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Problem with Hard Drive Lock Password After Replacing Drive (X230 Tablet)

Question: Problem with Hard Drive Lock Password After Replacing Drive (X230 Tablet)

I replaced the hard drives in two X230 tablets today (HGST Z7K320-320, replacing with the same). Everything seems fine, but when the system reboots, it prompts for the hard drive lock password again (normally, it would just reboot without prompting). That wouldn't be a huge deal, but for whatever reason, it simply will not recognize the drive lock password. If I power it down and enter it, then everything is fine, the password is recognized and Windows boots normally. This is a fresh install of Windows 7 64-bit btw. I'm not sure why it's doing this, but the fact that two are having the same issue means something else needs to be done. Both replacement drives are new drives, and I set the drive lock password for both after installation. Has anyone encountered anything like this?

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I told my sister I'd help her replace the broken hard drive in her 6 year old HP laptop (G60-120US). We plan to restore the Vista OS that's on the restore disk which came with the machine.

I was concerned about finding a hard drive with the same geometry as the existing drive because I know that was a potential problem some time ago. But then I became convinced that it doesn't matter because ...

1) There's no geometry info on the hard drive currently installed in the laptop (which is a 250GB WD).
2) Sellers of laptop replacement hard drives don't say anything about the geometry of the drives they sell.
and 3) I found this, below, on an HP site but nothing about geometry considerations other then the new AF sector size.
"Customers using original HP supplied recovery discs on systems that have had the 512-byte sector drives replaced with a new Advanced Format HDD may experience issues and may not be able to re-image their system. The most common issue customers will see is that they will not be able to use their current recovery media if they try to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on AF Drives."
I found other HP info which said only that you need to replace a laptop HD with one of equal or larger capacity.

But then I was looking at hard drives from Discount18, an Amazon seller, and their web site said that once you've replaced a HD with one of their drives you have to do a full OS install, you cannot use the restore disk. I asked about that and got this res... Read more

Answer:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

You will need to reinstall your OS, if you have the disks, just load from there. I believe your quote is referring to using the HP recovery disks, but your disk may be different.

Honestly, your best solution is to get a copy of vista and use your serial to install a clean copy, though you will need to get your drivers from HP.

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I did a search and found a couple of threads (one started by me back in '06) that suggested I try TrueCrypt. I've been using it since '06 and it has worked well.

Sadly TrueCrypt is no more and the last version will not work on a Win 7 PC.

So, I'm back!

Actually, TrueCrypt was a bit of overkill since I don't want to encrypt the entire hard drive nor even a portion of it (which TrueCrypt did) as is the case for the all the software I found via Google, including BitLocker Drive Encryption that comes with Win 7.

I just want to "put a password lock" on the drive so it can't be accessed without first entering a password. Much like the password protection provided for a PC by Win 7. No encryption, just a password lock on the PC itself.

Don't need or want to encrypt the contents (files) on the drive. Just need to prevent "opening" the drive by requiring a password.

Any suggestions? Thanks
 

Answer:Password Lock For Remote Hard Drive

Don't know about a whole drive but for individual folders I have used Magic Folders. Here's an about page with a link for different versions of windows. Encryption is available but not required. I've used it on 98 xp and now vista.

http://pc-magic.com/des.htm#mf
 

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Good Morning, I have a T530 since 4 years and I'm changing it for a T460p (I am glad with this model of this compluter).My T530 has seen HDD Storage SAMSUNG 840 PRO 512 GB and I have now a SAMSUNG 850 1TB inside.I've already lock my HDD (in BIOS) during these 4 years with the same password (I'm sure).But yesterday, when I wanted to revert to 512GB configuration with my T530, HDD stay locked (password is wrong). I'm SURE the password used since the beginning is correct (Bios, Boot and SSD are the same). SSD 512 Gb had never been installed in another computer. The only assertion I have is a modification of password encryption with BIOS (I did 2 Upgrade I think).Does this assertion possible ? How can I revert to 2.65 or 2.64 Bios in order to test ? -> I attempt to unlock my drive with another computer (SSD is working well but declare to be "password protected"), and password is encrypted by LENOVO and can't be provided "as is" to hdparm program. Password is a "Master Password", so impossible also to unlock it even with erase (I don't want to keep data on it) Many thanks for you ideas because this SSD works perfectly and cost is 250 ? (~300 $)    

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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My harddrive recently bit the dust. My bios wasn't recognizing it at all so I assume there was no way to save it. so I was able to get another hard drive and insert it into my laptop. I am aware it did not come from the same brand of laptop. However my BIOS is recognizing the harddrive so that's something that my old hard drive didn have. When I boot up, if I boot up from hard drive first I get a message that says "Bootmgr is missing" if I boot from my reinstallation CD I get error code 0x80070017 while the computer is trying to extract files. Any help getting my computer running would be great.

