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.