Question from David H.: My brother gave me his old HP Pavilion Elite HPE-120f desktop computer after the hard drive died. The shop returned the computer to him without the hard drive in it and I need to know what kind of hard drive to buy for it.
Also, I don’t have a set of factory Restore discs for this computer. Will HP send me a set?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Rick’s answer: David, your HP Pavilion Elite HPE-120f most likely came from the factory with a 1TB SATA hard drive, so virtually any 3.5″ SATA hard drive will work in that system.
That being said, instead of simply installing another hard drive, I recommend installing a solid state drive (#ad) as the boot drive and a spacious hard drive as a secondary data drive.
The SSD will give you a lighting fast system startup time, and you can also install a few of your most-used programs onto the SDD to make them load in a flash. Then you can install any programs that you don’t use all that much onto the hard drive while also using the hard drive to store all of your data.
In my opinion, installing both an SSD and a spacious hard drive will give you amazing performance and storage capacity at a very reasonable price.
As far as the Restore discs go, HP will indeed ship you a set, but they will charge you for them. Simply contact them and they’ll tell you what you need to do to order a set.
Good luck David!
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