[lug] Laptop hard drives

llornkcor ljp at llornkcor.com
Sat Nov 25 21:06:35 MST 2000

whooops, jumped the send button...

On 11/25/2000 19:57:11, Chris Riddoch spoketh thusly:
>So, just a quick question to anybody who's dealt with upgrading the
>hard drive in a laptop (Toshiba Satellite Pro 435CDS):
>The hard drive I've got is a Toshiba MK1301MAV, 1.3 gigs, "Slimline
>12mm" and 2.5 inches long.  2633c, 16h, 63s.
>A lot of the hard drives I'm finding are either slightly larger, or
>slightly smaller.  12.5 and 12.7mm are common, as is 9.5mm.  What's
>the likelihood of being screwed if I go with a slightly different

Can you set different sizes in the bios?

>The other thing, what're the chances I'll have bios issues with hard
>drives of particular sizes?  I remember the 8 gig limit for booting a
>kernel, and I'm worried about needing a bios updates.  Toshiba's
>website doesn't even *mention* my laptop, anywhere.  The only
>references I could find to my laptop anywhere are laptop sales sites.

Try here...

Theres a users guide, but you'll have to have some way of executing the windows executable to extract 
the actual guide (pdf)
and there's probably not a whole lot of bios info in there.
There's a bios setup program dated 1994....

>What's my safest bet, when looking for a hard drive to replace one
>that's going to die any week now?  (Just before finals, whee.)

well for now, you could back up to another computer if you have it networking.
but you knew that.. right?

>Chris Riddoch
>socket at peakpeak.com
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