I just inherited an old Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. The hard drive is cooked and I'm looking to replace it and see if I can get some use out of it. I'm just not familiar with anything other than IDE and SATA for my desktop and I don't really know how to make sure I'm getting a compatible hard drive.
Found a couple open threads where people had suggested WD1200BEVE as a replacement for the same model computer but with no follow ups as to whether it worked or not. Again, any advice is appreciated. Thanks. =)
The Samsung has the same interface and almost identical dimensions. It also has slightly lower power consumption. My only concern would be whether Dell's BIOS is 48-bit LBA capable, otherwise it won't see a capacity in excess of 128GiB (= 137GB).
Thanks for the reply fzabkar. You bring up a good point with the hard drive capacity and I think it is capped at the 128 mark. I don't think I understand the different HD interfaces quite yet (Ultra ATA100, ATA-6, etc...) If the WD one WD12000BEVE will work I"ll just get that one. Thanks again.