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

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

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

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Preferred Solution: STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class 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: 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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Hi, I need help !!! I have been using T61 (Windows Vista Ultimate 2GB Ram without Ultra Bay) for the last 1 year. My original hard drive had 80 GB and I decided to upgrade with a Hitachi Travelstar 250GB hard drive. This was a bare drive. I bought the Norton Ghost 14. I loaded the hard drive in a 2.5" enclosure. Norton Ghost says the new drive should be setup as slave before proceeding to copy/image the old hard drive to the new hard drive. I am not sure how to set this up. Can somebody pls let me know how to do this. Is there any other way to upgrade with the stuff I already have. Any help is appreciated. Regards Previsun  

Answer:Steps to replace Hard drive in T61

previsun wrote:  I bought the Norton Ghost 14.Ugh... bad move, but anyway... Norton Ghost says the new drive should be setup as slave before proceeding to copy/image the old hard drive to the new hard drive. I am not sure how to set this up. Your T61 uses a SATA drive interface.  "Slave" setting are applicable to PATA drives but quite meaningless for SATA drives.  If possible, just ignore the message and see if Ghost will proceed with the cloning process. Cheers, Bill

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My trusty T42-2378-R6U is running out of room.  I'd like to upgrade the hard drive, but I'm not sure what steps I need to take to do this.  I'm running Win XP.  Please start from the very beginning...I've never done this before. While I'm at this should I install more RAM?  I currently have 1GB installed.  Any other maintenance things I should do while I've got the machine open?  Replace the fan? Thanks in advance,Koshki













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Answer:Steps for non-techie to replace hard drive on T42?

If you never reinstalled your OS - there should be an option to create recovery disks - START | All Programs | Access IBM | Create Recovery DisksBackup data - you will not be able to access the old HD from the new install. I would recommend getting a External HD enclosure so you can access data, they usually are about $15 without the HD  -  did a quick Google query and got this from NexTag - make sure they are ATA - newer units have SATA drives and will not work with your HDGet a new HD - HD in one of the T42's I have here is 39T2513 IBM 40GB 9.5MM ATA/100 5400RPM HDDFlip over your systemremove power and BATTERYBottom left there is a single screw that holds the HD inCrack the lid open just a little and push out the HD enclosuretake the HD out of the cage (not which way the HD is orentiated so that you put the cage and the black holder back on correctly)put new HD into cagecrack the lid a little - push the HD into unitbattery and power back inrestore off CD'srestore data.you really wont need to get into the system to do anything like replacing fan.let me know if you need more assistance.Message Edited by MWSager on 01-02-2009 10:40 AM

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Hi guys,

So let me explain my situation. I have a 15 month old laptop, with a dying hard drive. Quite frequently when it spins up, the hard drive makes a horrible buzzing/scraping noise. I decided I will invest the money and replace it for the $100 and get a faster one (7200 rpm).

Here's the catch. I have an upgrade disk on order, and only an OEM backup disk (Vista) to reformat.

Whats the best way to replace the hard disk and use an upgrade media to use 7 on my computer?

Answer:Upgrade and Replace Hard Drive

Pull the HDD out of the laptop. Attach it to your desktop, assuming you have one.

When new HDD for laptop arrives, attach that to desktop as well.

Use Clonezilla to clone the old HDD to the new.

Take new HDD out of desktop and put in laptop. Boot the laptop as normal. Enjoy. Remove old laptop HDD from desktop and phyiscally destroy it if there's sensitive data on it. Throw it out after.

Upgrade to Windows 7 on the laptop in any way you see fit.

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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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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.




ynotbme said:





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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What is enterprise class when it comes to hard drives? I am assuming that they are designed for business? Will they work well at home as well?
http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=2325479

I want to set up two of these in a raid striping configuration. Do you think this is the fastest way to go with hard drives?
 

Answer:looking at the wd sata enterprise class hard drive

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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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Hello all,I'm expecting a new HDD to be delivered today for my laptop. I have backed up most of what I need so I think I'm set.What I'm looking for is an idiots guide in a few bullet points on how to go about this. Not the physical insertion etc, but the steps to follow on the PC.I'm running XP home, and have a full installation CD at the ready.Do I need to format the drive first btw?Many thanks in advance.Nick

Answer:steps before inserting a new Hard drive...?

You will need to go into the BIOS to change the boot-up to CD-ROM. Xp will ask you if you want to format, do it. Once it's done, install Xp.You done have all the drivers, don't you??

