Switch out internal drive from notebook

Hi, I would like to exchange the current internal drive on my notebook:Inspiron 14R (N4110, Early 2011)
Service Tag: 2Z3Q3S1 | Express Service Code: 6476137633
So I went to Dell's website:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/servicetag/2Z3Q3S1/manuals

to try and find out what kind of drive I currently have and couldn't find out. One of my concerns is that there are three listings under ATA and one of them says "Thin".

Is there a way to determine that by looking in Device Manager and/or somewhere else on my notebook?

Secondly, once I find a replacement, will it be a simple manner of disconnecting and re-connecting using the existing wires/cables? My hope would be to find a 1 TB, 7200 RPM replacement but the only thing I know at this point is that it has to be a 2.5 inch disk. (don't know if it has to be thin). Thanks, Carlos



Open it up and see what you have to work with.
Notebook disks are pretty standard, except for the thickness, which sound like it will be your limitation here.
Thickness is usually specified in milimeters (mm) so pay attention to this specification when you are shopping for disks.
I think 1TB may not be one of the thin disks, it depends, newer ones may fit.
If you are looking at the 1TB SSD, you can often take the cover off to make it a bit thinner.



Open it up and see what you have to work with.
Notebook disks are pretty standard, except for the thickness, which sound like it will be your limitation here.
Thickness is usually specified in milimeters (mm) so pay attention to this specification when you are shopping for disks.
I think 1TB may not be one of the thin disks, it depends, newer ones may fit.
If you are looking at the 1TB SSD, you can often take the cover off to make it a bit thinner.



That is a Serial ATA-300 drive. From what I can tell it is not an ultra-thin model so you should be able to replace it with another SATA 3.0 GB 2.5" hard drive.

Be VERY careful shopping for a 7200rpm drive because they generate a lot more heat and your smaller size laptop may not be designed for that sort of thing. It could cause all kinds of problems.

Also, you'd need to find a way to clone your old drive onto the new one unless you have some restoration disks from Dell or a Windows disc. Have you considered that?



you can use this free tool that will give you a lot of good information https://www.piriform.com/speccy
This is a handy tool I use to if I need to know system information.



Standard laptop 2.5" SATA go for at least the 7200rpm version (Dell ships the 14R with 7200 as an option so cooling not an issue).
Approximate Dimensions: 9.5mm (H) x 70mm (W) x 100mm (D)



You should drop a SSHD in, they've really come down in price.

i.e, http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-2-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000LM014/dp/B00B99JUBQ/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1425679813&sr=8-10&keywords=1tb+ssd

I second jjimen about Speccy, it's a great system info tool.


You can use a cloning tool like Paragon or Acronis to painlessly move your operating system from the one drive to the other.

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