>> to ONLY use a Dell replacement hard drive. Can anyone tell me if this
>> is correct?
>you can put anything you want into your laptop; i would say, as long as
>you don't use anything exotic, it should work fine. just don't expect
>any help from DELL support after you told them you installed some parts
>not sold by DELL specifically for your laptop.
Dell is within rights to withhold support for a laptop whose hardware
you've modified. On the other hand, they're unlikely to notice you'd
swapped out the drive if you're returning it so they can replace the lid
Most of the bits you'd want to swap out of the laptop are likely to be
fairly accessible these days. Third-party drive and RAM vendors are usually
helpful with trying to match you up with parts that fit in your device. All
you really need is the money, tools, and the nerve enough to poke around in
>a good idea may be to search on deja for "latitude" and "disk" or "ibm"
>etc. there's a good chance that you find postings which mention the disk
>vendor/model dell puts into the laptop. you could then get the same thing
>from a different store (for way less money.) i did just that with memory
>(256Mb for approx. $200 instead of $750.)
Dell's hardware documentation (bundled with the machine or available on
their support site) tell you where the drive is accessed.
The trick with hard drives for portables is that the drive bays are spec'd
for drives of different heights -- 9.5mm, 12.5mm, and 17mm. This
information should be available either in the manual that shipped with the
computer or at service.dell.com, which archives PDFs of the manuals,
including take-apart instructions for everything. At worst, you can look up
the drive model number on the manufacturer's website and see if there are
specs on it there, and relay that to your chosen vendor. The reputable ones
will probably have supplied aftermarket parts for mainstream brands like
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