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Notebook: Can put a SATA drive where a SCSI was?

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Buddy has a SCSI drive gone bad in his notebook. Can he replace it with a SATA drive?

Guessing no, but want to double check.
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Originally Posted by damian5000 View Post
Buddy has a SCSI drive gone bad in his notebook. Can he replace it with a SATA drive?

Guessing no, but want to double check.
SCSI drive in a notebook? That's quite rare. If that's true, the answer is no.
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SCSI drive in a notebook? That's quite rare. If that's true, the answer is no.
I was surprised myself. But it says in device manager the drive is SCSI. I googled it, and 2.5" notebook drives do exist.

Be even tougher for him seeing as how we're in Thailand. Finding a 2nd hand one in good shape will likely not be possible. Even finding a new one might be tough. Maybe special order.

Ah well... Will break the bad news to him.
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Newegg.com as new ones.
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What model is that laptop??
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post #6 of 17
Actually if the drive is SAS (Serial Attach SCSI) 2.5" you can indeed replace it with a SATA 1, 2, or 3 2.5". Now you can't do the reverse used a SCSI drive on a SATA machine. I have done this at work with Dell Servers. You will notice the performance difference as well but you should be able to get the performace of the drive you replace it with. GL
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
Newegg.com as new ones.
Thanks much, but in Thailand.

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Originally Posted by gsa700 View Post
What model is that laptop??
Model is Packard Bell TJ64

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Originally Posted by Agueybana_II View Post
Actually if the drive is SAS (Serial Attach SCSI) 2.5" you can indeed replace it with a SATA 1, 2, or 3 2.5". Now you can't do the reverse used a SCSI drive on a SATA machine. I have done this at work with Dell Servers. You will notice the performance difference as well but you should be able to get the performace of the drive you replace it with. GL
Hard drive model is Hitachi HTS545025B9A3.

This is a notebook. Would a notebook have SAS? I didn't see anything about it in device manager.
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No, google Hitachi HTS545025B9A3 and it comes up as a SCSI drive. Couldn't you just set up an external HDD via USB?
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No, google Hitachi HTS545025B9A3 and it comes up as a SCSI drive. Couldn't you just set up an external HDD via USB?
I suppose we could do that. Not sure if he'll be able to boot from there though. Computer is several years old. Even if he could, wouldn't everything be significantly slower operating system wise through USB?
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He should be able to boot from it, theres a thread on this forum explaining how to set up a USB flash drive as a boot drive. Let me see if i can find it..

If you use a USB flash drive, it probably would be slightly slower than an HDD. An external 7200rpm HDD should be fine though (the bigger the capacity the faster it is, from what i've read on OCN). Also, I was thinking, maybe it's possible to install a 2.5" SSD?
Edited by Stealth2o - 5/29/11 at 9:21pm
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