Are Dell laptop hard drives proprietary?

By hp99801
Aug 3, 2006
  1. Hi, I have a dell inspiron 6000 laptop, with an 80 gig hard drive. I need a replacement but dell is out of the hard drive I need. Does anyone know if they are proprietary? Can I buy a hard drive from anywhere or do I have to stick with dell??
    Thanks for your help.
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    generally no. I have never heard to dell hard drives being proprietary, however RAM and power supplies usually are.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    No they are not proprietary. you can use any standard 2.5 HDD in a dell laptop.
  4. supersilly

    supersilly TS Rookie

    They are NOT proprietary. There are only a handful of hard drive makers (Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba, Samsung, and Fujitsu). Anything else with a hard drive in it has one of the drive manufacturer's drives (listed above) in their products. Dell, HP, Compaq, etc. all buy drives from the list above. Buy a WD internal drive for sure!
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