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#1 SoCalRox

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 16:59

I have an HP DV7-2185dx (Best Buy version of the DV7-2180US) that I use for some tasks at home and as a backup machine. The hard drive has started sounding like an engine about to throw a rod, so I need to replace it. The machine remains off to prevent further damage.

 

The problem is, no matter where I look, I find different specs for the drive. Usually, it is SATA or SATA II, but I've also seen ATA-7 listed. UGH! Does anyone have any idea as to whether this is SATA, SATA II, or whatever? I don't want to disassemble the machine until I have the hard drive replacement, since I work out of town and am only home on weekends, and my wife would probably not want me leaving a disassembled notebook on the dinner table.  :)

 

Thanks!



Best Answer tsupersonic , 05 July 2014 - 17:09

SATA according to this person. You can get a SATA II drive, it's backwards compatible with SATA I

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 17:08

Unless you are doing heavy work on it, speed REALLY does not matter. What size drive do you need? 5400, I'm guessing?  Ever consider a SSD? Budget?



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Posted 05 July 2014 - 17:09   Best Answer

SATA according to this person. You can get a SATA II drive, it's backwards compatible with SATA I



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Posted 05 July 2014 - 17:11

I have an SSD I will install, but I need the space of the 500GB drive and don't wish to spend the additional money for a 512GB SSD on a machine that is not used heavily (but is important.) In this case, speed isn't critical. It has a 5400 rpm 500 GB drive now.


Thanks, TSupersonic. It's been a while since I dealt with hardware and wasn't sure, but I thought that was likely the case.



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Posted 05 July 2014 - 17:12

http://www.newegg.co...=9SIA2W01AZ5317