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Question: Novice Wants to Replace Hard Drive

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I recently had my hard drive begin failing, and after dealing with Dell received a new hard drive. I would rather replace it myself than rely on someone else to do it, as I am trying to learn how to repair my own computer. I guess the word here is HELP! I have looked around the internet, and am feeling that I will be able to accomplish it, but I figured I would come on here first to get some advice, and see whether or not it was a good idea. I have been able to back up my most important documents, and photos (sadly the program freezes everytime I try to put stuff onto a disk, so I was only able to save the most important stuff to a jump drive), and so am ready to begin replacing it. I have a Dell Inspiron 1501. Any tips, hints, how to's would be greatly appreciated!

K

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Preferred Solution: Novice Wants to Replace Hard Drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Novice Wants to Replace Hard Drive

This is a guide that is fairly clear on the steps . .

http://www.ubuntu1501.com/2007/03/replacing-your-hard-drive.html

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My friend has a presario and the model is not really clear. 2300 he believes. Another guy has it and is trying to buy it off of him for only 250 so i told him that that would be senseless lets just get the hard drive replaced and i told him that i could do it. is there any certain ways that the company has made the replacement difficult? So that it must be done by them? I was told that Toshiba and Sony have made it so that there was some chord that could easily be torn if it was not done in a certain way. Aditionally how specific of a hard drive do i need to find, must it be model specific? and also, how hard is it to upgrade the RAM. If you are doing one you mind as well do the other right. I know this sounds like alot but i just really want to help him out. thanks hope to get a repy soon
 

Answer:Can a novice replace a hard drive in a Compaq Presario?

It would be easier to help with the exact model number. The Compaqs Ive worked on werent too hard. With the onder ones the case lifts off the frame. And with Compaqs you have to get a file from Compaq and add it to the new hard drive or the Restore Disks wont work. Replacing the RAM is easy. Just make sure you know what kind it has- SDRAM or DDR RAM.
 

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Hi allFirst time posting on here so hope someone can be of assistanceMy PC died a few months ago so have bought my self a laptopLots of files, pics, mp3s etc are on my hard drive of my old pc.Removed my hard drive (its a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200GB)How can i, if at all link it to my laptop to get the files and can i then use it as an external hard drive? As i as looking at buying one anywayReally dont want to lose all the photos as they are from the last 5 years or so!!!!!Any help is appreciated but try not to hit me with technical speak as i'm a bit of a computer novice!!!!KEV

Answer:Hard Drive Questions from a novice!!!

You need a hard drive caddy. See the link for examples. click here

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My system:- Packard bell,Pulsar C300, Intel Celeron 300Mhz, 48MB SDRAM, 6.4GB UDMA Hard Disc,.(I know I need a new computor but I cant afford one). Is out of memory.I dont use the system for games, just browsing and newsgroups with the occaisional mpeg downloaded etc. I have never done anything like this before but I am reasonably capable, is fitting a second hard drive idiot proof or should I get it done comercially. If I can do it myself how do I know which drive to use and where to find it? I am also thinking of extra RAM. GlowI have looked at previous mesages but I hav'nt found the answer to this question.

Answer:New hard drive fitting. From complete novice

If it's a old comp older than 3 Years consider a 20 Gb drive, Its just a mater of four screws two each side it slides into a tray on you main drive you will see a ribbon cable and a power plug you may have a spare connector on the ribbon cable. Before you fit the drive you need to set a little jumper on the drive normally at the back of the drive were the ribbon cables are connected on the top of the drive you should see a picture of the jumper positions it need setting to SL look at the other drive for how the cables connect the red tracer wire on the ribbon cable goes to ward the power cable the power will only go one way. You have then to go into cmos setup to detect the drive before you can use it

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Hi, I'm a real novice when it comes to computers- basic use like email, surfing, poker, photos etc- i've just bought a laptop and wish to wipe the hard drive on my old desktop before i sell it- mainly because of these stories about people being able to recover data from deep inside old PCs.

I've found out some stuff about reformatting and disk wiping-is this a 'data dump?' but i don't know where to start.

Will a data dump wipe everything even programs (word, adobe, picassa etc) and leave me with simply a computer?

The desktop isn't online but could i download the software on the laptop and transfer it via a disk without any risk to the laptop?

Am i being a bit too obsessive about this, there's no real sensitive info on there-i do basic online banking and have entered card details for paypal, poker etc, is there a simpler way of achieving this?

Apologies for so many questions and for sounding like a real caveman but any help would be greatly appreciated!!
 

Answer:Novice Reqs Help Wiping Hard Drive

Forget the term 'Data Dump'

To erase your hard disk you're going to have to boot your computer from a CD or DVD with suitable software on it.

There is a facility called 'The Ultimate Boot Disk' which you can download, burn to disk and boot from which has facilities that will let you erase your hard disk.

An easier solution would be to download a Linux Distro, burn that to disk and boot from it. Within the 'Live' facility of a Linux Distro (Linux Mint or Ubuntu are as good as any) you can browse to your hard disk, right click and choose 'format'.

Know that if anybody is determined enough there's a chance they could actually access your old data even after you've erased the disk but the chances of that happening are very slight.
 

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Hi all, as the user name sugests I.T is all a bit tech for me {at the moment} by you got to start somewhere right, So i've been asked to set up 6 brand new Dell laptops bought for my software engineers in the industy - i have been given a 7th Dell laptop same as the other 6 which has had all the required software needed by our engineers for the machinery programing process installed on it - i've also been given a 1TB western Digital {USB connected} external hard drive for cloning the software and transfering it on to the other laptops, so this afternoon i cloned the 7th laptop with all the software on it using system back up - creating a system image file on the external hard drive, but when it came to transfering this image on to the other laptops, i thought i'd beable to restore {set up the C: drive} the new laptop from the file path E: {the external hard drive path} but it doesn't have the option {E: drive or USB input or external drive} only system restore/back up disk or network path, i can't use the network path as the company has access/permission,firewall blockers that basically stop our engineers laptops from working on customers sites when online, which kind of stops any work from happening, and is why the company I.T deparment wont help me out in this situation, any help or guidance greatly appreciated as i really have thrown myself in at the deep end

Answer:CLONING to Western Digital external hard drive = {{NOVICE}}

Sounds like the company I.T deparment, will not help due to software licensing issues.

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cant see or access the external hardrive (WD). It was working fine, has all my music and photos. Now I cant find drive and when I go disk management it gives me an error. the pc is 5 years old and was built for my by a computer savvy associate.
 

Answer:Novice with external hard drive/disk managment issue

Have you tried all of the ports (USB I'd guess, but you didn't specify) available? Does it work with a different computer? Do other devices connected to the same kind of port work (like printers, scanners, flash drives)?

