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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.
Above is a link for your Service manual, inside is everything you need to know to troubleshoot and repair your machine, this is the manual that us engineers use to repair these units.
This could be your HDD, failed. Work through, the troubleshooting procedures.
Anyway try this below first.
Run Acer eRecovery Management
Copy the Acer factory default backup disk Image
Create backup of the system
Create a complete backup
Creating an incremental backup
Erase a backup point
Using the option â€˜â€˜Burn Diskâ€™â€™
Burn a backup disc with the factory default settings
Burn a backup disc with the parameters of user
Copy the current system configuration to disc
Burn a disc backup software
Restore the system
Restore system to factory default settings
Restore system from backup user
Recover the system from CD / DVD
Re-install applications / drivers
Other means of System Restore
No Restore CD / eRecovery / password / ALT + F10 or F10
other laptops, Acer laptops integrate a computer management utility
called 'Acer eRecovery Management' to create backup of hard drive data,
create restore point, reinstall applications & drivers, and reset
Acer laptop to factory setting.
Step 1: Before starting your Acer laptop, ensure that there is no external storage device attached to it. Now start your laptop.
Step 2: Press 'Alt + F10' when the laptop starts booting, and wait for a moment while Windows loads the reset files.
Step 3:When 'Acer eRecovery Management' window appears, select 'Restore System from factory default' and click 'Next' to continue.
Step 4: Again click 'Next' to
reset your Acer laptop. This process will erase all data from your hard
disk and reset your Acer laptop to original factory settings.
Step 5: Click 'OK' in the notification window to begin the the resetting operation. Now wait while your Acer laptop is reset to factory settings.
Tips: You can also create a backup copy of your laptop data before factory reset. Simply click 'Backup' in 'Acer eRecovery Management' window.
According to your describe, your slow TravelMate laptop can caused by various hidden Windows errors. Those problems firstly cause your Acer slow, and then freeze up occasionally. One day crash all of a sudden! To quickly fix the problem, see resolution here: http://www.speedupacer.com/ Should help you out, good luck!
Thru the Operating System if accessable... Click on Start, Accessories, System Tools, then BackUp..If Drive wont boot, you will need to add it as a 2nd drive on another compatable Laptop or a PC that has an adapter..then copy the drive