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July 5, 2010 3:42:33 AM

Hello,
I have a defective dell laptop ST94811A hard drive. I need to upgrade it to a higher capacity but it has to be directly plug and play. a 160Gb will do. If no direct replacement is available, where can I find a databook where I could identify its pins so i just can hard wire them with other brands. Thanks
a b D Laptop
a c 415 G Storage
July 5, 2010 5:26:24 AM

The ST94811A is a standard IDE drive - you should be able to replace it with any other IDE (also called "ATA") laptop drive. The only thing to watch out for is that if you use a drive larger than about 137GB you won't be able to access the whole thing unless you have at least Service Pack 1 of XP or later.
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July 12, 2010 11:39:55 AM

sminlal said:
The ST94811A is a standard IDE drive - you should be able to replace it with any other IDE (also called "ATA") laptop drive. The only thing to watch out for is that if you use a drive larger than about 137GB you won't be able to access the whole thing unless you have at least Service Pack 1 of XP or later.


Hi sminlal,

Thank You for the information. That laptop has been lying there for more than eight months. I'll try to find the hard drive that will best fit the space. Thank you again and more power to you !
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