Hard drive on a comp possibly kaput: economical replacement?


#1

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:

http://shopper.cnet.com/hard-drives/80gb-barracuda-7200-7/4014-3186_9-21053456.html

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.


#2

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?


#3

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


#4

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.


#5

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?


#6

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


#7

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.


#8

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

sometimes these things take special drives, etc…

-joe


#9

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.


#10

Search the slickdeals.net hot deals forum


#11

http://images.techtree.com/ttimages/story/barracuda80GB.jpg

There’s a pic of the connections in back.


#12

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

-joe