View Full Version : Tecra 9100 - Where to get new hard drive?

09.07.2007, 20:06
OK, so my current 60gb hard drive is on its way out and I'm looking for a new one.

I'm interested in either a 40gb or 60gb, doesn't have to be Toshiba branded and preferably with 5400rpm (but I can settle for 4200rpm). What interface type do I need?

Price range: £30 - £45

Anyone able to help me out?

Thanks in advance,

Edit: Just found this - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/110847/product_info/rb/0 - Nice price, capacity and speed but will it work with my Tecra?

Message was edited by: lewislite

09.07.2007, 21:14

The HDD size is ok. The notebooks BIOS should be able to handle the 40 and 60GB HDDs.
The notebook supports an Enhanced IDE (ATA-5) interface.

It looks like the mentioned HDD should be compatible…

Check it out.

09.07.2007, 21:18
Hey thanks for the reply.

So my laptop supports ATA-5 but does it does it support ATA-100 or anything similar like this http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3NwZWNpZmljYXRpb25z&product_uid=108782 ?

Please can you tell me what Interface Types to avoid - it's all rather confusing. I don't think it accepts SATA from what I've read...

Message was edited by: lewislite

09.07.2007, 21:31
You have to difference between SATA and IDE.
You can use the HDDs which supports IDE interface.

The interfaces ATA/ATAPI are called often as Fast ATA, Ultra ATA, IDE (Integrated Disc Electronics or Integrated Device Electronics) or EIDE (Enhanced IDE)

On the Wikipedia website you can find useful info about differences between the single ATA/ATAPI standards

09.07.2007, 23:58
Sorry for the flood of q's but I'm looking at this page -


So basically I can buy any Hard Drive from here apart from the SATA ones, right?

Just seems to good to be true getting an 80gb hardrive for almost £35!

12.07.2007, 20:24
> So basically I can buy any Hard Drive from here apart from the SATA ones, right?
This is not exactly right. Every BIOS support an HDD size limitation.
So you have to buy an HDD which supports an IDE interface and please pay attention to the HDD size. Jaba said something about 40GB and 60GB

14.07.2007, 00:59
Well I just went and bought this one - http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3NwZWNpZmljYXRpb25z&product_uid=95621

Hope it works. It costs just £35 but it bothers me that for just £3 more, I could have gotten the same thing but with 80gb...