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Are laptop hard drives fairly generic, or do I need to be careful to get the right one for my computer model?

I'm outdated 15 years regarding hardware support, so I need your help. :)

My Inspiron 1440 harddrive (Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9250315AS) is blown and I would like to change, but I don't know the SATA controller restrictions.

Do you know if this controller would allow me use a 7200 rpm hard drive? There are different connector positions? And about the current, forward/backward compatibility, etc?

Can I simply buy any notebook hard drive?

TIA!

Lucas Bracher.

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What he said. This is an excellent replacement: Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST95005620AS at Amazon for $80, shipped..

It's the best of the HD and SSD worlds. BTW, when you use that link, superuser.com gets a little kickback - a good way to say thanks to them.

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No restrictions. It must only fit in the HD slot (my present Lenovo notebook was equipped with SSD drive at the factory and quite not old SATA notebooks harddisks are not fitting into the place - they are thicker a bit). Buy a new SATA harddrive and replace it. It will be accessible.

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