Hard drive on a comp possibly kaput: economical replacement?

Well I took apart a desktop mainframe after it refused to boot up. The fans ran and everything seemed normal except for a rythmic “peek” noise coming from somewhere inside. I took the hard drive out and took the cover off and watched it as I plugged everything back up.

The disk attempts to spin but stops after moving a quarter inch, then continues to try nonstop. The model is a Barracuda 7200.7 with 120 Gbytes. I found one on google as a replacement for 1,200.:wasted:

But then I see this:


So I’m a little confused on what I should expect for a replacement part price for one. The family could live with a reduction in GB size so long as they get their PC back up and running. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

If alls you need is an IDE drive you can use just about any IDE and they are very cheap, what exactly do you need to know?

Just needed to know overall if I could make the replacement without breaking the bank on one.

WOW, 1st thing is never take the cover of any hardrive as you currupt the data straight away, need to be in a sterile environment and dust free, secondly
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136112 about 45 bucks for a 160gb ide drive, good luck in the future.

Thanks. I figured it was already screwed so what the hell and rip the cover off.:smokin: By the way, is this particular hardrive have the same component hookup as the one I described?

Yes. It’s IDE you require NOT SATA. : - )

Do you not have SATA ports on your mobo? There’s really no reason to get a IDE drive if you have them. A 500GB 7200/RPM Seagate Barracuda SATA drive can be found for about the same price as that 80 Gb one you posted.

what kind of machine is it? can you post a picture?

sometimes these things take special drives, etc…


What is the difference between those two?

I think the 160 GB will be just fine that I was linked to

Yeah, let me go take a few pictures of the hard drive and comp. Also, I take it this hard drive doesn’t come pre installed with Windows XP? If not, on to my next question: How much am I looking to drop for XP to install? Oops, just got the bright idea to actually call NewEgg about the part, heh.

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There’s a pic of the connections in back.

it’s just a normal IDE drive then… any old drive would do…