Question Laptop Hard drive

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by xsunnysuex, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Could anyone tell me please if this hard drive is compatible with this laptop? Thanks.

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  2. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    It should be yes but if that is an actual picture of the drive for sale then the external case is missing and the unit is unlikely to work properly.
     
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  3. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Thank you. I know nothing about these things. The hard drive has failed on the laptop I have. Thanks for your help. I don't want to waste money if it isn't going to be any good.
     
  4. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Buy an ssd if you havent bought this yet.

    Will make your laptop run a lot faster once installed.

    May be possible to recover data from the failed hard disc btw. Worth asking.
     
  5. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Thanks. Do you know how to go about finding out what one I need?
    Looking on Google it seems there are different sizes.
     
  6. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    If you a afford it buy a ssd
    £25 for 120gb
    £40 for 240gb

    Recovering data is some times possible. Its not always easy though.
    Get set up with a working disk and the post a thread.
     
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  7. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Do you have your installation media to install when you have your new disk
     
  8. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    I have a Windows 7 disc.
     
  9. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    I don't need to recover data. It's a laptop I purchased from somebody.
     
  10. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    good stuff
    I think Toshiba have a good site for drivers and stuff
     
  11. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Thank you. Is it a complicated job to install?
     
  12. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Oooh might be worth a try anyway.
    Who knows what you might find
     
  13. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Windows will detect and set up some stuff automatically. Some stuff will need you to download and install files from Toshiba.

    Shouldn't be too bad.

    Do you think you'll go for the ssd disk?
     
  14. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Quite possibly. It's an option I wasn't aware of. But I'm useless at these things. So it depends on how easy it is to install it.
     
  15. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    To actually put it into the laptop I mean.
     
  16. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    from that perspective it’s exactly the same as a regular drive.

    It’s just a LOT faster, it’ll feel like using a new pc

    Alex
     
  17. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    They do make a Reasonable difference

    But as Mr Underscore says, they are the same to install. Same screw points same cable points.
     
  18. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    This laptop was knackered when I got it. I tried to install my Windows 7. But it said it couldn't be installed on the hard drive as it was failing. So if I can even get it working, that will be a result .
     
  19. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    Do you have an installation key (funny code that is 5 groups of numbers and letters seperated by dashes) with the W7 disk? The L300D was originally shipped with Windows Vista not Windows 7 and the one on the bottom of the
    laptop probably won't work.
     
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  20. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    I have a disc that makes windows genuine. It actually has windows 7 on it now. So the person I bought it off must have installed it.
     
  21. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    It's relatively easy.

    I had a Toshiba and I think everything was fairly easy to access, but it's been a while so memory is not great.

    The best thing to do is to look up your model on YouTube using words like "beakdown" or "disassembly" or even just "replacement hard drive". Also look at iFixit website. There might be a guide there.

    The trickiest bit is making sure you don't lose all the screws/cables etc. Someitmes you have to do a fair bit of disassembly on a hard drive, just to access something like a disk. But it all goes back to get easily enough if you remember the order you took it apart etc.
     
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  22. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    OK that's good, I would be dubious about a SSD myself on a machine whose basic design is over 10 years old, Windows 7 was the first version of Windows that supported SSD drives so you have the software but you're taking a gamble on the laptop firmware being of a version that can, (toss of a coin I'm afraid)
    If the machine isn't working anyway then you might as well dismantle before buying a disk, the one inside will have a model number that you can use to find a compatible one.
    If you take it into a decent computer shop (if there is one near you) rather than one of the big chains they should be able to find you a compatible unit.
     
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  23. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación



    Looks pretty easy. Get a more techy friend with screwdrivers etc to help if you feel a bit too intimidated. Dont forget to stick on epic German music... :thumbs:
     
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  24. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Ok. I've managed to get the old hard drive out. I'm a bit worried after MickiQ kiq post that a SDD won't work. So I'm wondering if I should just get a replacement hard drive?
    If I do. Will the one below match? Mine on top.

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  25. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    Yes they're the same model
     
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  26. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Thank you.
     
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  27. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    An ssd will work fine. Kingston 240gb one is 40 quid on Amazon. Just get that itll fit most any laptop. I put an ssd into a laptop designed for Vista and it runs great.

    Only issue is for a few laptops some discs may be too chunky but for what you have that wont be an issue. Vid shows it's pretty simples.

    Dont waste your time getting another mechanical hard disc fitting that and installing windows 5 times slower.
     
  28. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Thanks. I don't really know anything about hard drives. Do I need to look for any model In particular?
     
  29. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Nah just buy one of those standard 3.5" ssds shaped the same as normal hard discs and pop it right into the slot. It'll work grand. You can easily do it yourself with some patience and youtube assistance, or get someone to give you a hand. I guarantee reinstalling windows will take at least three times as long as actually fitting the disk!;)
     
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  30. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Thanks. I managed to get the old hard drive out. And I've youtubed it. So think I might be ok. :thumbs:
     

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