My daughter has a Sony VIAO VGN-CR11S. She's away at a summer college program and her laptop crashed. Tech says get a new hard disk. What shoild I ask for? Is there something like Amazon that will ship one to her for tech to install? Any specific specs needed?
You do need to determine what capacity disk you want, how fast you want the disk to spin, and what interface it needs to use. Capacity wise, you can pretty much choose anything you want, but 320GB seems to be the spot more and more notebooks are filling. As for spin speed, you can choose 4200RPM to save power (but compromise speed), 7200RPM for best performance (but lower battery life), or 5400RPM to get the middle mix of the two. Usually that's what I go for. You need to determine, though, if the disk you have uses an ATA interface or SATA interface, and get a new disk with the same interface. You can't change that.