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> Oh, MAN. I think I'm almost home free, then a new twist arises!
> I have a WinBook (Microcenter in-house laptop) that's at least
> 3 years old. Now surely laptops had pop-out drives back then . . .
> I seem to recall they've had this for a while. Why won't I be
> able to pop this one out and stick in another?
The good news is that it is quite easy to swap out the hard disk
drive in a laptop (although not as easy as swapping FDD vs. CD
vs. DVD drives, which are externally accessible).
The bad news is that there are two physically different and
electrically incompatible interfaces used for 2.5" disk drives.
You must know which flavor interface you need. The old
standard was IDE (a parallel interface), the newer standard
is SATA (a serial interface), and never the twain shall meet.
More than ~2 years ago, you were more likely to find IDE than
SATA unless you were talking about a high-end laptop model.
These days, new laptops are almost exclusively SATA, which
means it has become harder to find IDE replacement drives
in the market.
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