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Windows 7: How to know which type of hard disk fits my computer

14 Feb 2015   #1
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How to know which type of hard disk fits my computer

I just had a crash on one of my external disks.
So I ran Crystal Disk Info on the other disks and got Normal (with a warning that the reliability is low) on the internal disk!

Which I assume means that I need to replace it.

I have a HP 7300 elite mt and the current hard disk is an Hitachi Deskstar 500 GB, but I would like to replace it with a larger disk 2 - 4 TB

How do I know if a disk will work in my computer?
(Suggestions on disks that will work is appreciated)

// Anders

Here is what Speccy says about the disk, including S.M.A.R.T.


Hard Drives
Hitachi HDS721050CLA662
Manufacturer Hitachi
Product Family Deskstar
Series Prefix Standard
Model Capacity For This Specific Drive 100GB
Heads 16
Cylinders 16383
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 879 times
Power On Time 375.7 days
Speed, Expressed in Revolutions Per Minute (rpm) 7200
Features S.M.A.R.T., NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA III
Interface SATA
Capacity 488GB
Real size 500 107 862 016 bytes
RAID Type None
S.M.A.R.T
01 Read Error Rate 100 (098 worst) Data 0000000000
02 Throughput Performance 136 (100) Data 000000005D
03 Spin-Up Time 116 (100) Data 0000C600C6
04 Start/Stop Count 100 (100) Data 000000036F
05 Reallocated Sectors Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
07 Seek Error Rate 100 (100) Data 0000000000
08 Seek Time Performance 144 (100) Data 000000001C
09 Power-On Hours (POH) 099 (099) Data 0000002339
0A Spin Retry Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
0C Device Power Cycle Count 100 (100) Data 000000036F
B7 SATA Downshift Error Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
B8 End-to-End error / IOEDC 100 (100) Data 0000000000
B9 100 (100) Data 000000FFFF
BB Reported Uncorrectable Errors 100 (100) Data 0000000000
BC Command Timeout 100 (098) Data 000634032B
BD High Fly Writes (WDC) 100 (100) Data 0000000000
BE Temperature Difference from 100 071 (063) Data 001520001D
C0 Power-off Retract Count 100 (100) Data 000000036F
C1 Load/Unload Cycle Count 100 (100) Data 000000036F
C2 Temperature 206 (162) Data 00000E001D
C4 Reallocation Event Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
C5 Current Pending Sector Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
C7 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
Temperature 29 C
Temperature Range ok (less than 50 C)
Status Good
Partition 0
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #0
Size 100 MB
Partition 1
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #1
Disk Letter C:
File System NTFS
Volume Serial Number 4401EB95
Size 453GB
Used Space 308GB (69%)
Free Space 144GB (31%)
Partition 2
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #2
Disk Letter D:
File System NTFS
Volume Serial Number C2582E4E
Size 13.0GB
Used Space 11.4GB (88%)
Free Space 1.60GB (12%)


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14 Feb 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Any Sata disk would work. But for Windows 7 I would not go beyond 2TB because of the MBR restrictions.
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14 Feb 2015   #3
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok. I see that there are several versions of SATA (1,2,3,3.1,3.2) are they "just" about the speed?
My computer can use any revision?
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14 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It does not really matter. Sata 3 is only useful if you have a Sata 3 port on the mobo. But with Sata 2 you are probably well served.
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14 Feb 2015   #5
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

According to Speccy I have this motherboard: Pegatron Corporation 2AB5
and the specifications (Pegatron Corporation 2AB5 Mainboard Specs) says that it have:
4 * SATAII 3Gb/s connectors SATA 2/3/4/5
3Gb/s transfer speed – Supports four SATAII ports (Orange/Light Blue/Black/Red Color)
Supports HDDs, Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
2 * SATAIII 6Gb/s connectors

6Gb/s transfer speed- Supports two SATA III ports (White/Blue Color) (SATA 0/1)

Which to me says that I should go for a SATA3 disk.

Any thoughts about WD RE 2TB SATA-600 7200rpm 3.5"
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14 Feb 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sounds good. If you have a Sata 3 port, you might as well get a Sata 3 HDD. But if you want something really fast, get this one. It is only offered today. Then you can always have some slow HDD in your second Sata 3 port.
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14 Feb 2015   #7
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

already sold out..

Anyway I rather have the space.
This is for my work computer and I get paid while waiting

Thank for your help!
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14 Feb 2015   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
This is for my work computer and I get paid while waiting
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14 Feb 2015   #9
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

You can also get it here - Amazon.com: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM): Computers & Accessories

I've got the 256gb version and it is great.
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