And what exactly does the error say?

It's always good to give as many details as possible!
 

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

Answer:Hard Disk Failure - what is cost to replace hard drive in 10...

Hi Rebecca, Contact an HP Service Center or a PC or laptop shop and ask them that. This is not a business unit of HP We do not provide prices for HP's services. We are volunteers. If you want to change it out yourself, then that is a different matter.  We can advise you as to what type hard disk or SSD is needed and show how to replace it.  

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

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The R51 2887-W1F has a dead HDD.I start the laptop and WinXP Pro sits at the opening screen for 45 minutes.Nothing new installed, infact the Access button just freezes the laptop after a while too. I pulled the HDD out and ran a number of hardware tests, even MemTest86 for 4 hours and the laptop is in good shape.I put the HDD on an 2.5"-to-3.5" IDE adapter and tried to get 3 different PCs to see the HDD but I can't see the HDD and so I can't copy anything over to the PC.Any thoughts on how to do so? Since it appears to be a dead/dying 20GB HDD, I was going to replace it with a 80 GB HDD.I understand that's the biggest this R51 can use/see. I know the R51 had a special partition with some files, and IBM has a TON of special drivers too. So what problems can I expect with an outright replacement of HDD?Do I actually need the special partition & if so how do i install it? Moderator Note; please update your profile with your correct country location as per the forum rules. Products, options and services vary from market to market. Knowing your location helps us help youMessage Edited by andyP on 09-22-2008 06:43 PM

Answer:R51 2887 Hard drive is dead, how to replace the drive and setup.

You should be able to upgrade to any PATA size drive of 9.5 mm thickness that you wish, there is no limit in size. So you can get a 250 gig if you want, any harddrive brand. If you don't have the original recovery cd, then you will have to use off the shelf version of the XP pro cd and activate it using your own s/n on the bottom of the laptop. You can download most of the drivers off the Lenovo.com support site.  

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Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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Just bought a new z51 last month and I'd like to replace my Disc drive with a hard drive but I'm not sure which Caddy to get. There are several on Amazon for pretty cheap. Anyone successfully do this?  Thanks! Phen

Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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I have a Dell Vostro 200. It has a hatachi 80 GB harddrive. It has no OS installed. I want to switch it with a 1TB hard Drive. 1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate. And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start? Oh, I don't believe it has ever been used. It was supposed to be a vista...yuck!
 

Answer:Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

ynotbme said:





1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate.Click to expand...

Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.




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And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start?Click to expand...

That would be the idea if you have it set to boot from disk in the system BIOS. The CD/DVD must have first priority over the HDD to boot.
 

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Is there any reason I cannot install a ThinkPad 320GB 7200 RPM SATA drive (43N3411) as the primary internal hard drive on my R60 (9456-57U)? I can't tell from the description whether they are saying it can only go in the little drawer where the DVD writer normally lives. Has anyone done this? Thanks, Charles













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Answer:Can I replace my R60 hard drive with a 320GB 7200RPM drive

yes that will work as the primary  harddrive or in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II use rescue & recovery to make a backup of your harddrive on dvd then use the dvds to image the new harddrive





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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

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I want to upgrade to a larger hard drive.  How do I transfer the operating system, all programs, and data to the new hard drive?

Answer:Replace Hard Drive in T61

one of the reviews of this usb hdd adapter actualy mentions an upgrading a hard drive from an IBM thinkpad. simular adapters are available at geeks.com and tigerdirect.com APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter - Retailhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161002&cm_re=usb_to_sata-_-12-161-002-_-Pro...

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Question: hard drive replace

Hello,
I need a little help I am upgrading my hard drive, I bought a 60 gig hard drive to replace my 12 gig.Which is the best way to take everything from my 12 gig and put it in my 60 gig without losing anything.My 12 gig has about 6 gig used on it .My 12 gig will go in another machine after and my 60 gig will be in the new machine.I am running windows 98 se on a p4. Hope u can help.
thks
toadman
 

Answer:hard drive replace

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I have a Seagate Hard drive with 685.5 GB  AND Processor   4GB Memory  Computer Version 8,862.3.0 (6/29/2011)  I have Windows 7 Home Service Pack 1  I don't want to upgrade to a newer version of Windows.  I like Windows 7 just fine and don't need the headache of learning a new OS even if it didn't have all the glitches that I have been reading about. I was thinking about applying for a work from home job and the computer requirements say that I need a computer with 12 GB Hard Drive.   Can I replace my current hard drive with a 12 GB one, assuming that I could find one?     Is my computer too small? Too old? Also, I have a 12 GB HP Recovery Drive (D) with only 1GB Free.  Is there any way to delete most of the info on the recovery drive (leaving  only the most recent information,) to free up more space?

Answer:Can I replace my 685.5 GB Hard drive with a 12 GB one?

>>>  Can I replace my 685.5 GB Hard drive with a 12 GB one? Hi, What you are planing to do with only 12GB ? Regards.

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I bought a new thinkpad T61  back in April. I underestimated the size of a hard drive that I purchased.  I want to replace the hard drive with a larger one, I have the ultra bay hard drive adapter,   can this be done using that??? If so, how can I do it?  Is it just as simple as copying the C drive to the Ultra bay drive and then swapping them out??

Answer:Want to replace Hard Drive

Thease easiest way to do this is to create an image of your current HDD then write it to the new HDD when you place it into the main HDD bay. There are a few third party softwares that can do this for you.





T60-2GB RAM-320HDD- XP PRO SP3 || Dell D620-2.5GB RAM-320GB HDD-XP PRO SP3

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First of all, i have had my t61 for 3 years without any upgrades and now i feel like i need a bigger and faster hard drive. i am not going to buy a new laptop but i have enough money to buy an internal hard drive. i have done a lot of research and dound that there are only certain hard drive i can use for example, it has to be SATA. I found one hard drive that is quite good and cheap. Seagate 500GB 7200RPM SATA 16MB Cache Internal Hard Drive. Thing is, most websites I have search said a Compatible hard drive will be 9.5cm and this one is 8.9cm. Question is, can i still install this hard drive????????













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Answer:Help to Replace T61 Hard Drive!!!!

and also, can i install windows 7 straight after replacing the hard drive???

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I've been supporting this Power Mac G4 since it was new in June of 2002.
Other than installing a SCSI card for the photo printer and the occasional cleaning, it's worked flawlessly.
It's in daily use for editing and annotating Aerial photos.
Yesterday I had to reinstall Illustrator for a weird parsing error I've never seen before, and it got me to thinking that the HD has been used heavily for nearly 6 years.
This machine is the backbone of this small business, and they're willing to do what's necessary, so my question is whether it's a good idea to preemptively replace this HD.
6 years seems like a long run to me, but I've never replaced an HD based on age alone, so what do the experts think?
 

