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I just went to work for a company and they provided me w/a Dell
Latitude D600. The problem is the PC is in a virtual time warp
straightjacket. Specifically the notebook runs Windows 2000
Professional and Office 2000. I have been using Win XP OS and and
Office 2003. It is next to impossible to install any new apps.
I would like to use my own formatted plain vanilla hard drive w/this
system. Buy a 5400 rpm notebook drive w/same form factor (does anyone
know the spec) and then install XP and Office 2003 on it.
Is there any reason I cannot do this? For example there is a hidden
diagnostics partition on the notebook. Can the notebook work w/out it.
I don't care about the diagnostics and can always swap the original
hard drive w/it. I have done this w/a Compaq notebook w/no problem.
Can the bios of the Dell D600 be accessed independently w/out the
invisible partition? Is there anything in the bios that will permit my
company to lock me out of putting another drive in there. I have no
intention of connecting the notebook to our network unless I use the
Finally, can you buy the drawer, clip and drive assembly that houses
the drive in the Dell notebook as an off the shelf item? Are they
bundled w/drive. I want this so I can swap the drives w/out changing
the clip. Or do I have to buy a whole new second drive from Dell,
which might be costly.