Help with new Harddrive please? Will it help/what to buy

Hello, I am in need of a bit of help please! Its my first post so I hope it is in the right place.

I have a Dell XPS 17 (L702x)i7/Geforce GT550M/6GB/650gb HD laptop that started BSOD'ing.

I googled the blue screen codes and attempted several different repairs. It was dump crashing, % is missing from your computer error, among lots of others.

I ended up reinstalling windows a couple of times but it didn't help anything and came to the conclusion it was hardware related.

I removed each stick of RAM in turn (4GB/2GB), to see if there was a problem with either.. but it didn't change anything.

I no longer game, so after trying to fix it for a while I just put it in a cupboard and forgot about it. Now I want to use it for internet browsing etc.

- It can take a lot of attempts for it to boot without blue screening.
- It wont boot (freezes) unless it is tipped backwards.
-When it is on, it often blue screens if more than 4-5 internet tabs are open.
-Sometimes it can go a couple of hours without doing it.
-It gets very hot (but I think it may have always been like that)

Latest error -
STOP: c000021a {fatal system error}
The windows subsystem system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x
c0000006 (0x779f523b 0x00b3e2c0).
The system has been shut down

I want to try replacing the hard drive before I put it in the bin or hopefully sell it for parts towards a crap netbook haha
My question is, how do I find a hard drive I can replace this one with to try it? Does each model have different fittings or is it just a case of buying one the same size?

I know the information I've given really isnt that useful with logs and listing the actual error numbers etc but does it sound like something is wrong with the HD?

Thanks a lot!
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  1. Did you memtest the RAM?

    As you said its getting very hot that could be the problem. Try to clean the heat sink on CPU and some dust here and there. Try it on a hard surface instead of a soft surface.

    Did you tried it on safe-mode to see if it stays stable or not.

    You can replace the HDD with any 2.5" laptop HDD, they are all the same.
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