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I am running Windows XP using an Abit AV8 motherboard.

I currently have two hard drives install under my IDE connection

A Western Digital IDE drive model #WD1200JB-75CRA0 that is 120GB partition as C, E and F and is Drive 2. Drive 1 is an IBM 10 GB partition as D Drive.

I want to remove both these drive and replace them with a Western Digital Serial ATA Hard drive that is 160 GB model # WD1600JDRTL. How can I do this?
 

Answer:How to replace 2 hard drive with 1 new one

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I have an A50 Model 8085-24U. Original drive was an 80GB ATA/133 HDD.  (Lenovo shows 80GB 7200RPM IDE HDD under Support & downloads)  I purchased a 160GB  ATA 7200.12 to replace it. Cables/connections do not match.   Any suggestions? They only list ATA100 hard drives under Accessories - Storage - ThinkCentre A50 Signed,Novice - frustrated, etc......

Answer:A50 - Trying to Replace the Hard Drive

Does Your new hard drive have 39 or 40 pins in the main group where the cable plugs in? Does it say ATA or S ATA on the packaging that the new hard drive came in? Finally are both the old and new hard drives the same width?

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Question: replace hard drive

I will soon replace my hard drive, what would be the easiest way to transfer windows from one to the other or would i be better off doing a complete reinstall.Thanks inadvance for your help.

Answer:replace hard drive

If your current pc is running fine you could clone your drive to the new hdd.Have a look here.click here=

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I had to replace my hard drive, I got most of my things back, now I have problems clicking on certain links on web pages.  I am not sure what I need to download to correct this problem.  Any help or ideals would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

Answer:Had to replace hard drive. Need help!

We need more information, Please look here.

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Question: HARD DRIVE REPLACE

Hi FRIENDS,I want to replace my 150 Gb Harddrive to 320 or 500.Which model hard drive i have to buy.and how can i install my drivers in that.Can some body help me in this!!!!!!!!ThanksVijay

Answer:HARD DRIVE REPLACE

Vijay, welcome to the forum,
 
it would be helpful if you could post which ThinkPad and Operating System you have, even better post the Type and Model Number this will help members to help you. If it ends in CTO please provide some details about the ThinkPad. Please do NOT post your s/n.
 
Thanks

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  I have the Aspire ES1-521--46JE From what I have been told I require a new hdd : Sata III 2.5 in Will this work as a replacement? Collection/ThemeVelociRaptorPortable/ Desktop PortableCapacity 300 GBData Buffer 16 MBDrive Type Internal Hard DriveDiskless or Populated PopulatedInterface SATA 3Gb/sDrive Size 2.5 InchesInternal or External InternalInternal Storage Type LaptopRotations Per Minute (RPM) 10000 rpmAverage Seek Time 4.2 msMaximum Data Transfer Rate 3000 MB/sDimension  Width 7 cmHeight 1.6 cmDepth 10.1 cmWidth (Inches) 2.76 inHeight (Inches) 0.63 inDepth (Inches) 3.98 inProduct Weight 0.49 g

Answer:Can I replace my hard drive with this one?

Hi,Yes, it will work.

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1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failureFailing Drive: SATO OFailing Attribute: #255

Answer:Do I need to replace my hard drive?

Probably. I would back up your data to something else like dvd's or external drive, just to be safe. You do not mention if the computer still boots. If the computer still loads windows seatools has a windows based program to download and test hard drives, works on most all of them, or you can check the make on your hard drive and go to the manufacturer's website and follow the directions to using their disk testing utility. Many times you download and ISO file and make a bootable cd (cause windows no longer loads in many cases), you boot to the cd on start up and run the short generic test and then the long, if it fails you know it's time is about up.http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/suppor...

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

I want to replace my hard drive (Model ST910021AS) with a larger capacity. Can I just go to my local hardware vendor and buy a larger drive?  I don't want to loose any features such as the shock protection or temperature reporting? Thanks! 





Walt LerschLenovo T61, Type/Model 6459 - CTO, 2gb memory, Intel Dual Core T7500 2.2ghz CPU, 86gb hard drive, Vista Home Premium

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

Thinkpads should have built in accelerometer (APS) that controls the head parking of harddrive, while some harddrive have builtin shock detection feature, most of the newer harddrive have head parking feature, therefore most of the new harddrive should be compatible with Lenovo's APS. Not sure about temperature reporting, but i imagine it is fairly common, as most other laptops can also report hdd temp. I can use it on my desktop.  If you are worried just get Hitachi Travelstar, Seagate or Fujitsu harddrive. 

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I have a Windows XP Pavilion 732c and its a couple (5-7 years) old and I've finally realized that I need to replace the hard drive because every diagnostic I've ran finds some "unrecoverable" error and it randomly restarts. (Im confident it's not a virus problem because I JUST reformatted it a week ago) and i starts making a clicking kind of noise whenever it starts loading a programCan someone walk me through the steps and necessary tools to open my computer taking out the hard drive and replacing it with a new one? I'm absolutely clueless as how to mess with the insides of my computer, so im confident ill screw up some howThank you

Answer:How Do I Replace my Hard Drive? Plz Help

OR you can purchase an "EXTERNAL" hard drive and then all you have to do is plug and play.Just a thought.Or you can try here , http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?man_lang=en&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=89005

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Hello,(NB: WinXP SP2)Chkdsk has reported "unrecoverable errors" on my main hard drive, and which are causing me all sorts of grief. It is buzzing like mad, and sometimes I get the "Hardware Initiate Failed" message at startup. Now, I know well, how to replace a hard drive, physically. It is child's play, but I have no Idea how to "ghost" the entire contents of a (4) partitioned (SATA) drive onto another one, and then to switch over to the new drive. What to do?REgards, Phrixos

Answer:How do I replace a hard drive.

Use the Clone Image function in True Image - click here

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I received a Samsung SSD as a gift and would like to swap out my hard drive.  Looking at documentation (or lack of), on-line at HP and the internet at large, there is no information on how to access my hard drive.  I tried the basics - remove the battery, remove the multi-media bay, remove the screws from the bottom, but after that, I am at a loss.   Looking at videos and documents for other HP latops, it appears that I should remove the 3 small screws above the media bay, but I have 7 or so (going from memory).   Suppose I did that... then what?  Any help or guidance is MUCH appreciated. 













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Answer:How do I replace my Hard Drive?

Hi, Please use the 4th manual (page 60) on the following link:     http://support.hp.com/sg-en/product/hp-15-ay100-notebook-pc/12499456/manuals Regards.

