We own a Satellite L355-S7835 and we need to replace the internal hard drive (been verified by more than one source that this is the problem).
I have removed the former hard drive and now need to purchase a new one. The old one has this information attached to it: MK3252GSX. I think it is a SATA 2.5 320 GB 8mb HD. It also has this info: HDD2H0. It was MS Vista.
I have looked at a variety of sources for replacing this and I'm trying to make sure I make the right decision.
Here are my questions:
What are the specific "numbers and letters" I need to make sure I consider when I purchase a new one? (BTW, I have a photo of the label on the old one if that helps). I've looked at hard drives on various websites with the intent to purchase, but I always see "numbers and letters" that aren't on the label of the hard drive in my computer. I guess I'm looking for the "easy button!" :-)
I don't have a back-up disk for the OS, so how do I go about getting that? (no, we didn't make a recovery disk...but will next time)/
The old system was Vista, but I want to upgrade to Windows 7. I assume that's possible, but I don't know what I need to know to do that.
What else do I probably not know now that everyone else probably knows but I should know to do this?