Answer:Replacing hard drive problem

Sounds like your DVD or DVD drive is bad. Try blowing a can of air into the DVD drive, when open.

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To those in the forum I recently damaged my thinkpad edge laptop 15" after not long ago having to reload every program and everything onto it, it takes me sometimes a week to get things back to normal. It's damaged irrepairably but the hard drive is Ok. I've now bought a thinkpad G570. Can I simply replace the hard drive int he G570, with the pre-loaded harddrive from the THinkpad, and will it just load up and work? The solution that has been offered to me so far ist to buy the sata -usb cable, and attach the old hard drive to the new g570 and go through the one key recovery and transfer the whole system that way. Any ideas would be great. I'd prefer just to swap the new hard drive for the old.  

Answer:Replacing Ideapad Hard Drive with Pre-loaded Thinkpad Edge hard drive

Hi, RichardBarclay
 
Provided the hard drives are the same size and use the same connection, there is no reason that the new computer shouldn't recognize it. And provided the new hard drive is simply removed and not touched until you're sure the old hard drive works, then there shouldn't be any danger in trying. If, for some reason, the old hard drive doesn't work in the new computer, then I would recommend getting a SATA-USB cable to simply transfer the files. And you may want to do that anyway as it is, in my opinion, a useful device to have in case you ever want to transfer data between drives again.
 
Best of luck,
Adam
 
 
 





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Hey everyone,

A few days ago I spilled some water on my Dell Latitude D610 laptop. I dried the exterior off the best I could, and tried to power it on. It would turn on for about 7 seconds, then power back off. I put it in a bag of rice for about 48 hours, then tried to power it again. This time it didn't shut down, but it took a lot longer than usual to power up. About two Lord of the Rings extended editions later, it finally booted up. (Not really. It took about 10 minutes, though.) Anyway, an error message came up. It read:

"No bootable device-strike F1 to try again"

I read that if a computer says that, then the hard-drive crashed.
If I replace the hard-drive, then will my computer work properly again? Or did I ruin it for good when I turned it on without drying the inside of it?

Thanks for reading!!

Answer:Will replacing the Hard Drive solve my problem?

You could try but I would lay odds that your motherboard is toast.

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I have a Portege 7220 CTe running Windows 98se. The hard drive is slowly deteriorating (bad sectors), so I decided to replace it. The old drive is a Toshiba 6GB. The new one is an IBM/Hitachi Travelstar 10GB - supposedly and apparently unused though dated Sept 01.

Executive summary: The drive worked once in the Portege, but doesn't any more. It continues to work fine through a USB interface to another system.

I have done the following. (I'm sure there are many irrelevant details, I just can't tell which might be relevant):

- Checked new drive with Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test. Ran this on the Portege, booting from a CD in the docking station. The drive checked out perfect.
- Made an image backup the old drive on another machine (XP desktop) using a USB enclosure, and Macrium Reflection.
- Restored the image to the new drive (using the same USB enclosure).
- Ran XP's scandisk and defrag on the restored drive (no problems, did significant defrag)
- Cleanly removed USB drive from XP system, and drive from enclosure
- Put new, restored drive into the Portege and powered up.

The system failed to boot, saying (indirectly) that HIMEM.SYS was missing. I hooked the drive back to the XP system. Indeed \WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS was missing, as well as most of the rest of the contents of \WINDOWS. The rest of the contents matched the backup. ???????

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Answer:Portege 7220 - problem replacing hard drive

apparently there is something wrong with your 10gb travelstar, maybe the MBR or the bootsector

the fact that you can read it with a USB-connector doesn't mean that the HD is okay, since you don't need the bootsector that way

I would advice you to wipe it completely ( with cleandisk or boot-it-NG ) , make a new partition with fdisk and reformat the HD to fat32

Than make a fresh install with W98, or better : W2000, which will run easily on a 7220 and is much better

To install W2000, it's best to copy the whole i386 directory of the installation-CD to the 10gb HD ( can be done on another PC with a USB-connector ) and start the DOS-installation with WINNT.EXE
More information about this issue you can find here :
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I want to use this(http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&DocID=PD022803) to replace the dvd drive.Then can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700?Thanks

Answer:Can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700 by replacing the dvd drive with a third hard drive?

that is not possible.

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My external hard drive recently stopped working. I have found that this due to a problem with the USB chip, so I have removed the hard drive from it's casing and am trying to find out how to get the information from it.

