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Hard drive apparently deceased

The HDD makes a ticking sound, the computer shuts down, and now the BIOS says "operating system not found" on startup.

I think the hard drive is dead.

I want to replace it, but I don't want to spend $$ on pro repairs. Will any IDE notebook hard drive work? Anything I should know before attempting the replacement myself?

Thanks!

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Technically any equivalent drive should work.
There are many drives available which should work in this laptop.
see http://www.dabs.com/productlist.aspx?&NavigationKey=11154&NavigationKey=394620000&CategorySelectedId=11154&PageMode=1

most laptops are 2.5 inch drives - only the height varies; rated as 1/8 height, 1/4 height or 1/2 height.

Remeber that you will need a way of re-installing your operating system once the hardware is fixed. You will need the recovery disk or original os disk provided with the laptop to make this operation go smoothly.

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