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My 80 GIG hard drive is making grinding noises and is about to give out. Best-Buy has a bargain 160 GIG drive on sale today ($39) so I am doing the obvious this afternoon and going to replace mine.
I would like to have some assurance I am taking all the correct steps before i shut down my PC and cannot get back online for advise.
1. I made a complete backup copy of my C: and Da partition on one drive) onto a seperate external hard drive using NERO.
2. I made a startup disk on 3 1/2 disk.
3. I have my Windows ME disk available.
4. The old hard drive has not completely given out so I prefer to try to extract all the files directly rather then through the external backup.

What I intend to doLEASE ADVISE ME ON THIS PART
1. Mount the new drive as SLAVE and use DOS XCOPY to copy all files from old to new drive.
2. Remove old drive and set new drive as MASTER
3. If those steps didnt work then start computer with 3 1/2 disk and install Windows ME from CD (oops-will I have CD drivers? how do I load those?)
4. If I get Windows loaded then load NERO software and use restore function to extract backup from the external hard drive.
restart the computer

Am I on the right track? should that 3 1/2 disk have any more files? maybe some drivers to see the CD and the external hard drive?
Will I have to mess with the BIOS I get to it from F8 key-right?
What steps have I missed? Should I have any other backups of system files?
 

Answer:Hard drive replacement-steps ok?

This is what I would do Knot ok
You have 2 hdd's and the 80 gig is still ok yes?
Make sure the second (back up) drive is empty and just back up your .exe progs like nero or firefox etc.
Make sure no ME OS files are on it, remove it and set the jumpers to slave.
Make a ME boot disk then install your new drive jumpered as master.
You will of course have to fdisk it and format it.
Install ME then add the second drive. Then just transfer your .exe files back onto the new drive to a folder of your choosing.
 

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I have the emachines system recovery cd, but still not quite sure step by step how to reformat -- low level format, and don't know if the sys recovery cd will be the same as a bootable cd. Scared that if I do a total reformat don't know if I can get the system started again.
 

Answer:Reformatting my hard drive -- steps + ?

Before you get too freaked out about anything, throw the Emachine CD into the drive and boot to it. It will NOT format the drive without first asking for approval and confirmation from you, usually more than once. It should also explain to you what options you have (safe restore, destructive recovery, etc) and of those options, the details of each. That's what restore or recovery CD's are supposed to do. BUT- I've seen some Emachine restore CD's that launch straight into a destructive recovery (meaning that anything on the hard drive gets wiped out) without much warning. But it looks like that's what you want, so in this case it would be OK. Anyway, boot to the CD and see what happens. If you have any questions after that, feel free to ask.
 

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EightForums community,

I have an HP Desktop (Pavilion p6331p) and I did a clean install of Windows 8.

Recently, however, the hard drive has failed (I used the tools in the BIOS to figure that out). I'll turn it on, it will function for a few minutes, and then give me a blue screen (even in Safe Mode).

I probably need a new hard drive, so I have some questions:

Would this one work (link)? It's a good price and would be a slight upgrade from my previous 750GB to 1TB.

I don't really want to go through the pain of re-installing everything, but if its failing then that's probably a pretty good sign...

I appreciate your help and suggestions while I try and figure this problem out.

Thanks,

David

Answer:Hard Drive Failure: next steps?

Recently, however, the hard drive has failed (I used the tools in the BIOS to figure that out). I'll turn it on, it will function for a few minutes, and then give me a blue screen (even in Safe Mode).



Hi David.
I am not really sure there's such a tool in BIOS that can diagnose your HD but BSOD's can happen due to various problems in your system, it can be HD, memory, power supply, corrupted system files and the list goes on.
Having said that, you can download this free Hiren's BootCD 15.2 - All in one Bootable CD ? www.hiren.info. burn it to CD/USB and boot up from it. The Hiren's Boot CD contains a lot of software including HD diagnostics from different vendors, so you might want to try it before buying a new HD.






Would this one work (link)? It's a good price and would be a slight upgrade from my previous 750GB to 1TB.



I use HD's from different vendors: Seagate, Hitachi, WD and any of them is good provided you have a good cooling environment. My computer case is ANTEC 900 and it has Fans blowing directly to the HD's so they are just warm instead of burning hot and that makes a big different for the lives of the HD's.