My thoughts were to try and connect it to my desktop PC internally where I already have 2 SATA hard drives installed (there are no more ports to add in another that I can see). I therefore have been trying to work out how to replace the hard drive that is used for storage with my larger old external hard drive(the one I need the information from). However, this is where I run into problems; when I swap the storage hard drive with my external hard drive then boot the PC up again I get the error message: "BOOTMGR MISSING"

I have tried booting from my windows 7 disc and repairing it, but I still get the same message. I have tried copying the contents of my storage hard drive onto another separate external hard drive and booting from there, still no success. Windows also doesn't boot when the main hard drive with windows installed is the only hard drive connected.

It all works fine again once the two existing hard drives are connected again.

Any help would be appreciated

Answer:[SOLVED] Replacing exsisting SATA hard drive problem

Hello,

This shouldn't be too hard to fix. First, unplug the storage drive, leaving only the OS drive installed. Then, mark the C partition as active, and run a startup repair.

How to mark a partition as active: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rk-active.html

Startup repair: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...up-repair.html

If you see a 100MB system reserved partition, use this tutorial: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...on-delete.html

When you have Windows booting, install the other hard drive. Before booting, though, make sure the Windows drive is set to be the first drive to boot, in the BIOS.

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?
 

Answer:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).
 

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I have an M90Z (non-touch) and love it.  Does anyone know if it would be possible to replace the Western Digital 320GB drive with a solid state drive? The system is great, but I do work with some pretty large database files and access time is much more important than storage capacity.  I could get by with a much smaller drive than the 320. Thanks.

Answer:M90Z..Replacing the internal drive with a solid state hard drive?

I assume it is possible.   According to the spec sheet, Lenovo offers the M90z with a SSD "For special bid only". http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/pdf/desktops/ThinkCentre/M-Series%20all-in-ones/WW%20Thi...   I love mine too.    What processor did you get? What do you use it for?  I hope you got the stand. It is so much better with it.  Here is some information I posted about the volume. http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/A-and-M-Series-ThinkCentre/M90z-tip-Speaker-sound-volume/m-p/381735 If you add the SSD, come back to this thread and let us know what the performance is like.





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Hi,

My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Dale
 

Answer:Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps
 

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Having a real issue here. Annoying really. I cannot seem to get this T30 to see the hard drive during a windows installation. Is there a driver or driver set I need to have on the hard drive before it will install? I have a machine with a wiped drive, and have no OEM disks. I am using a full retail XP Pro. SP2. Do I need to slipstream drivers for this to work? HELPPPPPP!! Thank you community  I'm an idiot. Solved the problem. Sorry for cluttering the board.Message Edited by dehnger2u on 08-23-2008 07:18 AM

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Hi Folks,My computer came with a 20gig hard drive. It's about 6 years old. I now wish to upgrade it to a 40gig hard drive. Will I encounter any problems if I do so? HELP PleaseSolartopi

Answer:Replacing 20gig hard drive with 40gig hard drive

Should be okay if it is the same type. You will need to format the new drive, and re-install a operating system. That's if the replacement 40gb h/d as never been used before.You could also keep your old drive as a slave unit, if there is space in the case, and run both drives piggy-back fashion.What operating system are you using, as this could make a slight difference, in setting-up!.

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The 1TB standard hard drive I'd wanted to install isn't fitting in the opening.  The plastic side rails from the SSD won't fit on it, and the drive won't slide all the way in anyway.  Was the T430s not made to work with standard laptop hard drives?













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Answer:Replacing SSD drive in T430s with standard hard drive... HELP!

Hello and welcome,
 
According to http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/withdraw/ThinkPad_T430s.pdf
 
Some: Solid State Drive (SSD) / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm highSome: Hard Disk Drive / SATA 3.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm high, Active Protection System
 
the T340s takes a 7mm thick drive.  What size is your new HDD?
 
Z.

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Hi, I ordered the thinkpad w540 last week. With a regular disc hard dirve and a CD compartment. I figured out after the coputer arrivied that i had a solidsate inside my hp xps 15.  In the best case scenario i would like to replace the CD drive, as the optional config from the online web page said it could be done. How could i figure out if it be possible to replace the CD drive with another Hard Drive?  If not i would be looking at replacing the original disc hard drive for the solid state, but in that case i would loose the windows 8 system. Is is possible to install it again in the new hard drive, with the same license?  I was just wondering because it would be nice mantain the drive inside the computer instead of having to plug it in all the time, and because of the faster speed it would be good to use is as the primary dirver.  Thanks in advance,  -Jorge













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Answer:w540 replacing the cd drive for a second hard drive?

