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I have an IBM Thinkpad R52 1858 with a 40 gig HD I need to know what sort of hard drive is fitted ie IDE. SATA etc Thanks Graham

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The hard drive is an Enhanced IDE interface with Ultra-DMA transfer mode 2 that is 9.5 mm high. The Ultrabay Slim is designed for frequent drive changes.

For more specs and information, see .

I hope this helps.

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Dead hard drive, old computer.

Ok here you go.
You will need to remove the old hard drive and you can download the manual here.
The hard drive removal is on pages 64 and 65. This looks like it is easier than most to replace.

You can obtain a new drive from Tiger Direct. That is where I get most of my parts.
You only need to make sure that the drive is 2.5" and IDE.
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Looks like you can get 120GB for under $50.00
Since your system came with a 2-3 Gig hard drive you will have much more room on the new one. After it is installed you should be able to boot the recovery disks and be on your way.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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