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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Re: Acer Aspire 5100-3583
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?
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Opening The Case Before you open the case, turn your computer off and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. a) Gently lay down the computer on a flat surface to access the side panel of the unit. b) Push the case lock to the right and pull the side panel toward you to remove the side panel.
Now you have access to the harddrive to exchange it.
I would be concerned as well. Sounds to me like a hard drive that is about to go bad. If you can get into windows, click Start > Run > and type "CMD" to open a command prompt. After that enter CHKntfs /X C: and press enter. That should stop the startup check disk from running.
I would also recommend that you run a defrag, and also use the Western Digital DLG program, it will tell you if you have any disk errors and if you need to replace the Hard Drive. Here's the link:
any laptop Hdd will work as long as you know whether it is SATA or IDE.
The casing around the Hard drive will be different, but can easily be put onto the new drive, but be careful of static and dont drop it
I'm going to say that the drive is mislabeled. I've ran into this before with Western Digital two or three times, and quite a few times with various memory chips. Contact WD support, explain the problem, and their usually pretty good about getting the right one to you.
Hi, the problem is one hard drive ie the 1/3 one is a SATA hard drive, the other is IDE.
to set them both up you need to do this,
Connect the IDE Hard Drive using the IDE cable like before.
With the Acer Hard Drive you need a Sata cable cost about a £1 from any shop.
You connect the sata cable from the hard drive to the motherboard, but on the motherboard you are looking for a small red connection same size as the cable, SATA is on most motherboards for machines that are just over a year old.