Laptop HD Replacement

By daniel161
Feb 18, 2007
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  1. Hi everyone!

    I have an Hp zv5000. The hard-drive needs to be replaced, however, I know NOTHING about a laptop HD so I am now asking for help. How do you shop for laptop hard drives? Are they all standard like a desktops? Do certain brands work with certain models? Are the hook-ups (Pin Count) the same? Thanks for your help!



    --Daniel L
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    laptop hard drives fit in a caddy. You will need to power down your laptop, and unscrew the the caddy from the case. gently remove the caddy with the HD on it. Some makers like Toshiba also have an adapter that plugs into the pins on a hd. IF so, gently remove it. You will need it later.

    When shopping for HDs for a laptop, speed is important. Most HDs on laptops are unbearably slow. Get a 7200 speed or faster. you will need to specifically shop for a LAPTOP HDs. Note the Size of your HD. Generally they're 2.5 in physical size.

    the next important consideration is capacity. Since few laptops allow more than 1 internal HD, get a big HD. You can later partition this drive into small partitions if need be.

    Faster hard drives also improve battery life when using batteries. Since they read faster, they access less thereby using less juice. You won't notice much of an improvement, but there is a tad improvement. To really boost battery life and performance overall, add RAM instead.

    Generally you shouldn't have any issues with 3rd party brands, just remember, you will need to connect the adapter (if any) and the tray onto your new hard drive before sliding the tray and re-screwing it back in.

    Once you have completed this operation, format and install your OS and files as normal.

    There are some laptop hard drive makers that have converter kits. You basically clone your OS and files to your new HD before installing the HD. You then can use your old HD as an external, spare drive. These are nifty and I have one.

    Ensure when you slide the caddy with your new HD into the computer to do it gently and not to bend the pins. USE the adapter if it has one. If you don't it won't work and in the worse case sceario, you'll bend or break your pins on your new HD. very bad.

    good luck!
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Your laptop uses ATA hard drives, not SATA so make sure you get the right type when you go shopping. Also, the machine is so old that it may have problems with drives bigger than 127GB.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73


    If you need to go to HP and look up the specs for the system you have now. It should tell you what type of HDD you have? I have HP Laptop V2500 series, I can faster RPMs or go up to 160GB or higher. But first find out what type of HD you have there? If you got your model between 2005 to 2006 then you can access the HDD easy on the HP. Most likely they use Toshiba Drives.

    Remember turn off the Laptop
    Unplug the power
    Remove the battery also
    Before you remove the HDD.
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