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Replacing Hard Drive By Myself

by alicatfit / January 25, 2011 9:20 PM PST

My computer is out of warranty. I can't afford and WON'T pay $200-$500 to get a 2 year old computer fixed. I purchased recovery discs from the company (Toshiba) and they won't work. The error codes I'm receiving indicate - according to customer support - that there is something wrong with the hard drive. After trying the recovery discs I got a message that says

SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 4 - read on the internet that that is definitely a hard drive failure/issue.

Can I replace the hard drive myself? What part sellers do you guys recommend? Any tips I should know?

Thank you

Model: Toshiba Satellite A355D-S6922

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by Jimmy Greystone / January 25, 2011 9:31 PM PST

Sure, on most every Toshiba laptop I've ever worked on, the HDD is very easy to remove. You just need a Philips #1 screwdriver. Usually there's a removable door on the underside of the laptop. I've never worked on your specific model, so I can't tell you exactly.

But any 2.5" SATA HDD should work. There is a small possibility that yours is a PATA/IDE HDD, so it may not be a bad idea to remove the existing drive and take it to a local electronics/computer store and make sure that the "business" end looks the same. After that, you should be good to go.

If you're planning to buy online, I generally don't look any farther than NewEgg. They aren't always the cheapest, but they are a very reputable company and they don't screw around. If, for some reason, NewEgg doesn't have the part, I might try Amazon. Don't think I've ever run into a situation where one of those two doesn't have the part I'm looking for.

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by alicatfit / January 26, 2011 1:33 AM PST
In reply to: Sure

Thanks for the reply Jimmy. You said any 2.5" SATA HDD would work so does this mean I don't have to purchase the exact model number for my current hard drive? Toshiba MK3252GSX

Just to be clear - the business end means what? the look/size/number of connections(for lack of a technical term)?

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