I have a Sony Vaio VGN-S4M laptop and want to upgrade my 60gb hard drive. I have a Seagate Ultra ATA/100 160gb notebook internal hard drive to hand (5400 rpm, 8mb cache, 2.5" drive).
Problem is how do I know it will be compatible with my laptop? The box states that "48-bit addressing is required to exceed the137-Gbyte capacity limitation imposed by 28 bit addressing" This means nothing to me! (I tried to google what 48-bit addressing is but to no avail!- cant understand techie talk!)
I checked the FAQ section for the Seagate Ultra ATA/100 and under the question "How do I know if my system can support the new Ultra ATA/100 products?" the answer is simply "check with your preferred motherboard manufacturer or system manufacturer for Ultra ATA/100 support information" - That's not very helpful at all!
Other laptop specs: Model No. PCG-6G2M OS: Microsoft Windows XP Processor: Intel Pentium M 730 533 MHz FSB Processor Speed: 1.60GHz HDD: 2 x 30gb, Serial ATA, 5400rpm
Also, after i have duplicated my old HDD, is it as simple as unscrewing the case, taking the old HDD out and putting the new in as some people say?!