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Topic # 64810 23-Jul-2010 10:43
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Hi There

I have a NC8430... It was working good recently until the laptop dropped off the desk :(

Now the HDD is making a clicking noise.... and would start to start up windows and then give an error and restart the pc..

Tried another HDD and its working fine... So i know its the Hardrive..

The question is...
On the HP site
It says it can only use "Up to 120-GB 5400 rpm"

Is it really only limited to 120gb? I would like to upgrade to atleast a 250-350gb or something?

Any1 know if i can?
It has a "Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2.0-GHz, 667-MHz FSB, 4-MB L2 cache)* if thats any help...

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  Reply # 355287 23-Jul-2010 11:44
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I would be extremely surprised if it is limited to 120GB. I think that is a statement of the maximum HDD that the unit can be purchased with rather then what can be identified by the bios.

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  Reply # 355306 23-Jul-2010 12:07
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Hi, i have one of the same laptops as a sparwe and have a 320g 5400rpm in it at he mo.

Just make sure you have the latest BIOS installed.

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  Reply # 355331 23-Jul-2010 13:13
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Thank you..

Looking for the latest Bios now..

Also can any Sata HDD work? e.g. seagate / WD etc?

I have a Hitachi or something in at the moment, just wondering do i need to buy the same brand or any reputable brands are good as long as they are sata?


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  Reply # 355351 23-Jul-2010 14:02
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I used to work as a notebook tech and i can say aside from very early models, i never had any issues with laptops running any type/brand hdd.

I did have one issue with changing from a 5400 to a 7200rpm drive  ~ possibly a power issue, but aside from that just plug it in and go for gold :)

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  Reply # 355354 23-Jul-2010 14:07
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Yeah i would have thought you could easily use others, but i only know for PC's not laptops, so though i ask...

Ill stick to 5400rpm and i should be sweet..

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