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

Hey guys, I'm having a issue with a HP Elite computer, its now saying on startup that the hard drive is going to fail and must be replaced. It still works great after boot up. Is there a program that i can use to make a exact copy of the original onto another then just replace the hard drive.

I have read that a program XXCopy may be able to do this for me.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

http://download.cnet.com/Acronis-True-Image-Home/3000-2242_4-10168093.html

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I have a Dell inspiron 1150. I have been having problems with the OS not booting up. After running a diagnostic on the laptop, I got the following failure .....DST short test FAIL.......code 1000-0146. A google search leads me to believe that this is a hard drive problem.

1. What type of hard drive do I need to replace it (found many on ebay) the original is 30 gb.

2. Is there any problem with replacing it with say a larger hard drive (60 or 120 gb)?

3. Will it come with windows xp already on it or can I simply load it from the disk that came with the computer?


It seems fairly simple to replace......or am I missing something?


Thanks in advance

Larry
 

Answer:Replace the hard drive?

Sounds simple enough, thanks
 

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I have a laptop with a 1 TB hard drive. I am only using about 300 GB. Can I replace my 1 TB hard drive with a 500 GB SSD?

Answer:replace hard drive with SSD

Yes.

I did basically the same thing, a few months ago. I used the Magician cloning software for the Samsung SSD, but there are other ways of doing it.

http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor...oad/tools.html

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My computer is giving me the "imminent failure" message and keeps crashing, so I understand it's time to replace the hard drive. I don't know what to buy and would appreciate some tips. The computer is a Compac Presario 6000 with Windows XP if that helps. I want this to be as painless as possible.
 

Answer:I have to replace my hard drive. How do I know what to buy?

It's giving you this message because you have S.M.A.R.T enabled in the bios.

This is a self monitoring program for your hard drive, and is supposed to warn you of impending failure so you have enough time to back up your system.

It's not perfect, so I would try a hard disk utility to double check, either from your drives website, or try something like SiSoftWare Sandra and/or Dr. Hardware.

If you find you do need a new drive, basically look for one that is at least ATA100, 7200 rpm, 8 mb cache, and with at least a three year warranty.

Seagate is the only manufacture that I know that offers 5 years on their drives, while others offer usually 3 like Western Digital, Samsung, Maxtor etc, or even only 1 on their cheaper units.

As far as size is concerned, make sure your motherboard supports drives over 137 GB if you are after one that large. Also, Windows XP won't support drives over 137 GB unless you have a CD with SP1 slipstreamed or included.

Installing SP1 after you have installed the operating system doesn't work, it must be part of the installation disc.
 

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Just had replaced hard drive 250GB Sata, but know Norton 360" asking for more online storage space. Why?

Answer:Replace hard drive.

Have nothing in my files and it's asking me you need more online storage space. Is it because of my games we online.

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I have a compaq presario 5000 A series pc. I just received a western digital 40.0 GB internal hard drive my question is should I replace or could I add this hard drive or is it even compatible with my system I believe the current hard drive is a 20 GB. the western digital model is WD400BB-00JHCO need help! thanks.
 

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Question: Replace hard drive

I wish to to install a larger hard drive in my DV7.  I have read the forum related to the Pavilion 15 replacement (which I also own and will replace). I have also accessed the manual for the DV7, but it doesn't give the exact size of hard drive.  Please confirm the size of the hard drive for the DV7 and a suggestion as to what make/model & where I may purchase.  Thank you!

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I want to get the 2tb western digital  internal hard drive for my t40p.  I've been reading that if its not a Lenovo hard drive I might have warning messages at boot, is this correct?  I've compared the size and it looks like it will fit.  Also, my old hard drive failed so what else do I need to get my laptop working, a recovery disk or will rescue and restore work?  Will one of these recover Windows?Message Edited by zorro7444 on 02-17-2009 08:31 AMMessage Edited by zorro7444 on 02-17-2009 01:11 PM

Answer:Need to replace hard drive

Welcome to the forum! Your T40p requires a PATA/IDE hard drive, and the largest one available is WD 250GB/5400rpm. No errors will be triggered, this is a problem only  with T43/p, R52 and X41/T units. You will need a set of recovery disks to get your ThinkPad to factory state once the new drive is installed. Hope this helps.

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Both the C and D partitions of my 80GB hard disk are full (Compaq desktop with Win XP). I'd like to replace the internal drive with a much larger one. But I don't want to reinstall all my apps. Is it possible to replace the current hard drive, make it the bootable drive, then move everything from the old drive to the new one, including the registry? If so, how can I do this?

Thanks!

Mike
 

Answer:Can I replace my C hard drive?

Its possible for sure and not too hard either.

Once you have the drive you want to install it will either come with software or you can download free software from the manufacturer of the drive to clone the old hard drive to the new drive. Once cloned just disconnect the old drive and connect the new drive in its place and everything should be as it was but with more space.

You can then add the old drive back in a secondary drive for additional storage.

As a example if you buy a Seagate drive you can use DiscWizard from Seagate to migrate your system over to the new drive: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

You can also use third party paid programs with a greater range of options such as Acronis TrueImage or Symantec's Ghost to clone the drive.
 

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I have had this computer for about 6 years now and have no reason to believe that the HD is about to become faulty. I am wondering if, just as a safety measure, I should replace it or at least add another against the evil day when this one finally wears out.When I get another I would imnagine that I would transfer all my data and the operating (W2K) system to the new one. Can I just copy all of the directories from one HD to the other to achieve this? Will the computer boot from the new HD after I have done it?I look forward to your advice.

Answer:Should I replace my Hard Drive?

Yes, it might be advisible to have a secondary disk as a backup, or even use the current disk as the backup and transfer your OS onto the new one.xxcopy will do the job; the new disk may also come with software that will transfer everything for you.

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Hello,I have a LaCie firewire connected external hard drive. The drive is a western digital 80gb wd800bb model.. eide/ata. It works fine, but nearly full. Can anyone suggest reasonably priced replacement around say the 320gb size.

