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Replacing an ATA-100 hard drive

I was instructed to replace the hard drive in an old laptop, a Dell Latitude D505. I'm suspecting that there was a head crash when someone moved the laptop while it was turned on. In the ...
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Power and fans but no post, no nothing…sometimes

I'm troubleshooting a laptop. If I let it sit for a couple hours and turn it on, I get a post message, and it boots up just fine. However, if I turn the computer off then back on or reboot, it has ...
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What's the best external hard drive configuration for a software developer laptop?

I've got a Dell laptop that I use as a software developer box at work and find that the drive is usually the bottleneck. I'd like to hook up two 10k RPM drives that are striped for performance. I've ...
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Intro to Laptop Hard Drives

I've had my first notebook hard drive death (well, actually, it's currently dying... clicking noises, super slow windows boot up ...) Anyway, I now I realize I don't know anything about laptop hard ...