Hope this helps !!!

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i am removing a factory installed 40GB hard drive with a 180GB Hard drive.
my computer was factory built by Compaq in sept2003 with XP. pen4.2.2
1)uninstall original hard drive(after unplugging comp,.being careful of static electricity)

2)set jumper to master(seems easy enough,did this once installing a dvdrom drive)

3)install new hard drive including ATA interface cable,power cord(seems easy enough)

4)set the bios,many times a computer will auto-detect and do it automatically,otherwise manually has to be done.(a tad challenging but sounds easy)

5)?????? INSTALLING A NEW HARD DRIVE WITH A LARGE HARD DRIVE CAPACITY,IE OVER 137GB. MY COMPUTER BUILT IN SEPT2003 USES XP,CAN THIS STEP BE SKIPPED? I AM REPLACING A HARD DRIVE WITH A HARD DRIVE.

6)FORMAT THE NEW DRIVE(HERE IS WHERE IT SEEMS IT GETS TRICKY)
the Maxtor Hard drive says to use thier software CD that came with the hard drive. is it as easy as running the software CD at this point?
dumb question: my computer has XP. how and/or at what point does the XP on my old hard drive make it on to the new drive? when i take out the old hard drive,am i not taking out the XP on that hard drive?
 

Answer:Di i understand the steps to installing a Hard Drive??

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I had the above msg last week. I rebooted and got as far as the XP User sign on screen before I heard the dreaded 'clicking' noise from the hard disk and system froze.I rebooted using my recovery CD, Windows setup (blue screen) started and some files were copied/loaded before the clicking started again and system froze.My assumption was that the disk is knackered and so I purchased a replacement. Original was a WD1000JB Caviar just 3 year old and replacement is WD1600JB Caviar.I've installed the new disk and set jumpers to cable select. My question is whether it is best to also install the old disk, again with cable select but daisy chained off the ribbon cable for new disk, and then use my recovery CD or merely forget the old disk altogether. It would be useful if I could retrieve some of the recent unbackedup data but don't want to cause more problems by installing a duff disk.Advice gatefully received.Machine is 3 yrs old, Evesham AMD1600+ with 512 memory.John

Answer:Primary hard drive fails - next steps?

Apols I think this should have been posted in the beginners forum.John

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My Medion PC is fast running out of storage space. I have 2 hard drives installed totaling 300gb but still need more. Can I remove my floppy drive & instal a 2.5" hard drive?Or is a better option to instal a permanently linked external USB2 Drive?

Answer:replace floppy drive with hard drive

You cannot replace a floppy with a HDD floppy disk controller will not run a HDD port on motherboard wrong size model No.?How many IDE ports has the mother board got 1 or 2 ?1 port = 2 drives on one cable usually 2 HDD and 1 DVD rom drive + 1 DRDRW driveare your drives SATA or PATA

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I would like to upgrade the hard drive that came on my Probook 430 G3 to an M.2 drive.  But when I install the M.2 drive the system refuses to boot (even with the old HD in place). Suggestions would be welcome. TIA

Answer:Probook 430 G3 replace hard drive with M.2 drive

Have you put any software on the M.2 drive? When I added an M.2 to my Zbook 15 G3 I removed the HDD while I installed the OS, got it working with the M.2, then put the HDD back in. 

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I added a usb iomega 1TB drive. Its shows up in "my computer" and I can write text files to it. What do I have to do step by step to allow, first a full backup,and then go back to an incremental one?

Answer:what are the steps to set thinkvantage to backup to external hard drive?

 
Hi
 
You may refer the below link for more info
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkVantage-Technologies/How-to-use-R-amp-R-to-backup-to-an-external-US...
 
Hope This helps
Cheers!!!

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.
 

Answer:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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So I gave you the product ID. SMART detected imminent hard drive failure on my hard drive. I want to know a good hard drive that would be compatible with this exact product. It would be nice if you would give me a link, but if you can't, just tell me the exact hard drive identification. Thanks for any help,-Cody

Answer:I need to replace my hard drive. Can you tell me what hard d...

I moved this to the notebook forum. You have a HP PAVILION 17-E118DX NOTEBOOK.  According to specs, it has an 750GB SATA hard disk drive - 5,400 RPM, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF).  You must purchase the same size as a minimum. Part number is  634250-001.  I stay with a 750GB or 1TB drive.

