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Where to get parts for my laptop? Answered

I have a Compaq Presario 2200 laptop that was given to me. It has a dead hard drive and a dead CD/DVD drive. I would like to replace both of the drives for under 40 dollars. I am happy to replace them with used (but still working) hardware. The hard drive doesn't need to be over 20GB and the CD/DVD drive doesn't have to be super high speed. Unfortunately Compaq did what is called a tattoo on the hard drive. This means that the hard drive must be replaced with a compaq hard drive not just any old laptop hard drive. Because of this I was hoping to get an old compaq pressario 2200 laptop that has a dead screen or dead motherboard that still has a good hard drive and CD drive so that I can salvage. I looked on EBAY but haven't had any luck so far. Are there any other online places where I could get another old compaq pressario 2200 laptop to salvage parts from? Does anyone on instructables have one?

Thanks for the help.

Anyone who helps me get the parts I need gets best answer.

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Vyger
Vyger

9 years ago

I have never tried it before but from what I understand "craigs list" has a lot of stuff like what you are looking for. http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
I have a notebook that someone just brought me to fix and it has a dead HD . So I was doing a search for IDE notebook drives and they are pretty much $50 and up and that includes refurbished ones. I guess since they have become more scarce their prices have gone UP instead of down. Wish the other stuff did that. I still have some 72 pin SIMMs that I would love to get what I paid for them. But that is not going to happen. With DVD and CD drives if its just the face of them thats customized they can be dismantled and changed over.

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nurdee1
nurdee1

Answer 9 years ago

So all laptop CD drives have the same connectors and are interchangeable.

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Vyger
Vyger

Answer 9 years ago

I don't know about "all" but the ones I have seen are standard and then modified by either / or / and having a connector added to them which usually screws in place, or a custom slide or tray mechanism that they screw to that fits into the bay, or standard with the face plate being customized and attached to the front bezel and tray front. They even will have pin adapters that convert the standard pins to their connectors. In general it would be way to expensive for them to custom design and build a component that they can get "off the shelf". They just take a standard unit and adapt it to their design. And also that way they can charge a lot for the replacement part because it is a special part.

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Burf
Burf

Answer 9 years ago

I was prowling through the electronics section of the thrift store a couple of months ago and there was a plastic bag full of 16MB SIMMs, maybe 25 or30 of them, for $2.
I looked at 'em and hung them back on the rack and moved on.

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Vyger
Vyger

Answer 9 years ago

At one time they were about 100 bucks each. Hard to believe we actually paid that much for stuff. But that is how all those guys got wealthy and we went broke always upgrading.

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jamngary
jamngary

9 years ago

Amazon may have what you need, but make sure it is from a well known company so you don't get ripped off. You could also go to a larger electronics store like FRYS. The safest way would be to re-order the same part from your origonal dealer.

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nurdee1
nurdee1

Answer 9 years ago

I am afraid that either of those options is going to cost more than I am willing to pay.