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New Hard Drive compatibility

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by townendexile, Jul 8, 2005.

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  1. townendexile

    townendexile Thread Starter

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    Hi, I currently have a Medion PC with XP home and P4 2.40ghz processor.

    My hard drive is broken and I need a new one, which ones are compatible? any?
    The broken hard drive is a Seagate model No. ST340810A9 40GB

    Has anybody got any suggestions please?
     
  2. lotuseclat79

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    Hi townendexile,

    You did not say exactly how your hard drive is broken that leads you to conclude that you need a new one.

    You can check out the "dead hard drive" thread in this Hardware forum to see if your hard drive only has bad sectors and can be resurrected with the advice there.

    -- Tom
     
  3. townendexile

    townendexile Thread Starter

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    Hi, it will not boot, and says cannot detect any drives

    I assume I need a new one,

    thanks,
     
  4. Noyb

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    There are basically two types of HDs for desktops... ATA and the newer SATA
    I assume you have an ATA ... connected with a large ribbon cable.

    Then any ATA should be compatible. look for an ATA, 8mb, 7200rpm, any size.
    Check the Sunday sales ads, there's usually some good deals if you play the risky rebate game.
     
  5. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79

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    Before you conclude you need a new hard drive, have the hard drive taken out of you computer and try to boot it up in another known to be good system with similar components to yours. If it boots up in the other computer, the hard drive is still good.

    You may be having BIOS or motherboard problems that are causing this to happen.

    -- Tom
     
  6. !JOLT!

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    lotuseclat79

    Are you in Massachusetts or just from there??? :D
     
  7. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79

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    Hi !Jolt!,

    Yes and originally from -75.25390, 39.91541.

    -- Tom
     
  8. !JOLT!

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    Cool, from Phily Cheese steaks to Boston baked beans... (y)

    -77.96114 38.64908
     
  9. lotuseclat79

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    Yeah, I do miss those Philly cheese steaks, although I was more of a hoagie fan, but Boston baked beans served in a crock without brown bread and hot dogs just doesn't cut it. (n)

    Had my first tiramisu in Georgetown! Even got one named after me at a local Italian restaurant (-71.07014, 42.50025) after I ordered decadent rasberry sauce slathered over it - i.e. Tiramisu ala Tom! My buddies put the waitress up to it!

    -- Tom
     
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