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So I gave you the product ID. SMART detected imminent hard drive failure on my hard drive. I want to know a good hard drive that would be compatible with this exact product. It would be nice if you would give me a link, but if you can't, just tell me the exact hard drive identification. Thanks for any help,-Cody

Answer:I need to replace my hard drive. Can you tell me what hard d...

I moved this to the notebook forum. You have a HP PAVILION 17-E118DX NOTEBOOK.  According to specs, it has an 750GB SATA hard disk drive - 5,400 RPM, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF).  You must purchase the same size as a minimum. Part number is  634250-001.  I stay with a 750GB or 1TB drive.

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Background: I was trying to fix an issue with DVDs not playing correctly on my computer and trying to find codec that would work, problem was not always there. I presumably downloaded something that caused problems. I noticed my main drive (C):\ was low, and I needed space to install k-lite codec pack. So, I moved some files over to my secondary drive (F):\, about a gig.

Problem revealed itself immediately before moving the files, before installing k-lite codec pack. The gig I just freed up disappeared and the amount of space was fluctuating between 0kb and 15-25mb. Moved some more stuff, another gig, same thing happened.
I noticed something weird, I saw in another post similar to my experience, that in the bottom right hand corner where the icons are bubble popped up saying something about "new hardware detected, old may not be usable." Not quite sure if those words are close or exact to be honest, didn't write it down. Unfortunately I had ran out on my CA etrust security suite, so I had to repurchase this, but only did after this all took place. I'm sure I set myself up for this problem. However, I searched internet to find some possible cause to this, and found this forum. I ran the 5 steps, minus IE-Spyad, because I use Firefox solely except to stream netflix videos. The hard drive space has since stopped disappearing, but I fear that I am still missing space. In order to install the many programs the 5 steps asked for a got rid of Sims2, about... Read more

Answer:hard drive space was eaten, 5 steps done, asking for additional assistance thanks!

Ok.We need to download ComboFix.exe. This will give a better view to the files running and also hidden on your computer and also those in the registry.

Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix

When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you. Please copy and paste the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new 'HijackThis' log so that we can continue to do any further cleaning that your system may require.

Caution: Never run and remove files with Combofix unless supervised by a qualified security analyst who is experienced in the use of Combofix. Mal use can cause serious computer problems

NOTE: Combofix prevents autorun of all CDs, floppies and USB devices to assist with malware removal & increase security. If this is an issue or makes it difficult for you - please let me know.

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I have my O/S disk ( C: ) sepeated from My Applications disc ( D: ) . Then I store all my Data on other Harddrives.

I want to upgrade my applications disk to a larger capacity, but I worry about maintaining the integrity of Disknames (IDs) so I won't have to re-install all my Applications again.

My plan is to make an Image or Clone of the Apps disc on the New HD and then change the Name of the Apps disk ( D: ) to new name ( Z: ) . Then I would need to reboot, before naming the New Apps disc as the new D:

My worry is the effect of rebooting without any Apps disc at all.. and would everything work after renaming the new Disc back to D: and making a final reboot?

Any advice of steps and procedure to make this work will be greatly appreciated.

Also.. advise on which program to use to make the image/clone would also be helpfull.

Thanks,
CS

Answer:Advice on Steps to Migrate Apps Hard drive to larger Disk

Your strategy is sound, as is keeping Apps and Data on separate partitions. One way you could approach it is:

1) Image the Apps drive (storing the image to a different drive, of course)

2) Shut the system down, remove the Apps drive.

3) Install the new drive

4) Restore the image you made to the new drive. Drive letter shouldn't be an issue in that case, but if it is, simply change the drive letter as necessary in Disk Management.

Even if you have to change the drive letter to regain the original Apss drive letter, there should be no problems with the apps being usable (once the drive letter is the same as the original).

As for imaging programs, I highly recommend Acronis True Image, but not the latest versions (2010 & 2011), as there have been many complaints regarding those versions. Instead, you can buy version 2009 on ebay for a fraction of the price. Contrary to what some may say, 2009 is compatible with both 32 & 64 bit win7.

That said, if you have a new system or a new motherboard, 2009 may (or may not) have issues with the HD controller (i.e., not see the HDs).

If you'd rather not go the 2009 route, you could always download the trial version of 2011 and see how it works on your system. Be sure and create the Acronis rescue disk if you do try 2011.

James

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Replaced failed HDD in laptop, need to load Windows 7 using the System Image DVD's.

