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Re: How to change hard drive in Toshiba Satellite...
Underneath the notbook should be a compartment to access the drive. It should be held be a couple of screws. Make sure the power is out before removing the drive. Look for one that has the same interface as you are replacing. It could drain the battery life of your notebook a little fast but if you already have a 92 gb and your doubling the size of it, it will be a slight drain to it.
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Data Link Protocol Ethernet , Fast Ethernet , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slot(s) 1.0 (total) / 1.0 (free) x PC Card - SO DIMM 200-pin , 1.0 (total) / 1.0 (free) x Memory - Type II
1.0 x Headphones - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25) ,
1.0 x Microphone - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1.0 x
Parallel - Output - RJ-11 , 1.0 x Network - Phone line - Mini-phone 3.5
mm , 1.0 x Display / video - S-video output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ,
1.0 x Modem - Input - RJ-45 , 1.0 x Display / video - VGA - 4 pin USB
Type A , 3.0 x Hi-Speed USB
Features Power-on password , Hard drive password , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Compliant Standards ACPI , Plug and Play
Power Device External
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Provided 90.0 Watt
Technology Lithium ion
Installed Qty 1.0 / 2.0 (max)
Capacity 4300.0 mAh
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
AOL , Drivers & Utilities , ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD , Norton Antivirus
2004 (3 months subscription) , Toshiba Custom Utilities , Microsoft
Office OneNote 2003 , Microsoft Works , AT&T WorldNet Service ,
Toshiba Touch and Launch , InterVideo WinDVD 4 , Toshiba Notebook
Maximizer , Toshiba Speech System , Toshiba ConfigFree , Adobe Acrobat
The specs say that you have a 60Gb. hard drive. If the unit is less than 2 years old, you should be able to install a 200-300 GB. hard drive without any issues. The older laptops have a 137 GB. limit on hard drive partition space. You still can put a larger capacity drive, but you will have to partition the drive into c: 137GB, then the second partition can be any size.
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The maximum size hard disk you can install in your Toshiba depends upon the BIOS. The BIOS can support a hard disk up to a certain capacity. Check the specification of your model Toshiba to see the maximum hard drive it can support.
An alternative -
You can use an external USB hard drive and connect it to your Toshiba and not be restricted by the BIOS. You can use USB hard drive 500 Mb to more than 1 Tb.
The other advantage of using an external USB hard drive is you do not need to install Windows, the device drivers and your programs on the new hard drive.
Yes, there is. Match the type of drive (Serial ATA or Parallel ATA) you get with what you have. Make sure your Satellite sees the drive in the BIOS. For drives larger than 120 GB, recommend operating systems Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or higher) or Vista. Older OS's have a 137 GB limitation (they only see the first 137 GB of the hard drive despite its size).