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I have to replace my hard drive but can't get Acer or Western Digital to help with identifying if a hard drive I seleted fits. I found a Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB Hard Drive - 7200, 8MB, SATA-300, OEM but have been unable to determine if this will work. Please advise or make a suggestion on a hard drive.

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  • wishf Nov 13, 2008

    I need to replace the hard drive on my Acer Aspire 5102 notebook. This will be the third time it has been replaced since I bought it two years ago and this time I'm replacing it myself. Which hard drive should I buy and how hard is it to replace the hard drive? My brother was telling me the original hard drives that were installed were proving to be problematic for most and typically resulted in having to chenge them out. I don't want to come across this problem again soon, so I'l like to go with another manufacturer with a strong reputation for what they make.



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You need a PATA drive, not a SATA drive. The difference is the connection. According to what I read in the manual I believe the max size hard drive is 120 gig. It comes with 80 gig.

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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?

Posted on May 31, 2008

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    Thanks for the rating. I have had the same problem with companies when I contact them. The person on the phone is usually giving you an answer that their computer gives them when they input your question. This sux because when you can you want them to know the answer. The problem is that you sometimes know more than they do. The best way to see if a hard drive works is to try one and see. I called Toshiba the other day about the same thing. They told me that the laptop could only use a 100 gig hard drive. I have a 250 gig hard drive and put it in the laptop and the BIOS could tell what size it was. This told me that it would work. Always try another hard drive and see if the BIOS recognizes it if you can. If you can't do that, then you are better to go back with one the same size as you had. Most manuals will tell you but some do not. If you know someone that has the same kind of hard drive, you can use it to do the test. Just remember, the brand usually does not matter unless someone has done something to make other brands not work. I have never seen this, but it could happen. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me. I check in at least once a day.



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