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Topic # 98521 29-Feb-2012 22:28
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The 1.8inch HDD in my Laptop has failed. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good local place to source a replacement from?

The machine is a Fujitsu and the drive is an 80GB unit from Toshiba (HDD1584), which uses an  MCD-D50 Series (DDK) Connector.

What searching I've done tells me these can fail due to poor quality grease on the internals.... the things you find out and really don't want to know, when you want to know why. 

Happy to run an SSD if it's connector compatible, but would also stick with a suitable HDD replacement. Either way it won't be cheap.

Appreciate any advice.  Thanks. 

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  Reply # 588630 29-Feb-2012 23:46
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Funny this should come up as just been looking for a replacement myself.
Got an HP Mini with a dead 80GB 1.8" IDE drive.
Got a price for a replacement and they are over $300 so not even worth doing that, would rather just get a new netbook.

I tried an SD card but that was painfully slow, maybe a faster SD card would help but don't want to buy one and find it doesn't make much difference.

I did find on TradeMe an adapter that allows you to put in a compact flash card, in place of the HDD, but not sure how fast that would be either. Still going to cost about $100 for the adapter and a 32GB compact flash.

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  Reply # 588632 1-Mar-2012 00:18
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Doing a quick search on ebay for: Toshiba HDD1584

Toshiba HDD1584 80 GB,Internal,4200 RPM,1.8" (MK-8007GAH) Hard Drive
Buy new Get fast shipping and excellent service from eBay Top-rated sellers: $99.00 Save 60%
11 new from: $99.00
2 used from: $79.99

Prices in US dollars.
Shipping will add a little more: USD $33 for the first and only seller I checked.

Depending on exchange rate, USD $132 -> about NZD $160.

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  Reply # 588680 1-Mar-2012 08:43
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@CYaBro. I'm almost in the same space... should I put the money towards new hardware, but then the unit I have is worth spending a little more on.

Thanks for that alexx, I've only had a brief local look and didn't like the prices. Plus thought a local solution would get me up and running again a little quicker.

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