Answer:replace hard drive help

You could buy a Seagate and fit it in the caddy. click here

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It is slow and has installed and deleted software reminates accumulated over the years, various driveby downloaded junk as well. I'd like to replace the hdd with a ssd. I'll have to reinstall Windows and all the software for a start clean installation. Do i have to have the d partion if i have a Win 10 disc with key. Are there drivers in the recovery partition i need to operate the laptop? Second which ssd should i get for the change, EVO 850? Thanks

Answer:replace hard drive with ssd

HI,The Samsung 850 evo, pro have  been voted the best hard drives prize/performance by international PC magazines.If you have the Windows 10 disk you can use it to install the OS on the SSD, you will not even need the product key if windows 10 has already been installed previously on the PC as it will (the same edition) be automatically activated once installed and connected to internet (just click on do not have product key when prompted). You can also insert your product key.You can also download the media creation tool from Microsoft and by running this tool download  original copy of windows 10 iso or create a bootable USB pendrivefrom Microsoft. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Personally I like to perform a clean install (custom install) without recovery drive and get all the most recent drivers from HP site or if necessary from the manufacturer of the device.Here is where you can get drivers for windows 10 for your PC:http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-touchsmart-17-j100-quad-edition-notebook-pc-... Let me know if you need further help,David

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want to change hard drive --took all screws out but can't figure how to open--it's all 1 piece . the laptop is not going on. had it since christmas last year . It says boot device not found  .  please install an operating system on your hard disk.     hard disk (3FO)   computer was freezing up  alot--then  it went into system diagnostics until it found this, now I can't do anything.  somebody please help    

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Question: replace hard drive

i am going to remove an excelstor technology es3230 30gb hard drive because it is grinding and crunching and running very slow.i am going to replace it with a maxtor 40gb hard drive.is it a simple matter of swapping them over and rebooting,then put my xp disc in,or is there more to it?

Answer:replace hard drive

No - that will work fine but - Yes there is more you CAN do if you have a Partition Manager. Install your new drive a master and the old a slave then boot up using a bootable floppy into Partition Manager and copy the entire directory to the new drive. Make the new drive 'Active' and you can then remove the old drive and you will be running exactly as before.

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want to change hard drive --took all screws out but can't figure how to open--it's all 1 piece . the laptop is not going on. had it since christmas last year . It says boot device not found  .  please install an operating system on your hard disk.     hard disk (3FO)   computer was freezing up  alot--then  it went into system diagnostics until it found this, now I can't do anything.  somebody please help    

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Hello everyone.  I have a 500 gb hd i want to install in my pc but am unsure if I can just add it along woth the other 2 or if I have to get rid of one to add this one.  If I do need to swap one out for the 500gb I am also not clean on how I save all the data or transfer the data.  I am still a newb with pc's so thank you for the advice.pc specsIntel core 2 duo e6300, ddr2 2048 mbytes, GeForce 8400gs, not sure what else I need to add here so just let me know and I will try and find it. 

Answer:3rd hard drive or replace hd

It depends on whether or no there is an open slot. Check to see if your system supports three hd's.

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My laptop failed to boot a while back, it's off warranty. It passes the hardware diagnostics memory test and SMART Check, but fails the Short DST at about 40%.Failure ID: 6366-73S89V-MFKR61-60SU03Product ID: F5Y12UA#ABLWhen I boot it goes to a screen that reads: "Selected boot image did not Authenticate. Press <Enter> to Continue." when I press enter the computer turns off. I think the hard drive has failed, I tested it's connection and that changed nothing. I am thinking I will replace the hdd with a similar SATA 2.5" hdd or ssd. Is this the right move, or am I incorrect.Thanks

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My pavilion 23 is broken and I believe I need to replace my hard drive, what do I need?

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I have an R40 (2897) that has a 20GB hard drive -- that is too small! and I either need to replace it or find a way to add an additional one. Anyone know if either of those choices is possible on R40? Thanks, W

Answer:R40 hard drive replace?

Welcome to the forum!Your R40 will take any PATA/IDE drive in 2.5" format, up to 137GB size.Also, you can add another drive via Ultrabay 2000 hard disk drive adapter that would replace your media drive.I'd begin my hard drive shopping here:www.newegg.comwww.zipzoomfly.comHope this helps.

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

I would like to replace my old 40 gb hard drive(Windows XP NTFS SATA) with a larger 250gb drive. What is the best program that will allow me to completely copy the old drive to the new one,and then have the old drive available for use as storage for pictures,back up files ,etc.?
 

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Question: replace hard drive

I have a presario laptop and the hard drive crashed with no hope of life. i have purchased a new hard drive and a fresh install Windows 7. My question is can i simply pull out the old hard drive replace it and install the new windows 7 disk.
 

Answer:replace hard drive

Yes, it's pretty much that simple.
 

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Question: replace hard drive

im having to replace my hard drive as the original one is past its best the problem is when i bought my pc i didnt get a windows disc it came pre setup with a recovery partition built into the drive can anyone tell me how i can copy the os or recovery partition to new hard drive.

Answer:replace hard drive

You need to "clone" the old drive to the new drive using something like Acronis True Image the free trail version may do what you want click here

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My HD died on me (ran into a bad cluster while doing a complete scan and then failed to reload, etc.) and I need to replace it with a suitable substitute that is the same capacity. The old one was a Maxtor D540X 60GB ATA/100, I think the most appropriate replacement would be a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus-9 ATA/133 60GB, but I wonder if anyone could confirm this. The OS is Windows Me.
 

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Hello,I have backed up my c drive (operating system) to an external usb drive using Acronis TI 10. Here is my plan - is it going to work?1. Replace hard drive with new (identical model) drive2. Boot up with my XP installation disc. Create 2 partitions and format them. Back out of the installation without installing XP.3. Boot up with my Acronis TI boot disc. Restore my C drive image from my usb drive to the new partition on my new drive. Thanks.

Answer:Replace failing hard drive

Hello,I see no reason why this wont work, but. Is there so much stuff on there that would be difficult to replace, apps etc. Reason I ask is that starting afresh with a clean format and clean install gives the pc a new lease of life. Theres 2 programs i use, 1 called nlite the other called drivermax pro. The latter will backup existing installed drivers to a file. Nlite will create a windows disc from your existing win xp disc but will also include all your drivers from the file you created with drivermax. So what happens is, you start the instilation of windows, come back later and windows is installed with the settings you want and all your drivers are there. 1 step job done. nlite will also backup programs but to be honest I have never done this.Hope this helps, have a think about it.

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The hard drive on this laptop is beginning to make intermittent noises.Where can  I buy a replacement hard drive and how do I transfer the complete contents (i.e. OS, Office Products, 3rd party software, etc.) of my old hard drive to a new bootable hard drive?I assume MOVING all the contents of my old hard drive to the new hard drive satisfies my licensing agreement to have only one copy of the software operating at a time.  I wish to remain with the Windows 7 operating system.

Answer:Replace HP laptop hard drive

Hi,You can buy any good branded 2.5 inch SATA 9.5mm HDD. Western digital, HGST travelstar are good ones.For moving, you can use Macrium Reflect Free cloninghttp://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50081.aspxYou need SATA to USB adapter to connect hard drive to computer:https://www.walmart.com/ip/StarTech.com-USB-3.0-to-2.5-SATA-III-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Cable-w-UASP-Stor...But word of caution: if OS is corrupted or hard drive is failing, cloning wouldn't be a good option as it may not successfully move with all OS integrity retainedRegardsVisruth

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My Lenovo desktop hard drive was giving indication of problems and I was able to backup the drive to an external hard drive using the XP full backup program. Have ordered a new Seagate drive to replace the failed Hitachi, same size (500gb), both SATA. I have an XP authorized CD for the OS but only Level 2. I am hoping to install the new drive, format it using my
boot floppy. Next, I plan on loading the OS and hopefully upgrade to Level 3. What's going to happen when I try to restore from
my external hard drive backup?

