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Sarrel
June 15th, 2009, 08:02 PM
My IBM Laptop overheated and now the hard disk doesn't work anymore. The rest of it works fine though, and I think if I got it a hard disk, I could boot Ubuntu off of it, (something about being able to boot off something that isn't the main hard disk?) and I could use it as a desktop computer, or give it to one of my friends who doesn't have a computer. I haven't been able to find one though, and I'm wondering if I need a special hard disk to boot off, and if it would cost more, and where I would find one, and how much space would it need to run ubuntu properly?(Though I might just go ahead and get 160gb anyway.)

reeseslover531
June 15th, 2009, 08:03 PM
You should just need a 2.5" hard drive. You will need to put it in the computer and that is all you need to do. Ubuntu can install in about 5gb so you don't need to worry about space.

sim-value
June 15th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Do you mean an USB hardisk ?

bhadotia
June 15th, 2009, 08:07 PM
My IBM Laptop overheated and now the hard disk doesn't work anymore. The rest of it works fine though, and I think if I got it a hard disk, I could boot Ubuntu off of it, (something about being able to boot off something that isn't the main hard disk?) and I could use it as a desktop computer, or give it to one of my friends who doesn't have a computer. I haven't been able to find one though, and I'm wondering if I need a special hard disk to boot off, and if it would cost more, and where I would find one, and how much space would it need to run ubuntu properly?(Though I might just go ahead and get 160gb anyway.)

Ubuntu uses maximum of six Gigs on my 10 gb partition I have alloted to it. I use a separate partition for /home of about 3 Gigs. And ubuntu would run on any standard HDD.

ugm6hr
June 15th, 2009, 08:24 PM
You should just replace the internal HD that is dead.

Find the manual for your laptop; it is usually easy to replace.

Take the current HD out, and buy a similar replacement. Only question is whether it is IDE or SATA.

Then the issue of booting from a secondary drive is redundant.

SunnyRabbiera
June 15th, 2009, 08:54 PM
A hard drive is a hard drive, any brand should work with Ubuntu

redbook4574
June 15th, 2009, 09:00 PM
You should just replace the internal HD that is dead.

Find the manual for your laptop; it is usually easy to replace.

Take the current HD out, and buy a similar replacement. Only question is whether it is IDE or SATA.

Then the issue of booting from a secondary drive is redundant.


As an ex-IBM engineer stick with WD HDD

steve-shinn
June 15th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Samsungs are very popular with pc builders at the moment

Therion
June 15th, 2009, 09:08 PM
As an ex-IBM engineer stick with WD HDD
As a non-ex IBM engineer allow me suggest the same.

Western Digital. Period.

LowSky
June 15th, 2009, 09:26 PM
+1 to Western Digital. If this was 5 years ago I would say Seagate but lately they make some of the worst hard drives... WD makes very good drives. for about $50 you can easily replace your burnt out drive.

Newegg.com is the best place to buy computer parts hands down

IDE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150380+1035907889&QksAutoSuggestion=&Configurator=&Subcategory=380&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=

SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150380+1035915133&QksAutoSuggestion=&Configurator=&Subcategory=380&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=

lkraemer
June 15th, 2009, 09:33 PM
If you boot and go into the BIOS is your existing drive recognized?
If your drive is recognized , proceed, otherwise skip the next section.
Or, you could do it as a TEST.

Before I did anything to your drive I suggest the following.
Download the LiveCD's of SystemRescueCD and UBCD. One of
these has Testdisk. Boot each one and locate Testdisk.
Run it on your drive and see if it is recognized, or shows
any data or partitions that can be recovered. If so, you
might not loose too much data. Burn the ISO at a slow speed
and Disk at Once. You can use any software for this.
Windows or Linux. If the LiveCD's won't run, remove the drive,
Get a 2.5" to 3" drive adapter and plug the 2.5 into your
Desktop for testing (assuming IDE). SATA should be plug ready.

Open up the door/computer and remove the defective Drive.

If you go to this site:
http://freepctech.com/pc/001/installing_ide_devices.shtml
and look down at the drive, you will see a dual row of pins that
the Ribbon cable connects to. (This picture is NOT a 2.5" so it
does have more pins, but that does not matter) If you don't see
a dual row of pins, then your drive is a SATA.

Newegg and Tigerdirect has lots of drives. Pick one that is close
to your existing one in Gigs, and is of the correct type IDE vs SATA.

VERIFY the jumper on the NEW IDE Drive to the one you removed.
Some Laptops don't use jumpers, But my old Compaq did. I am not sure
if SATA even uses a Jumper for Drive Select.

Install the new drive and you are ready to boot a LiveCD of the
Distro of your choice.

http://Distrowatch.com
(Some Distro's may not boot on older systems. CrunchBang 8.04.2 will
along with Slitaz)

Checkout the CrunchBang LiveCD!
Checkout the PCLinuxOS LiveCD 2009.1

DITTO on Western Digitial..........The BEST!

lkraemer

wpshooter
June 15th, 2009, 09:40 PM
As a non-ex IBM engineer allow me suggest the same.

Western Digital. Period.

Also as a non-ex IBM engineer allow me to suggest Seagate drive instead - if one is available/compatible for your machine.

Sarrel
June 16th, 2009, 02:57 AM
should I also replace the fan? I think that's probably what made the hard disk break. Are there any other reasons it could have overheated?

PukingPenguin
June 16th, 2009, 03:32 AM
should I also replace the fan? I think that's probably what made the hard disk break. Are there any other reasons it could have overheated?

If the fan isn't running when you power up, you might need to replace it.
Hard drives fail. not often, and not USUALLY soon, but they inevitably fail. It doesn't have to be "because" of anything, heat or otherwise.

H2SO_four
June 16th, 2009, 03:34 AM
+1 for WD, best HDD's IMHO.