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Install new hard drive IBM T41

by Biskit Bri / February 5, 2010 2:39 AM PST

Hi all!

I'm just trying to get my old T41 working again after the hard drive crashed. I've tried to return to factory contents but to no avail, the hard drive just makes a horrible sound at 32% of the install every time.

My friend gave me a new hard drive, but the pins to connect it to the laptop are completely different...can I do anything about this like buy an adapter? Or will I have to get a new one?

Model: IBM T41 type 2373
OS: None yet
Old hard drive: Hitachi HTS548040M9AT00 (40 gb)
New hard drive: Hitachi HTS54250K9SA00 (200gb)

If you need any more info, feel free to ask. Any advice would be much appreciated as I'm not too hot when it comes to computers.

Thanks in advance!

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Bad numbers?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2010 3:41 AM PST

The old drive looks like an IDE and the new SATA.

Try an IDE drive next time. Yes, ATA is AKA IDE. No need to dig in too deep here. Just hit or and look for laptop IDE drives.

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by Biskit Bri / February 5, 2010 3:58 AM PST
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Thanks very much Bob!

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 5, 2010 4:02 AM PST

Possibly, but laptops generally don't have a lot of a lot of extra room for adapters.

I'll just take a guess and say one drive is IDE, and the other is SATA, so the good news is that you didn't pay for the drive your friend gave you. Bad news is that you'll have to find and buy a 2.5" IDE drive.

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