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Hard Drive Replacement for MHT2080AH

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September 30, 2011 4:18:05 AM

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.

I was hoping I could get this (SAMSUNG Spinpoint M5 HM160HC) while it's on sale, but I want to make sure it will work. I don't know what Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 is or if I have to worry about it. Thanks for the help!
September 30, 2011 4:58:09 AM

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. =)
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September 30, 2011 7:33:32 AM

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).

MHT20XXAH 40GB, 60GB and 80GB Product Specification:

Mobile PATA Spinpoint M5P Product Specification:
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September 30, 2011 8:03:31 AM

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.