Hi Jorgeyou will need a "caddy" adapter to house the second HDD/SDD. Just surch here in forum, see http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?location=forum-board%3AW_ThinkPads&q=caddy... .For my W540 I am using the caddy from http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=555 and have very good experience over years (W510, W520, W540...).Regarding replacing original HDD with SSD, there are basically two possibilites - either you use the recovery option (create your own media - see google or try to get one from Lenovo - not sure it will work) or use some transfer software. I am using since years the Acronis products, especially because it recognizes the SSD and aligns everything as it should be on SSD (do not want to go now too deep into sector alignment and so far).And if you want to run your W540 on steroids, aka max possilbe storage capacity, see my signature...





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I am trying to find the best guide to installng a new drive and reinstalling XP on it, people say it is easy so would like to give it a try,6 months ago I had a brand new Maxtor harddrive fitted by a friend (who I am unable to currently get hold off)The new drive is now failing, I have run a test using Maxblast and have been in contact with the company I purchased it from who will replace it.I won't have the old drive here when I fit the new drive so everything will have to be done from scratch.I have a Windows XP disc as well as SP2 disc and all the drivers and software discs needed and am in the process of backing up documents and e-mail etc.The new drive,like the old will be a 200gb 133/7200 8mb Maxtor D/max 10 (the original was a +9 but i believe it has been replaced by a +10).My friend partioned the original new drive into 2 partitions 100gb and 72gb and I would like to repeat this. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a good easy to follow guide to the above.Thanks in advance RG

Answer:Help in replacing hard drive due to drive failing

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I think I may need to replace my origional (5 years old) hard drive in the near future. I fitted a 2nd one last year and already have 2 dvd drives in the machine. What would be the easiest way to replace the origional hard drive with a bigger (but mirror image of the contents) drive? Should I remove the 2nd hard drive, fit the new one there, copy the contents over, then replace the origional drive and refit the 2nd hard drive or is there a better way of doing things. The 2nd hard drive is 200G with 2 partitions. One partition has enough free space to copy the contents of the 1st drive, could I utilise this space in the replacing process? (system is windows xp sp2,amd athalon 1800+, 80G origional hard drive)Thanks for any help.

Answer:Replacing 1st hard drive with 2nd drive fitted

One partition has enough free space to copy the contents of the 1st drive, could I utilise this space in the replacing process?You cannot just "copy the drive with the operating system you need to use specialist software such as Acronis.Acronis will copy the first drive to the partition.

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Hello --

I have installed Win7 Virtual PC and Windows XP mode. The resulting default virtual hard drive is a differencing drive set up on the host (parent) drive C:.

The help file states, "Important - We recommend that you write-protect or lock the parent disk before using the differencing disk. Otherwise, if the parent disk is modified by some other process, any differencing disk related to it becomes invalid, and all data written to the differencing disk is lost."

What modifications to the parent disk does this refer to? For example, should I be concerned about
- Installing new software?
- Defragmenting?
- Changing the partition size?
- What other modifications?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Virtual PC hard drive (lock parent hard drive)

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I belong to a non profit organization and we receive a few hundred hard drives IDE and SATA. These can from different a county departments, they show up in the bios with the hard drives information. When using a Windows xp system disk to load the OS and when we get to the deleting partion part it reads "cannot access the hard drive. We suspect the I.T. guys ran some sort of software to either disable, lock or maybe damage them. My question is, if the hard drives are lock how can we unlock them or make them usable. Thanks for any advise or help.
 

Answer:Hard drive lock or disabled, can not access hard drive

Hi and welcome!

You could try to wipe the drive by doing a zero out with dd on a bootable linux disc and see if that fixes the problem. Sounds like the disk may be encrypted.
 

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I'm using Ideapad Y570 and I've found that My Caps lock,Num lock & Hard disk drive indicator didn't work, while other indicators work properly. Does anyone have some solution for this problem?
 
 P.S. My O.S. is Windows 7 64 bit
 
Thankyou
 
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Answer:My Caps lock,Num lock & Hard disk drive indicator aren't work

Anybody knows? Please Help

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Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else)..by plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

Answer:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.

Louis

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Hi,

I have an HP Pavilion p6240f desktop purchased in 2010 that came with a 750GB C: drive. I'd like to replace the drive with a new 3TB drive using a cloning program to copy the old drive contents to the new drive. I've read that to access and boot from drives larger than 2TB "your system must be UEFI-capable".

I've looked around on HP sites and other places to determine if my desktop is UEFI-capable but have been unsuccessful. Can anyone tell me if my desktop will work properly with a 3TB drive?

