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Replace bad hard drive

I have a HP Pavilion tx2500z and I recently found out I had a hard drive by running the built in hard drive test in the BIOS. What I am trying to figure out is if I have to buy the replacement hard drive from HP or can I just go on newegg and buy one with similar specs?

Here are the specs for my laptop,


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But which OS?

In reply to: Replace bad hard drive

It matters as some install XP and bump into that 127GB number. Others know better about that but for most, you can go to newegg.

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Windows 7

In reply to: But which OS?

I'll be installing Windows 7 so I don't think that will be a problem. One more question though, it says that the hard drive is SATA so would I be able to buy hard drives that are SATA 3.0 Gb/s or SATA 1.5 Gb/s, or would I have to buy a hard drive that just said SATA?

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Just sata.

In reply to: Windows 7

In that case you only need to know that a SATA 3.0 drive works on a 1.5 connection and vice versa. I've yet to see any issue here.

Since it's a laptop, all we need to do is be sure it's a "laptop" drive. Most are 2.5 inches and some millimeters tall. That's about it.

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