how to fix my old laptop

atm34900

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Recently i found a laptop that I had years ago so I wanted to power it on but it said that it had now operating system so I tried installing Windows XP but it showed me an error that the windows couldn't find the hard drive , I think that it's broken but I had another hard drive laying around so I tried to change it but the end of them it's the same , the new hard drive that i want to replace is like the one in PS3 but the old on has only like pens , it was IDE hard drive not SATA , so what to do ? should i find another operating system that works or is there another place to store my hard drive ..

My laptop is a IBM Thinkpad Type 2723 or T1636 or X31
 

Barty1884

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Sounds like the IDE laptop is dead (or potentially the controller). You cannot replace an IDE hard drive in a laptop with a SATA hard drive.

If you want to revive this laptop, you'd need to find an IDE drive to test with (to rule out the drive or the controller).
 

atm34900

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I heard that Windows XP doesn't work on IDE drives you know when you install them , can I do it with a modded WXP or get another operating system that works ?
 
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