Greeting all - My HP laptop of many years recently had the hard drive go bad, giving me the 4 clicks of doom when the machine boots up and nothing else. The bios does not show a hard drive at all. I've removed the hard drive, and re-seated it with no luck. My guess is that it is time to buy a new hard drive and pull out the recovery disks. I downloaded the support documentation, and it shows that this machine had configurations of 60-120 GB hard drives (mine was 80 GB) - all ATA-5. My question is simply this -
Can i simply go out and buy any ATA-5 (ATA100) laptop hard drive and the bios will detect it and go with it?
I built and upgraded many desktops, and that works fine there - just not as familiar with laptop hardware.