Hard Drive Problems/Sata laptop hd


Will any 2.5 in Sata hd work on a Toshiba laptop.

Hi John!

Yes, pretty much any SATA will work in a system that will take SATA drives.  I can't think of any reason one wouldn't work, except:

- Enterprise-class drives may not work properly, as they are designed for use in disk arrays and not for individual use.
- Drives larger than 2TB will probably not have the entire space usable - depends on the system capabilities.  I really doubt though that 2.5" drives that large exist yet.
- If adding a second drive, it may require special cable and/or an "interposer" to mount properly in the laptop.

Otherwise, barring these unlikely situations, any SATA drive should work.

If you need help finding a specific drive, then let me know your exact Toshiba model number and your location.

Feel free to follow up with any additional questions you might have.

Good luck!

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