1. How difficult is it to do so?
2. Are there differences between desktop and notebook HDs?
1. Depends. There will probably be instructions in the manual and/or on the manufacturer's support site. The procedure is usually fairly similar, but it's worth getting specific instructions for your laptop if you can.
2. Yes, notebook hard drives are considerably smaller. My entire laptop (including screen) is about as high as a desktop hard drive. Normally they're 2.5" wide, although they can be smaller in some cases. A desktop drive, on the other hand, is 3.5" wide.
This article contains comparison pictures: The 2.5" vs. 3.5" RAID Challenge | Tom's Hardware UK and Ireland
It's not relevant to your question so I wouldn't say it's worth reading, but the pics illustrate the difference between a 3.5" desktop drive and a 2.5" laptop drive.
26th September 2004
Its not that hard, you just need to screw a screw pull out the old one and place in the new. Yes you need a difrent hdd then the desktop ones. Desktop hdd is 3.5 and laptop is 2.5. You alos need to find out if you notebook hdd is a IDE type or serial ATA type.
Edit: Well my post looks like crap next to archons:p
How do I check on my laptop here which kind of harddrive do I have?
Did you read the first part of my post? The manual and/or support site should tell you. It will almost certainly be a 2.5" drive, though.
Bs|Archaon;3683891Did you read the first part of my post? The manual and/or support site should tell you. It will almost certainly be a 2.5" drive, though.
Yes I realize it's a 2.5." I wanted to know how to find out what kind of drive I have by looking at some specifications list on my laptop here. Where can I go to do that?
You can either physically look, or alternatively check the manual and system specs from the manufacturer (does the phrase 'broken record' mean anything?). There are tools that can, in theory, identify what type of drive you have; but they're not always accurate. For example, this machine has 3 SATA drives in it, but most software identifies them are being IDE.