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I need to replace hard drive. On start up it says impending hard drive failure. Can I use a SATA or must it be an IDE. How big of a drive can I use? 250g? How difficult or easy is it to change?

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I went through this problem 2 years ago. At the time I could not find an adapter for a SATA nor a larger HD without for less than a new inexpensive laptop. You need to purchase an IDE USB adapter to make your HD an external drive and recover your data. I found one for $12.00. I still use it with my old drive as for backup. Next format the old drive, if you are reusing it and install the operating system. I was able to find most of the drivers at Toshiba web site. I also used the CD's that came with the laptop for the video, internet adopter and modem drivers.
Good luck.

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