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Old 17th March, 2009, 11:41 PM
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Notebook HD help needed

I need to replace a Fujitsu 160GB sata drive with a 250 gb drive. I don't know a lot about laptops but I find the manual whiche says the rig will take it.
I go to Newegg and order a Jutitsu 250GB sata 5400rpm hd.
It doesn't fit. This notebook is 100 days out of warrenty and a new HD doesn't fit. The sata connections are just switched right to left.
I called Newegg and all they will do is RMA.
I tried to find how to get the right drive online-that's a mess. I finially got through to HP Tech support and they were not authorized to tell me a S/N or where to get one but the would sell me one for $250. Nice bunch at HP.

Anyone know how I get the right drive for this thing?
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Old 18th March, 2009, 02:10 PM
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SATA data and power are designed to be standardised, so they should always be in the same place.

However, some laptop manufacturers mount the hard disks upside down - have you checked to see the drive will fit upside down? The drives operate happily in any orientation, so manufacturers fit them in wherever they can.
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Old 18th March, 2009, 02:36 PM
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SATA data and power are designed to be standardised, so they should always be in the same place.

However, some laptop manufacturers mount the hard disks upside down - have you checked to see the drive will fit upside down? The drives operate happily in any orientation, so manufacturers fit them in wherever they can.
I looked at that possability. They cut you off in two ways. The bracket that screws to th HD can't hold the HD without jury rigging it. + The is a small cover protectecting the conections if it's flipped.

The data and power conections are not the same and from the same company, with no mention of it? And this time Newegg won't help at all! What a deal. I'll start doing a lot of calling in a few hours.
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What model laptop are you working with?
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What model laptop are you working with?
HP Pavillion DV2500.
S/N 2CE73950ZD
P/N GS846U#ABA
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SATA data and power are designed to be standardised, so they should always be in the same place.

However, some laptop manufacturers mount the hard disks upside down - have you checked to see the drive will fit upside down? The drives operate happily in any orientation, so manufacturers fit them in wherever they can.

The problem is solved. You were correct both HD's had a standard sata connection but the laptop didn't. HP puts a little bracket on the HD conection. Once I knew that, I just pulled the bracket off the old drive, put in on the new drive and am installing XP as I am typing.
Tech support at HP knew this too.
Nice folks down there in HP land.
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I fell for that once also. The IDE drives can have a black adapter over the pins and makes it look like some weird new conector. I actually did an RMA with newegg because of that same problem. I was like "hay, this laptop doesn't support IDE" but all I had to do was pull off the adapter and "bingo" there are the IDE pins.
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