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Hard drive

I have an a6512p desktop (Windows Vista, 64-bit) in which the hard drive recently failed.  The specifications for the current supplied drive are as follows:  

  • Size: 500 GB
  • Interface: SATA
  • Transfer rating: 3.0 GB/sec
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
My intention is to replace the drive with a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green SATA Desktop Hard Drive or a Seagate Barracuda 1TB Drive (both at 7200 RPM).  I just wanted to make sure that these were the best options for replacement (and if there was anything I might need in addition to the provided hardware to make the installation complete).
Additionally, I was told that it should be possible to retrieve some of the data files on the failed drive.  Does anyone have any idea what I might need in the way of cables, etc. to make this happen?
Any help that anyone might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks,
Chuck Cobern
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Member Since: ‎07-17-2009
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Re: Hard drive

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Hi Chuck,


You have a couple of options to retrieve data from a possible failed hard drive.


  1. Buy an external 3.5" USB enclosure and see if the data can be accessed.
  2. Some drive manufacturers have a data recovery service.

I don't see a problem with the hard drives that you are considering as a replacement.


These HP 'how-to" articles should be helpful.

HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP Photosmart Premium C309G, HP Photosmart 6520
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Custom i7-4770k,Z-87, 8GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650,GTX 760
Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 16GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Plextor M.2 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 660TI
Windows 7/8 UEFI/Legacy mode, MBR/GPT
Honor Student
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Member Since: ‎01-12-2012
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Re: Hard drive


Thanks for the quick response, it is very much appreciated.  I was sure I could do the replacement myself (it's been awhile), but I have never tried data retrieval before.


It was either doing it on my own or Staples could do it (i.e. hard drive replacement, data retrieval, etc. for about $300.  I think I would rather do it myself.


Again my deepest thanks for your aid.


Best wishes,


Chuck Cobern

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