If you have some ideas or comments on my plan I would appreciate them.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:desktop hard drive replace

By "Level 2" and "Level 3", are you referring to Service Packs?

I've never used the Windows XP backup software because it's notoriously unreliable. I hope your experience is better. You cannot restore everything or you'll end up with a non-functioning system. Hopefully you'll have the option to restore selected data files only. If you can, restore individual files, and be careful with folders since you could inadvertently override system files. You may want to restore to another location like an external drive and then carefully and manually copy your data over to the reinstalled Windows.

You'll need to reinstall all your programs from the original installation disks or files. You can't restore those from a Windows XP backup.
 

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Aspire ZC-606 that won't boot. It chirps once and asks for "Reboot and select proper boot device" or insert boot media....I can boot to Setup and the Drive is missing, only the CD/DVD is there.I need to take the hard drive out and backup all the data on it and replace it.I can't find anywhere that shows me the removal process.I've replaced many HDD's in all-in-ones but have always found some instructions.Anyone help?? Pete 










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Answer:Aspire ZC-606 How can I replace hard drive

before changing the HDD i would try another SATA cable, the part number is: 50.U86D5.002 to open the back of your ZC, you need to open the 2 rubber feet at the bottom of the back cover and unscrew the 2 screws; then with a pin you need to push in the little hole of the DVD drive until it slide off; then you can lift the back cover.

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Hello, frequent admirer of the site, first time poster.

In short, should I replace my Vaio laptop (PCG-Z1WAMP, WinXP SP2) hard drive (Toshiba MK6021GAS, 60GB) or try harder to save it, perhaps finding some other cause of my problems?

After 18 months of great performance, I started getting long system hangs as my laptop tried to access the hard drive-- the drive would just rhythmically go crunch, crunch, crunch for minutes at a time, allowing nothing to be done, then my system would start responding again, until I tried to do something else, whereupon it had a good chance of again hanging with crunch, crunch, crunch.

--I did a virus scan with updated definitions. Nothing found.

--I wiped all partitions and reinstalled Windows. The laptop then worked fine.

--I installed several key programs. Still fine.

--After reading these forums, out of curiosity and suspicion, I ran chkdsk /p from the recovery console. It found errors. I used chkdsk /r to fix them. (I know chkdsk is not the best program but it was all I had at the time.)

--I loaded on a bunch of documents and programs.

--All was well for several days.

--I loaded on a few more GBs of documents.

--It started again with the crunch, crunch, crunch hang and rapidly got worse. I considered cybercide but calmed myself.

--I did chkdsk /r from the recovery console again. It said "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems".

--Honoring my Irish stubbornness I ran ... Read more

Answer:Should I replace my hard drive or try to save it?

I would also be suspicious about bad sectors. My suggestion will be The DiskCheckup program from PassMark. It's free and can be downloaded from the following address:

http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm

You can read the page to get more information.
 

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the original hard drive on Ideapad S10-2 is broken, i want to upgrade it to a larger hard drive, is there any limitation for my Idea Pad S10-2? such as maximum hard drive capacity or RPM? thanks in advance













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Answer:replace hard drive on Idea Pad S10-2

 
 
 
 
 
 
Hi
 
Welcome To Lenovo Community
 
As per the technical specification sheet  , You can upgrade normal 2,5" 9.5mm Sata-HDD  max. 500GB.   
 
 
 
Hope This Helps
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Hey guys lol I just bought 2 HD's for my 2bay enclosure.. as i was walkin out of the store i opened the door for some guys that were carrying a huge load, anyway i was still in his way and the hard drives i was carrying on top of my enclosures fell on cement....
i haven't tried to see if they are still working...but even if they did work should i go replace them? im afraid of long term affects? i tried googling this but no straight answer...
i know dropping a HD can corrupt data but since they're brand new..they have nothing on it..
any suggestions? i bought it from ncix i could just tell them they weren't working right and they'll replace it...?

hmm
hope you guys can shed some light
i'm kind of worried

thanks

zazazoom!
 

Answer:Dropped hard drive should I replace it?

They should be fine, the heads aren't above the platters like they are if you drop/bump it while its running. If they were in the box when they fell then I'm sure you will be fine, they are packaged to take a beating during shipping.

Even if they aren't you could either return them to the store, or RMA them.
 

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Came home the other day and found BSOD screen , tried restarting but didnt work so tried system recovery, and reformatted and reinstalled Vista. That didnt work either, now it says it cant load windload.exe I ran the hard drive diagnostic from Bios and it failed the test, so i checked online and said if that happens i should replace hard drive. My question is i didnt make system recovery disks when i set up my laptop (i ran system recovery from the computer), so can i buy another hard drive and since i have a Winxp installation disk use that and set up the new hard drive with that laptop?? I could order replacement disks from HP and wanna know if i can do this first
Laptop is HP dv 6258se amd Turion x2, 2GB memory Vista

Thanks
 

Answer:Laptop, replace hard drive

yeh, you can install xp, but more than likely you are going to have problems finding the correct drivers for everything. if it were me, i'd order the disks from hp, the last time i did it, they were like less than $20 with s&h, for xp though. g/l, sos
 

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Greetings to all, I need to replace the internal hard drive for T61p, product identification 6459cto. What do I ask for ? Thank you Ldxrunner 2015













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Answer:Need to replace internal hard drive

Here you go.http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD002779Its a list of FRUs for The T61p

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Pathetic, I know, but I replaced the dying 600(odd)MB hard drive on my kids' 486 (AST Advantage! Adventure 4100) with a used 2.1 G drive. No jumpers-I took it off since it is a single drive. (jumper set to Master gave me "failed disk" message--haven't tried the CS setting) When I boot the system, I get a "non-system disk" error, so I boot from a Win98 startup floppy. I start Windows setup, which then runs Scandisk. When Scandisk starts, it tells me it can't read from the last cluster on the drive, and that my LBA setting may be wrong. I've enabled LBA mode, and entered the info in the BIOS setup re: cylinders, heads & spt. There were other settings that I wasn't sure of values for, so I left them alone. ("prewrite comp" and "multiple sector transfer") THE PROBLEM: I run Scandisk anyway, even with the LBA message, and when it gets to the surface scan, about a quarter of the way through, it's reporting every single sector it tries to read as bad. (I stopped after about 1000 out of 519,000) Can the drive be that screwed, or is this because of a wrong configuration in setup? Can someone tell me what to look for? The BIOS is Phoenix Version 4.04 Plug & Play, and the setup utility separates system setup and Fixed Disk setup.
 

