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WarNox
22-01-2008, 04:58 PM
Hey!

I want to change a laptop hard drive on a IBM ThinkPad R50. Its currently got a 30gb 5400 RPM hard drive. I would like to put in a hard drive around 160gb and 7200rpm.

My question is, will any 2.5" hard drive fit or how does this work? I am not sure about laptops.

Thanks for your help!



Gregor

Speedy Gonzales
22-01-2008, 05:11 PM
First thing I would check, is make sure it supports something bigger than 30 GB first.

If its anything like some older desktops (ie: HP), you'll have to update the BIOS first, before you get a bigger hdd.

I found this out a few yrs ago, I replaced a 10 GB hdd with an 80 GB on a desktop.

I had to update the BIOS so it would detect a hdd bigger than 10 GB. Otherwise the system would crash, after you installed Windows or whatever on it.

nzjab06
22-01-2008, 05:15 PM
I looked on the manual for your specific type of laptop and just as most laptops do (if not all) it has a bracket that attaches to the end of the drive and gets screwed into place from through the bootom of the case. Any 2.5inch drive should be able to replace it just make sure it is a laptop hdd with a 24pin configurement and not some weird mini hard drive made for ide connection. hope this helps.

bachelorno1
22-01-2008, 05:33 PM
My question is, will any 2.5" hard drive fit or how does this work? I am not sure about laptops.
Gregor

Very roughly speaking there are two incompatible types of physical connection technologies for 2.5" drives; the older PATA (Parallel ATA, or EIDE) drives, and SATA (or serial ATA) drives found in new computers. You must use a PATA drive.
Replacing the drive is relatively straight forward as long as you're careful, and the lenovo support site here (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-53176)has clear instructions and videos to watch.
A quick look at the overpriced hard drive upgrades offered by IBM itself here (http://www-604.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=-554&storeId=10000554&langId=554&dualCurrId=1000092&categoryId=13865529)suggests that drives over 37GB (as mentioned by Speedy) are supported by the R50 series, but please confirm this for yourself.

I think 7200rpm 160GB 2.5" drives are only available in the SATA format??

WarNox
22-01-2008, 06:25 PM
Cool, thanks for your quick help.

I will look around and make sure that a HDD bigger than 30gb is supported first.

I also figured I would need a PATA (ide) drive rather than a SATA drive. But thanks for your confirmation.

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If I cannot find a PATA drive with 160gb and 7200rpm I will have to settle for something less, but thats ok.

WarNox
22-01-2008, 06:28 PM
Any 2.5inch drive should be able to replace it just make sure it is a laptop hdd with a 24pin configurement and not some weird mini hard drive made for ide connection. hope this helps.

So does this mean that not all 2.5" PATA/IDE drives have 24pins? Sorry I do not deal with hardware much so am kinda confused with this.

nzjab06
22-01-2008, 06:38 PM
The pata drives usually (as far as i have experienced) have a 20 pin configurement which means it has two rows of twenty pins. The sata drivers i believe have two rows of 12 pins (24 pin config).