I have a Gateway M460 Laptop w/ 40GB - bought a Seagate 5400, ata-6, 8mb cache - simply because it was on sale (kind of like shoes).
Anyway, I've had it for 6 mos or so and haven't installed it bcs I have 3 boys. Got rid of one (college) and decided I would take a day to pop it in, load all the software and files, etc.
OF COURSE, it didn't work that way. oh, and by the way, it says all over the box, "this hard drive should be installed by a professional only" of course when I read that it wasn't going near a professional!
My first thought was the motherboard doesn't support 60gb, but come on...this machine was delivered to me in May 2003 by Gateway after they had .....ed up 2 other ones. (Gateway is not my friend) Anyway, if it doesn't support 60gb then I'll have to flash the bios. Noooooo........
I went to G'way and downloaded the appropriate flashing equipment and then got cold feet. If my flash trashed my machine, I'd be dead in the water. Changing the motherboard in a laptop is not easy, and that college tuition would preclude my purchasing another notebook pc anytime soon.
Soooo.... here I am somewhat longwinded, but in need of other suggestions of things to try before I start living on the edge.
I am currently running XP pro w/sp2
I have a Pheonix Bios (and will look up the # if it's essential)
8Mbit CMOS Boot Block Flash Memory
SMBios 2.3 Support
ACPI 2.0 Support
Pentium Centrino 400Mhz side bus speed
40GB Fujitsu HD