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I have a working Compaq Contura 430C laptop, but its hard disk is really aging and making noises when under load. I don't want to stress it any further and thinking of replacement and preserve the remaining life of the drive. Can I use any modern IDE (PATA) 2.5 hard disk with this laptop? Or should I get the specific hard drives mentioned in the manual, because otherwise it wouldn't be recognized?

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    You might need to keep below 528MB due to probable BIOS limits.
    – dave
    Sep 18, 2023 at 22:28
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    What size (and even better, what model) is the existing drive? Sep 19, 2023 at 1:03
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    My current drive is 720MB. Based on the manual I think part number is 189156-001.
    – plr
    Sep 19, 2023 at 5:07
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    EZ-Drive is your friend with it you can use larger drives however I would not go beond 40GB (some HDDs have jumper switch to force 40GB limit they are the best for you)... However Compaq BIOS is one of the worst I ever seen so you might have really hard time to get new HDD recognized
    – Spektre
    Sep 21, 2023 at 6:29

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