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Upgrade hard drive of 12 year old Dell Latitude

by techyguy717 / January 3, 2012 2:56 AM PST

I have been assigned to upgrade the hard drive of a Dell PP01S Latitude. The old drive is only 6 GB ATA. It has been upgraded years ago from 98 SE to run XP Pro.

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They do NOT want a new computer.
by techyguy717 / January 4, 2012 8:43 AM PST

Thanks for trying to help.

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The next time round let's hope they are as lucky.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2012 8:57 AM PST

Let's hope they are smart enough to obtain another unit and clone it now before the years pass and they can't get such things as easily or as cheap.
Bob

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This is some Pentium 3 laptop.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 3:01 AM PST

All bets are off here. I remember those days and some of those only supported a few drives.

For about 200 I picked up a refurbed Dell instead of tinkering with a friend's P2 laptop. Here's the damage:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=D630-C2D200-9R&cat=NBB

You can sell off the P3 for about 100 bucks as-is and then your total outlay would be about what the new IDE HDDs cost.
Bob

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Dell L/T
by pgc3 / January 4, 2012 2:52 AM PST

I checked out the link you sent on the L/T geez that would be the way to go, looked pretty decent, pretty good processor. That would be a way better way to go than to try to resurrect a 12 year old unit that would never fly right against any current viable software.

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The further you get away from the 3
by orlbuckeye / January 6, 2012 12:04 AM PST

year warranty expiration (the higher the price and the harder availability) of the part needed and also the price difference from buying new (lower price) or fixing the old higher price). You get more power for the money then you did 12 years ago. Example you could probably get a 1 tb drive now for less then a 30 gb drive 12 years ago.

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