IDE hard drive or a (newer design) SATA hard drive installed.
After removing Vista, when you reboot your computer, a “No Hard Disk” error may be displayed if your computer has a SATA drive installed. To fix the “No Hard Disk” error, you may need configure your computer’s BIOS settings so that it can recognize the SATA drive installed in you computer. Reconfiguring your BIOS is typically not required if your computer has an ATA/IDE hard drives installed.
Step 1: Activate your computer’s BIOS menu. The first or second screen your computer displays on status may display which key (or keys) you must press to activate your computer’s BIOS menu. You can also look in the index of your computer’s manual for “BIOS” or you can try passing the [Del] or [F1] key when text is first displayed after powering on your computer.
Step 2: BIOS menus vary by computer, but there are seldom more than a few menu categories. Review the “Main” and “Advanced” menu categories to locate your hard drive setting. When you locate the hard drive setting, be sure to note the original drive setting in the bios so that you can restore the original drive setting if your new configuration doesn’t work.
Step 3: Change the drive setting to “IDE,” then save the BIOS settings (usually by pressing the [F10] function key then restart your computer.
If changing your BIOS hard drive setting to IDE doesn’t work, return to step one and restore the original hard drive setting
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You should definitely try out if it fits inside the bay first. The original drive in the M55-S135 has a height of 8mm and the WD1200BEVE is 9.3mm. This is not a big difference and may pose no problem, but you would like to have all covers close properly later, I assume. Other than the slightly larger physical dimensions, the drive should be fully compatible with the laptop.
Make sure the new hard drive is using the same interface as the old drive (SATA or IDE/ATA/PATA). If you have any data you want to save, make sure you copy it to another medium (CD, DVD, flash drive, network location, another computer, etc) or you can use something like a DriveWire which will allow you to clone your existing drive onto the new (larger) hard drive before replacing it. Then just follow the upgrade instructions in your laptop manual for removing the old drive and installing the new one.
IDE is the flat 40 pin cable about 2" wide. Other than that it could be SATA, which is a small, plug. About 3/4" inch by 1.8". Take it apart and see what cable it has. Pretty much any hard drive will fit providing it has the same cable attachments.
Pretty simple. You'll just need to determine whether the system uses SATA or IDE for the hard drive interface. Many machines manufactured in the past couple of years use SATA, but any 2.5" drive will be compatible providing you have the correct interface. ATA drives for laptops are generally called PATA and if it's such an interface any ATA-6 drive will be compatible.
You might need a SATA driver for the Vista installation, so bear that in mind. You'd specify additional drivers during the setup process.