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Which Hard disk to replace for my Sony Vaio VPCF136FM laptop?

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November 11, 2013 5:14:23 AM

On starting my Sony Vaio laptop VPCF136FM, I get the message "SMART Failure predicted........Press F1"..... So I realized my hardisk is about to fail and would like to replace the hardisk with a 1TB Hardisk.

Present hardisk (which is about to fail) Specifications:

Model ID: SAMSUNG HM641JI (SpinPoint M7E 640GB)



1.Which is best option of hardisk which I should buy to replace my failing hardisk?......Please, if someone could provide the Model No with specifications of the new hardisk which I should buy to replace my failing hardisk, it would be greatly appreciated.



2.Will Samsung Spinpoint M8 1 TB Laptop Internal Hard Drive (ST1000LM024) work on my VPCF136FM laptop ? Or is it a 4k advanced format hardive? Will a 4k advanced format work on my laptop?



thank you in advance

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November 11, 2013 5:56:04 AM

Hello... if you have windows 7 or above, 4K format is good... your hardrive looks pretty standard 2.5" 9.5mm and the Samsung Spinpoint M8 1 TB, has the same Spec. Here is a list of current models and their performance, http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2013-mobile-hdd-char...
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November 11, 2013 7:14:03 AM

Ironsounds said:
Hello... if you have windows 7 or above, 4K format is good... your hardrive looks pretty standard 2.5" 9.5mm and the Samsung Spinpoint M8 1 TB, has the same Spec. Here is a list of current models and their performance, http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2013-mobile-hdd-char...


Thanks for your quick reply......Yes I do have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

My doubt is if I buy the Samsung Spinpoint M8 1 TB Laptop Internal Hard Drive (ST1000LM024), will this hardisk work on my laptop or will I have problem installing the Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on it?

Will the Toshiba MQ01ABD100H work on my laptop?
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November 11, 2013 7:23:21 AM

Hello... your Computer and OS should handle 1TB fine if not, partition it in half... the Toshiba MQ01ABD100H also is a 2.5' 9.5mm drive.
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November 11, 2013 7:33:46 AM

Oh....okay, so it just needs to be 2.5' 9.5mm drive.....
Any drive which is a 2.5' 9.5mm drive will work on my laptop, is it ?
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November 11, 2013 7:55:49 AM

Hello... you trying to strech my knowledge here... cause there are some laptops with special connectors... and they don't do a good job of showing pictures or describing connector names of the connectors on the back, there is Sata and m-Sata connectors on drives now... I'm going by size and typical match/offerings related to your SAMSUNG HM641JI which is a Sata connector... some smaller drives ( mm ) include adaptors/spacers, to fit 9.5mm.
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November 11, 2013 5:38:40 PM

Hello... that is a standard Sata connector.
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November 11, 2013 10:28:45 PM

Ironsounds said:
Hello... that is a standard Sata connector.


Okay Thank you very much.....will go for the Samsung Spinpoint M8 1 TB Laptop Internal Hard Drive (ST1000LM024) .....hope everything goes fine with the installation of windows 7 64bit
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November 12, 2013 6:52:08 AM

Hello... If you are going to have to re-load... please record/write down the name of your devices and drivers in your device manager... the ones most important are your LAN, Sound, Web Cam, and Video components... sometime they use non-brand names for them, making it hard to find the right drivers for them.
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November 12, 2013 8:58:04 AM

If you aren't stuck on replacing you drive with another spinning disk drive, you may want to consider putting a SSD in its place.
Consider putting a Plextor M5P Xtreme drive in there. The current drive you are looking at putting in there is slow and sucks up power. If you want to give your laptop a bit more battery power and a lot more performance, do yourself a favor and spend the extra money.

You can buy the Plextor from Newegg or Amazon. The 256Gb version goes for $220. If you don't need 1Tb of space, this is what I would recommend!

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November 12, 2013 4:35:44 PM

fms007 said:
Oh....okay, so it just needs to be 2.5' 9.5mm drive.....
Any drive which is a 2.5' 9.5mm drive will work on my laptop, is it ?


It should work as long as they have the same SATA connections.
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November 13, 2013 8:40:02 PM

Ironsounds said:
Hello... If you are going to have to re-load... please record/write down the name of your devices and drivers in your device manager... the ones most important are your LAN, Sound, Web Cam, and Video components... sometime they use non-brand names for them, making it hard to find the right drivers for them.


Thanxs....i have the all the drivers from Sony Website for my laptop....i had done a clean install intially too.

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November 13, 2013 8:41:48 PM

viper1979 said:
If you aren't stuck on replacing you drive with another spinning disk drive, you may want to consider putting a SSD in its place.
Consider putting a Plextor M5P Xtreme drive in there. The current drive you are looking at putting in there is slow and sucks up power. If you want to give your laptop a bit more battery power and a lot more performance, do yourself a favor and spend the extra money.

You can buy the Plextor from Newegg or Amazon. The 256Gb version goes for $220. If you don't need 1Tb of space, this is what I would recommend!

-T


Will check Plextor M5P Xtreme drive.....thankxs
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December 9, 2013 6:12:40 AM

Thank you all for your valuable inputs which helped me decide the hard disk to buy. I went for a WD 7200rpm hard drive and as your'll had informed me the advanced 4k hard drive was not much of a issue as I was successfully able to install Win7/WinXP and Backtrack 5 on it without much problem. Though I had downloaded the WD Align software from their website just incase there would be some problem while installing WinXP....i did not have to use it.
Thanks once again.
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