Can this be done?

If so, what are the steps?
Is special hardware needed?
Do I need to format hard drive first?

I have already tried by using the "Repair Disk" created along with the "System image" disks, it's apparently not as simple as just following the prompts.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Steps/hardware needed? Replaced hard drive, load Win 7 w/ sys image DVD

This should help.


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/675-system-image-recovery.html
 

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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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

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We need more information, Please look here.

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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?
 

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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 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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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.

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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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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 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.
 

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Yes, it's pretty much that simple.
 

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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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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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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.





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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 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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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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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 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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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.

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

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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,(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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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

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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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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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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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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
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Does anyone know if this drive bay would work on the Y580? http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-Optical-Adapter/dp/B005L94EAM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354201...  I need to find one from a US Seller. 













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Answer:Second Hard Drive bay to replace Blu-Ray Drive

I am not sure if this will work. But i found i three on ebay if you are okayhttp://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=y580+hdd+caddy&_sacat=0&_odkw=y580+hdd&_osacat=0&_from=R40This link also looked interestinghttps://www.pro-battery.com/battery-detail.asp?id=872And This link seemed helpful to mehttp://forum.notebookreview.com/ideapad-essential/683579-y580-installing-ssd-caddy.htmlHope this helps





Ishaan Ideapad Y560(i3 330m), Hp Elitebook 8460p!(i5-2520M) Hp Pavilion n208tx(i5-4200u)If you think a post helped you, then you can give Kudos to the post by pressing the Star on the left of the post. If you think a post solved your problem, then mark it as a solution so that others having the same problem can refer to it.

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My AM3470 Hard drive (6GB DDR3, 1TB) is dead, and I have no back-up disks.  Can I buy a new SSD drive and re-load Windwos 10 OS from scratch?

Answer:Can I replace my AM3470 hard drive with an SSD?

why not? check if SATA is set to AHCI on BIOS. just keep in mind that SSD speed will be capped by SATA II speed but for sure way better than your old HDD.

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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 multiŁple 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 think if I replace my Hard Drive, I will have less problems. (My HD is full)Anyway, I found some diagrams on google searches which show how to change a HD. It does not look difficult even though I have no clue whatsoever about the inside of a tower.  Does anyone know of a super simple diagram? I called Sony and was told to get a 200GB or better but NOT a SATA. One more thing...Once I change it, do I just load the XP Recovery discs? Will everything just load itself???

Answer:How difficult is it to replace my hard drive???

This is one of the better online guides.---->GoHere

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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 need to replace my hard drive. The new hard drive is the same size as the old one. I have the software to copy to old drive to the new, but my question is, do I need to partition the new drive or will the partitions from the old drive transfer to the new drive.
System XP home SP2
HD 80gig
CPU 2.8 Ghtz
 

Answer:Solved: Replace hard drive

I think you will have to partition and format then install the OS on the new HD first, then hook the old HD a slave and transfer the files that way.
 

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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 

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My old Gateway tower (PIII 500 Mhz) server has several problems. CPU etc.I have already cannibalised some of the equipment to use on the PC below.I am currently using a Compaq PIII 650 Mhz with 10BG Hard Drive. OS XP Home.The Compaq hard drive is, Western Digital. WD Caviar. IDE. 100BA.Can I replace the Compaq Hard drive with the 20GB from the Gateway PC?The Gateway hard drive is, IBM ?Desk Star?. Model DPTA . ATA/ IDERPM 7200 P.N. 31L9160.Alternatively, I also have WD Caviar 22500. Would this be the better option?If either of these options are OK, then what is the Bootup procedure? Thank you.

Answer:Can I swap/replace the Hard Drive?

On second thoughts - can I use one of the above as a second drive?

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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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I need to replace my existing hard drive with a larger drive.How do I transfer the info. from the old drive to the new drive ?

Answer:Replace existing hard drive

i. set jumpers ON NEW ONE to  SL, or slave.ii.make sure the other is master.iii. start computer. if in windows it should turn up in my computer . then just drag and drop.

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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?
 

Answer:XP: Installed OS: Possible to replace Hard Drive?

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Hello,I have HP Pavilion dv6-2140ee and would like to change my standard Hard Drive SATA - 7200 rpm(320Gb) with an SSD drive.My questions are: -Does my notebook support SSD drives?-What is the recommendation for the type and size SSD hard drive?Thanks in advance for your support 

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