Answer:{RESOLVED}trying to replace hard drive on a 486

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Hi sevenforums,

I just received a windows message saying that I should repair or replace my harddrive. I am hoping to get some advice.

I am using a lenovo y580, which is known for hard drive heating issue. To resolve this, I took out the DVD drive, bought a HD caddy and replaced my hard drive into the DVD drive bay which reduced the heat significantly.

Right now, I am having the issue of is it a HD caddy failure, DVD drive bay connector failure or the HD failure itself?

Am I resigned to trial and error but running disc check normally or put back the HD into its original bay and test it.

Any help will be much appreciated as I will be buying a new HD or HD caddy. Thanks!

Answer:Repair or replace hard drive

Download and run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic tool. If it's a Western Digital drive, it's called "Data Lifeguard". The other companies have a similar tool.

The tool probably has at least two tests--quick and extended or something like that.

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I got a new  hard drive, but when i try to start it  with the cd drive,  it keeps saying no drivers were found. Make sure that the installtion media contains the correct drives? I'm at total lost. It wont even download the windws? It stops. Please help, thank you, jeanan

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If I order an X200 with an 80GB hard drive, can I replace it with a 64GB SSD? I currently own this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220342, and want to pull it from the machine its in and put it in my X200. Will it just work?













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Answer:Can you replace the X200 hard drive?

welcome to the forum! yes, the drive you've linked will work in the X200.

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Hvordan udskifter jeg harddisken på IdeaCentre Horizon 27?
 
Google Translation:
 
How do I replace the hard drive of IdeaCentre Horizon 27?
 
Moderator note: off-topic post moved to its own thread in appropriate forum. Subject edited to macth content.  Was:  Re: How to install new SSD

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Hi, I bought a new Acer laptop, with the usual 500GB hard drive.First thing I want to do is get a higher capacity drive in the new lap top.Are there size limitations, or bios or motherboard concerns? QUESTIONS:(1)Can I get any size (6TB for example) drive and just stick it in? Acer 17.3 P2020ME1-731-20204G50Mnii Thx!Mark 

Answer:Replace Hard drive in new laptop

Hello, The Aspire E1-731 series is shipped with HDDs of 500Gb, 750Gb or 1Tb. I have no information about size limitations.

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Lenovo Ideapad Z565 with Windows 7. "Disk read error" occured on boot. When I boot using a UBCD4WIN, it will boot to the options.Selecting "Launch...Ultimate Boot CD..." , it starts to load XP off the CD and then I get a BSOD with 0x7B, a problem has been......Check your hard drive, run chkdsk etc. I can boot from my "Spotmau"  and see the drive but can't access it. What I'm concerned with is the HDD passward that the owner somehow put in when she was messing with it.I saw on the Lenovo web site there's no recovery for a hard drive password and I'd have to change the mobo.I also have no Receovery Media so I'll have to order from Lenovo. Main question is the password on the HDD. Lenovo says that you have to replace the mobo if you can't find the password.   Somehow the customer put in a HDD password when she was fooling around with this machine

Answer:Replace Z565 Hard Drive

The 7B error you are seeing is because your boot cd doesn't have the correct SATA driver, there are KB articles and multiüple posts on this, basically you need to set the SATA settings in BIOS to compatible or IDE mode or slipstream the correct driver.
 
As far as the hard drive password is concerned, you can delete this in the system's BIOS by entering the correct password and then setting the new password to blank by hitting the enter key twice.

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I have a Hp pavilion 20 all in one It did have windows 8 but up grade to windows 10 it 64 bits . My hard drive went out it was 500  I bought a 1.0TB to replace one that went out. I didn't get a recovery disk and didn't make one because hard drive was bad when my grandson gave it to me.I went to microsoft download the window 10 save it to my desk top as iso file  download it to usb flash drive but tell me replace the disk  strick any key so download it to dvd disk same message  I did change the boot order each time my hard drive listed and I check it see if it was good  it pass the test and it new. I have no idea what to do it will not accept the media I download. Please any help or advice I will very much appricated it  Thank you BJ

Answer:can't installed os after replace new hard drive

Hi: You can't just copy the file to a USB flash drive. You have to use this tool to transfer the file so the drive is made bootable. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool  

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Ok, here's my problem: Last December I bought a computer from a well-known national store that will remain unnamed. I started getting Windows error messages almost immediately, and by September, the computer would go into Chkdsk when I booted it up, and I was getting messages on start-up saying that the 'S.M.A.R.T disk HD was in danger of imminent failure' and to replace it. So...I took the computer back to the store I purchased it from. The tech there did two tests on the hard drive: Tuff Test and Disk Doctor. She also told me that S.M.A.R.T HD is known to be innacurate with reporting failure and turned off the self test in the BIOS settings. Basically, in her opinion, there was nothing wrong with the HD. Now, a month later, my computer won't even load my local profile. It says it's corrupt. When I run Chkdsk myself and go into the Event Log, there's a ton of error messages saying that the HD has a bad block. So, I have several questions. Number 1: Would the tests the tech did actually find anything wrong with the HD? Number 2: It seems pretty obvious to me that the HD is failing, considering all the messages I'm getting. But - I'm not a computer expert. Could anyone out there advise me as to whether I need to replace the HD or not? Any help or advice would be most appreciated! Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard drive problems? Replace or not?

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Hi.

In addition to my other posting here, I want to ask you professionals, if it is possible to mirror my existing hard drive onto a much larger hard drive?

My partition C became way too small over the years, the Windows XP files have blown up their size. Partition D (which contains all installed programs) is still fine. But I was never able to use software like "Partition Magic" to adjust the space between these two partitions.

So I might just have to buy a new hard drive. But I want - I even HAVE - to keep the installed XP the way it is now. Lots of software installed. So I wonder, if there is any way just to "mirror" the existing version of XP onto a new hard drive, and then just to exchange the old hard drive with the new one?
 

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The first part of my question is the physical size of the internal HDD? Is it a 3.5" or 2.5" HDD.  Second I need a diagram of the interior of the case, as well as instructions as to how to open it to access the HDD to be replaced. At this point I would like to consider adding an SSD as the second HDD (if there is room for one inside this compute). I have spent more than an hour in an endless loop, and had to get a second screen name to just get this far, so despite being extremely frustrated, if there is a readily available website or web address where I can find the instructions, and specifications for this specific computer, perhaps a Service or User's Manual that can give me the computer "model-specific" instructions and a schematic I can take it from there. I have changed out these drives before, just never in one of these all in one computers.

