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Replacement HDD for hp g60

by Netskimmer / October 26, 2010 4:58 PM PDT

My hard drive is failing and I need to replace it. Unfortunately hp's website says that the part cannot be ordered and customer service sent me to a web site to locate authorized resellers but the only one within 50 miles is Walmart. I'm not certain but walmart usually doesn't sell internal components like this. Do I need one of their HDDs or will any HDD with the same specs work?

I would also like to know if the restore CD I made upon getting the laptop will work with a new drive since all the software was preloaded onto the factory drive.

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I have the all too similar HP G62
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2010 1:25 AM PDT

I changed mine to a laptop 500GB sata 2.5 inch drive from These are FUNGIBLE items and I decline from analyzing which of the 120 models is best.

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Any will do then, thanks.
by Netskimmer / October 27, 2010 4:08 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply,

I know that in typical systems HDDs are fungible, I usually build my own rigs. I just needed a cheap workhorse laptop and it didn't seem cost effective to build one. So I haven't dealt with pre-fab systems in a long time but I do remember that they used to make it difficult to swap out certain internal components such as mobos and cpus. I was just concerned that HP may have done something underhanded (as these companies often do) and coded their BIOS to reject drives that did not come from them or something.

So any form factor 2.5" sata laptop HDD should do, I think I can analyze the potential replacement and discern which one I would prefer. You didn't say anything about needing new software so I am assuming the recovery CD will work?

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In the case of the G series.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2010 4:20 AM PDT

I have yet to hear any problems in 40 to 500GB laptop sata 2.5 inch drives. The real problems I hear of are folks the can't install the OS. It has not been a lockout issue.

As to the recovery CD, given too many variables I can't assure you it will work but it should. UNLESS you partition and format the drive before using the recovery CDs.

Also, I found the CD recovery set to not be a good option. I used the recordable DVDs because one CD it would be far too many discs.

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by Netskimmer / October 27, 2010 6:12 AM PDT

Yeah, I sometimes use CD as a catch all term, I actually used dual layer DVD-R's. I guess I'll just get a drive and see what happens. Thanks again for the help.

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