How do I replace a pata hard drive

Hi. I don't have much experience with replacing things in computers, but want to replace the seagate pata hard drive in our old laptop (Packard Bell Easynote R1000). I know we should just get a new laptop, but can't afford it. Anyway - my questions are:

1) Can I just buy any 2.5"pata hard drive, or does it have to be another seagate one or a particular model.

2) If I get a bigger hard drive than the current 40gb one, will the system recognise it?

3) How do I replace it and is it fairly easy?

Any help would be much appreciated!
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  1. The easy part will be replacing the drive. It is pretty much just take out the old drive, remove a couple of screws from the tray, put the new drive in the tray, screw it back in, and put it back in the laptop.

    The harder part may be reloading the OS, and restoring your data.

    Just make sure you have a good backup of any important data before you remove the hard drive.

    As a side note, you could get an external enclosure for the old drive, and use it as a usb external drive.

    As far as the drive itself, it doesn't have to be the same make or model. You could probably get a 160 or maybe even a 320 to go in there.
  2. Thanks! That is really helpful (especially the idea of using the old hard-drive externally). I did read something somewhere about some systems not recognising more than, say 30gb, whatever size you put in.

    Why would it be hard to re-load the OS? I was going to install Windows 7 from scratch (full new install). Data is already backed up - I just can't wait to get a bigger hard drive in it.

    Have seen these on ebay

    Would I be able to use that? Sounds good, though not cheap.
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