Answer:I need to Replace the Hard Drive in my HP Beats All-in-One 2...

Hi: Below is the link to the support page for your PC. User guides section>Upgrading and servicing guide is what you want. http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Beats-Special-Edition-23-n100-All-in-One-Desktop-PC-series/71... Parts list...under the drives section, it shows the drives are 2.5" Enter the following product number in the box...  J6N70AV http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx  

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I've got a HP Pavilion DV2419us laptop with a 160gb hard drive. I need/want to replace it with something a lot bigger.

How can I find out what hard drive I need to replace it with? SATA, ATA?
 

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I have a two year old W530. I have to reinstall Windows 7 Pro and all other software to correct a Windows problem so it is a good time to upgrade my 500gb 7200 rpm hard drive to an SSD. Can someone recommend an SSD that is know to work with the W530 as well as a source for the drive and instructions for the conversion? Thanks.













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Answer:Replace hard drive with SSD on W530?

I did the same upgrade myself about 1 1/2 years ago, replacing my factory 512GB spinner with a 500GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD in my own W530.  Since then I've added SSD's as a second drive to other M93p desktop machines I've customized for friends and family, picking the newer Samsung 850 Pro in a 256GB size (regaining the factory 1TB spinner for "data").
 
In the case of the W530 I chose to reinstall windows 7 Pro x64 from scratch, using a retail Windows Installation DVD.  I never use "factory recovery partitions" and recovery media, as I never retain those "recovery partitions".  I always do my own ongoing regular schedulard "system image" backups using Macrium Reflect.  I install of of the latest versions of Lenovo-provided software and drivers directly downloaded from their software/drivers download site into my newly from-scratch installed Windows.
 
I don't use Optimus at all in my W530, but rather have "discrete graphics" selected to use the K1000m exclusively. So I use the latest retail nVidia graphics drivers downloaded from their site, not anything from Lenovo for graphics.  I have no interest in the built-in Intel HD Graphics.
 
As far as the physical swap of the new SSD for the old spinner on the W530, my first attempts were unsuccessful because I didn't realize what the Lenovo maintenance manual was trying to convey with its pictures showing some type of difference between the "side rail orientation" when applied to the sides of... Read more

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Hi
I need help to replace my hard drive error hp smart short test failed hd521-2w and failed biohd-8

HP-Pavilion p6203uk
Product Number VG239AA-ABU
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit)
Western Digital
Model Number: WDC WD3200AAJS-65M0A0
I have bought a new Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer i would like to transfer win 7 and all my existing programs docs pics etc.
I have read a large amount of posts relating to this transfer but i only have one computer the hard drive in the computer is still working very well, any help would be very much appreciated as simple as possible I am not very computer literate
 

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Can I replace the hard drive on this Laptop?  If so, how?  My disk failed the short DSST check and I can't access Windows. Thanks,  

Answer:M6-K022DX - Can I replace the Hard Drive

Mike12121 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about needing to replace your hard drive and wanted to help.Here is the link to the Maintenance and Service Guide for your PC:  http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03935332 The information you want is on page 34.Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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Hello. This compter is painfully slow to boot. After it boots I can get some applications to run sluggihly. Other wont run at all. I ran Checkdisk and found over a dozen bad sectors some of which couldn't be repaired. Any help or suggestions you can provide is greatly appreciated. RegardsJulien 













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Hi,The HDD Specs is here: 320 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA Connector.. Hope this helps,. & You may also get higher cpacity like 500GB, if you need more storage,. Cheers

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I have 2 hard drives in my system currently - a 40GB drive holding OS / Program files and MP3's, and a 60 GB drive holding games / films / pictures etc.

The 40GB OS drive has developed some kind of error, which results in me being unable to boot the machine at most attempts, and when I do manage to get in, the machine hangs after a few minutes. When the drive is causing a problem (on failed bootup or when the system hanges) I can hear an audible click / knocking sound from the drive.

I obviously need to replace the drive, but how do I make a copy of the drive, so I can create a new OS drive, when I can only get into the system (if I'm lucky) for a minute at a time?

I've found a thread that recomends Clone Maxx, but I can't get in long enough to download it!

I have my restore CD and OS CD, so could I take out the existing drives, add a new drive and run a fresh install of the OS (W2K), then add the other drives back in, and take what I want from the faulty disk?
 

Answer:Hard Drive problems - how to replace?

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To Anyone WhoMight Help:Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated whether they're a cure or just a heads up that there's nothing that can be done - or, how to determine where along that timeline I may be.I dropped a 3.5 - 4" diameter ground magnifying glass from its insecure desklamp holder onto (as one's looking at the open notebook) the lower right surface of the notebook ( a fall of 6-8") . The glass weighs aprx 1-1.5 ibs. The computer screen fluctuated for a sec or 2 and then went to a black screen with the error message reading "disk read error - press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart. The command does nothing. The unit turns off after depressing the on/off button and when power is restored, it returns one to the error message after a blinking cursor for a few secs. I think the C Drive or main hard drive of the unit was damaged to the extent that the thing can't read itself. I'm told there is no laser reading device - that the drive is hardwired to read itself and from there send the data to where I'm unsure.I'm asking if it's possible to replace the main hard drive with another component. Also, if that can be4 done, what the concomitant probs may be that one may encounetr. Thanks to anyone who suggests any idea at all. I scewed up inadvertent ly and would welcome the chance to buy and install a fix at my risk entirely.Davbid Lyle - noholy1

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I had thought of checking out another person's computer with Hard Disk Sentinel to make sure the drive was healthy and all, to find out it was at like 20% health and has over 80 bad sectors. I plan on buying another one on eBay. what is the best, easiest way to switch hard drives? The OS and everything is on this main drive. I can reinstall the OS, but then there is drivers and syncing all the files back in and regaining all the programs. There is about 220GBs in total used on the drive (its a 500gb). I have a 500gb external hard drive I can use to back all the pictures and documents on, but can I somehow make it easier than this and just copy everything (programs, documents, pics, OS) onto the external and copy it over to the new hard drive and then plug it up to the desktop? I also have a SATA/IDE to USB adapter I could use with my laptop which would most likely me needed in the 2nd method.

Answer:Hard Drive has many bad sectors, how to replace?

I'd look at the HD bay and cabling inside to see how it's set up but you should be able to use most any 3.5" SATA HD. Keep in mind that the best upgrade you can give a PC these days is an SSD.

Files should already be backed up against failure. If you have no data loss yet then you can save a Win7 backup image to external to apply it to new drive to see how you like it. I recommend using Macrium - Image your system, making the boot disk to use on both ends.

Otherwise follow these same steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything is covered there, compiling what works best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here.

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