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Hard Drive data needed

i purchased a used Sony PCG VN170 laptop which has had the hard drive removed. I have researched the internet for the correct replacement to buy for the laptop but I am getting conflicting specifications. I think it needs a ATA/100 IDE but another website showed a SATA type.

If there is anyone on this forum that has this model laptop, I will appreciate it if you will tell me the correct type hard drive to buy.

Thanks, bjh

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Sure that's the right model # ?

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In reply to: Sure that's the right model # ?

I downloaded the Users Manual from the website. The only hard drive info in it is that it came with a 30GB hard drive. Some websites show that it requires a ATA/100 IDE type and yet another site that I have trusted for laptop parts shows it to be a SATA type. I think it is the IDE type because I have a spare 80GB SATA which my husband tried to install and he said it is not the correct pin setup on the connection.

Regards, bjh

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Best way to tell is by the physical design of the drive.

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Go to WDC.COM and look at PIC of the drives...the part where the drives connect to the host system for data and power. See which one matches the drive connectors on the laptop.

Re capacity ...I'd get the largest available under 130GBs to avoid any hardware or operating system limitations.


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In reply to: Best way to tell is by the physical design of the drive.

My husband determined that the pin set up is wrong on the 80GB SATA hard drive that I have as a spare for another computer. He is a 'connector expert' having handled them in the electrical engineering dept for 26 yrs for a major airline.

I read that I should not get more than 4 Xs the GB that was originally installed on the computer. I am opting for an 80 or 120 GB HD. This isn't a 'must have/do now' project so I am prepared to wait and get it right. I have my desktop and a small take to the library laptop.

Thanks for your great input. No need to respond again.

Regards, bjh

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