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R51 (built in 2004) hard drive replacement questions

I own a 2004-built IBM Thinkpad R51, machine 2895 type AU3. It's original hard drive is 80 GB in size and may need replacement. Here are my questions about replacement of the drive:

 

1) How large a replacement drive can I install in it, and is the drive size determined by and stated somewhere in the BIOS?

 

2) Is a SATA hard drive suitable for my now 8 year old laptop or were hard drives for laptops always SATA no matter the age of the laptop?

 

3) Can any brand of hard drive go into my laptop?

 

 

[My OS is Linux MEPIS 11, variety Roadblock -32 bit.]

 

 

Thanks

ajkula66
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Re: R51 (built in 2004) hard drive replacement questions

Your R51 takes PATA/IDE, not SATA hard drives.

 

The largest PATA laptop drive is WD 320GB/5400rpm which will work just fine in your machine, there is no known BIOS limit on HD size for R5x series.

Cheers,

George




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R51 hard drive replacement: any spin speed OK?

Thanks for your help the other day.

 

You told me about the largest size HD that would be fine for my 2004-built R51. I assume by largest you meant capacity (i. e. GB) and not spin speed. Yes? Is any hard disk drive spin speed OK for my laptop? My failed/failing one is 4200 RPM and was installed by IBM when the laptop was built. [I figure a faster spinning one will just take a bit more electricity to spin than the one I have now, but I also figure that probably tiny amount is not so important.]

ajkula66
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Re: R51 hard drive replacement: any spin speed OK?

Spin speed is a non-issue here as far as compatibility is concerned. I've had 7200rpm drives in R51s - while those were still available - and the power consumption was fine.

 

Not that you have much of a choice anyway, since most of the manufacturers have discontinued the production of PATA/IDE laptop drives. WD is pretty much the only game in town nowadays.

 

Happy upgrading.

Cheers,

George




In daily use: T43pSF, R60F, T61, X301

Collecting dust: T60, T61p, R500F

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

Non-ThinkPads: Panasonic CF-31 & CF-52, HP 8760W

I build FrankenPads....scary FrankenPads...

S = SATA-mod (on T43/p units only)
F = FrankenPad
L = LED-mod utilizing an UXGA AFFS LED screen




Starting Thursday, 08/14/2014 I'll be away from the forums until further notice. Please do NOT send private messages since I won't be able to read them. Thank you.
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