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October 11, 2011 1:58:13 AM

The hard drive on my laptop has died, makes a grinding/clicking noise, the computer won't boot into the OS.

The laptop has a hard drive model: TOSHIBA MK2035GSS 200gb Sata 1.5
The laptop model is Toshiba Satellite U400 PSU40C-08U01C

I called Toshiba support, they said that I could put a Sata 3.0 drive as long as it were 9.5mm in size.

What I want to know is can I put a newer drive in the laptop, say one that's rated to run @ Sata 3.0, but it'll just run at the slower 1.5?
a b G Storage
October 11, 2011 2:25:23 AM

No reason that shouldn't work as long as the drive is physically the right dimensions to fit in the laptop.
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October 11, 2011 2:38:04 AM

Yes, you can use any SATA 2.0 or 3.0 hard drive in the computer. The standard is backwards compatible. Just find the cheapest drive for your desired capacity from a reputable manufacturer. It will just have to be a 2.5 inch drive.
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a b G Storage
October 11, 2011 6:01:41 AM



Yeah, that'll work. For a boot drive you might want something 7200RPM if you can afford it.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Either will work just fine, but the 7200rpm will be faster.
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October 21, 2011 12:06:20 PM

Best answer selected by balla786.
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