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04-30-2009 01:12 AM
I have been asked by a mate to install a bigger hard disk on his daughters laptop it is a Compaq NC6220 my question is firstly does the laptop have provision for a 2nd drive or does the original drive need to be replaced with the OS and Apps reinstalled? Also what type of drive is it I am guessing 2.5" SATA drive. Also is there any BIOS limitations as to what is the maximum size the HDD the BIOS will accept.
The reasons I am asking this question is his daughter needs the laptop and I cant get my hands on it until I have a drive here and can do the replacement quickly.
04-30-2009 08:48 AM
No it is ATA/IDE on the hard drive and there is only one hard drive slot. Access is easy on the bottom corner in an easily removeable caddy/sled.
It is the Intel 915GM chipset and a Dothan Centrino processor so hard drive size should not be an issue but to be 100% safe get a 120 gig or smaller drive. Personally I would not hesitate to order something over 120 gigs because I am 95% sure you will have no problem. Pay careful attention to the jumpering and jumper the new drive the same as the old if there is a jumper present.
You will need to reinstall OS and apps, but you can make that easy by using something like Ghost or Acronis, make an image of her hard drive, and then restore it to the new drive. You could be in and out of there in an hour if you are prepared in advance.
05-01-2009 06:11 AM
Thanks for that info I was thinking of putting a 500GB dribe in there as I know he will say why such a small drive. They are 2.5inch drives ofcourse. Is there any makes that these laptops dont like?
05-01-2009 10:21 AM