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Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 10:11 pm:   

I am helping a friend with his harddrive problem, and it is a Compaq AMADA (not sure about the model). The problem is, the harddrive is pretty much dead, with bad sectors in the middle portion of the harddrive, and that is after a low level formatting.

The question now is this. The harddrive in it was a Hitachi DK229A-10, which has a 12.7MM profile. I am pretty sure that since it comes with its own harddrive caddy, any size of harddrive should work as long as it is 20GB or less.

I need to know if that will be an issue with the laptop, if the lower profiled harddrive will make room for more shaking and rattling, thus the shorter life span of the new drive.

Any insights?

Thanks in advance,

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2003 - 8:13 am:   

As long as you can fix the drive within the caddy and minimize the shake rattle and roll, you shouldn't have any problems. Laptop hard drives are designed with higher G-shock ratings than standard PC type hard drives and the mechanics are slightly different internally in order to make them mobile.
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2003 - 8:16 am:   


Thanks for the prompt reply. However, I do have one more question. The original harddrive DK229A-10 is a ATA-4, 4200RPM harddrive. I have looked around, and there are not too many option for that configuration of harddrive anymore. I can easily get a ATA-5, 5200RPM drive, will that still work without much of a hitch?

Thanks again,

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2003 - 10:04 pm:   

Yes, but only at ATA-4 if that is the maximum the laptop supports.

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