Help upgrading laptop hard drive

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Found 4th Oct 2008
Basically i was wondering if anyone could tell me what type of hard drive i need to get, as i am very confused.

I'm not entirely sure what i currently have but i think its a 40GB EIDE/ATA-100 in a dell d600 latitude. Am wanting to get an 80/100gb one.

Any suggestions as to what type i need or an example.

Cheers

6 Comments

your best bit is to check exactly what you've got.
goto control panel
then system
then hardware
then device manager

click on the disk drive section and it will give you the model no of your drive.
we can then tell you what type you need

Original Poster

Model no. is HTS548040M9AT00

ok thats a standard 40GB ide 2.5" drive

you can replace that with pretty much any 2.5" ide drive.
scan sell a 160 GB Western Digital WD1600BEVE Scorpio Blue, 2.5" IDE (PATA), 5400 rpm, 8MB Cache, 12 ms for under £40 that should do.

Original Poster

Wicked, cheers wolf.

I have a question too along the same lines, if anyone is still visiting this thread:

I have a WDC WD400VE-75HDT1 in my laptop - is that an IDE or an SATA drive ?
Thing is, I also looked at the rest of the hardware detail from Device Manager, and under
IDE/ATA/ATAPI controllers, I get this:
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
&
Primary IDE channel

So is it pretty safe to assume it's an IDE ? Silly question, perhaps, but I wanted to make absolutely sure - better safe than sorry and ending up with the hassle of returning drives.

Also, how do I tell if I have USB 2 and not 1.1 on it ?
It's a 2006 Dell bottom-of-the-range Inspiron 2200, so manufacturing time-wise it should be a USB 2, right ?
but there's no clear indication of this anywhere;
under USB, in hardware, I get:
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Universal Host Controller - 265A

and when I click to get more details, I'm none the wiser.
Any PC heads that can help ?

Shoesize;3232313

I have a question too along the same lines, if anyone is still visiting … I have a question too along the same lines, if anyone is still visiting this thread: I have a WDC WD400VE-75HDT1 in my laptop - is that an IDE or an SATA drive ?Thing is, I also looked at the rest of the hardware detail from Device Manager, and under IDE/ATA/ATAPI controllers, I get this:Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F&Primary IDE channel So is it pretty safe to assume it's an IDE ? Silly question, perhaps, but I wanted to make absolutely sure - better safe than sorry and ending up with the hassle of returning drives.Also, how do I tell if I have USB 2 and not 1.1 on it ? It's a 2006 Dell bottom-of-the-range Inspiron 2200, so manufacturing time-wise it should be a USB 2, right ? but there's no clear indication of this anywhere;under USB, in hardware, I get:Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Universal Host Controller - 265Aand when I click to get more details, I'm none the wiser. Any PC heads that can help ?



USB2 came out circa 2000 and was standard not long after so anything manufacturered in 2006, especially by a company like dell, is definitely going to be USB2. A quick test of the time it takes to transfer files to a USB key should make it obvious enough, USB1 is 20-40 times slower.

The Western Digital WD400VE appears to be an IDE drive, see ]here for example.

I wouldn't go by what controllers are listed as it's perfectly possible to have both technologies in the same system (most desktops do in fact).
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