Thanks,
Mike

Answer:Problem Replacing 750GB Boot Drive with 3TB Drive on older Desktop?

You can plug in the drive alone, attempt in Disk Mgmt to initialize it MBR creating a partition smaller than 2tb. If it will allow this then you'll be able to clone or image over the old install to that partition.

You might even be able to create other partitions once you initialize it with a partition smaller than 2tb for Windows.

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I have a hp pavillion dv6700 lap top in which the hard drive died a couple months ago. I bought my self a nice desk top but I still want a laptop to bring around and do my homework on and such. Looking around Newegg I see some cheaper hard drives that are not HP and was wondering if my HP laptop would take to those? I dont want to buy the exact replacement for mine because it seems more expensive.

I was wondering if someone knew how to tell if a hard drive would work with any laptop or if there was any definitive way to tell? Also any tips for the whole process would be greatly appreciated!

Here is the hard drive I was thinking of getting: Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks!

Answer:Replacing laptop hard drive; any hard drive?

If your HDD is a SATA based drive, any SATA 1/2/3 drive will usually work just fine in it. If the laptop uses an IDE drive, you must get an IDE drive (more costly, harder to find).

You do not have to stick to an "hp" branded drive, any brand will work. HP uses Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, Toshiba (re-branded Samsung or hitachi drives usually), and even Hitachi drives, it just depends on what was available and cheap when they ordered the lot for production.

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hello all  i recently buy a lenovo x230 notebooki like to install an 64 msata for booting the operation system ( fedora linux )and an western digital 750-1tb hard disk for the data its possible to do it ??does anibodytried these configuration ??  thanks













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Answer:x230 hard drive question

Yes, this is possible.
 
I have a similar config in my X220, (an earlier generation than yours), with a mSata SSD with Debian and a conventional HDD as data storage

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I have an X220 that recently just had the warranty expire on it, and now the motherboard is shot.  I was wondering if logistically, I could buy an X230, and simply install my old solid state harddrive from the X220, and would the computer function?  If possible, that would be a lot easier than taking the hard drive, having someone back it up, and then reinstalling all of the software and files on the new computer?  Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:X220 Hard Drive to New X230

It should work fine. I would run ThinkVantage System Update in case there's some hardware on the X230 that wasn't on the X220, but apart from that you should be good to go.

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Hi everyone Currently I have a lenovo x230 laptop (2306CTO). I have been noticing a really disgusting smell coming from the hard drive rails. Will I be able to get new rails from Lenovo or do I have to buy them myself? Thanks!













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Answer:X230 New hard drive rails

Give them a phone call, explain the issue and ask for new ones.
 
Although this issue has been reported on the forum and they should send you a new set, worst case they say no and you buy replacement rails inexpensively on Amazon.

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how can i get the password guys [SATA Port 0 WDC WD3200BEVT-24A23Lock] plss help me T_T
 
 

 
 
 
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Answer:HELP - Hard drive password problem

i had the problem thet my laptop wants a password for WDC WD3200BEVT-24A23.What should the solution??

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HI, I have just purchased a x230 and from the beginning it is really slow. From the 1st boot it takes lot of time to boot and apart from that it takes ages to access to some document or launch and application. Just by opening the default Google chrome it pops up a window saying that the hard drive is overloaded by a process. I have launched the hard drive test and it says everything is ok But its not just the hard drive. The CPU also goes crazy and usually goes up to 90-100% performance by doing nothing, which makes impossible to do anything. Just to point out that there is just taken out of the box,with nothing installed and my raspberry is faster than this

Answer:X230 Extremely slow CPU and hard drive

Hi Viserion,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m really sorry to hear that your Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is having performance issues, out of the box.
 
Ensure that air vents are not blocked and there is a proper air flow. Also, check the speeds at which the fan is spinning.
 
1. Remove all external devices and restore factory default hardware configurations by uninstalling all non-bundled devices.
2. Power on the machine with AC adapter and battery then check whether the problem still exists.
3. Go to BIOS by tapping F1 while Lenovo logo appears. Choose Config -> Power and ensure the below settings are as recommended.

Intel(R) SpeedStep technology [Enabled]
Mode for AC [Maximum Performance]
Mode for Battery [Maximum Performance]
Scheme for AC [Maximum Performance]
Scheme for Battery [Maximum Performance]

Then press F9 [Save and Exit].
4. Ensure Power Manager is configured correctly. Open Power Manager, Click Switch to: "Basic", Click "Power Plan" tab, Select "Maximum Performance", Press Apply then click Ok.
5. Bootup and press F8 to enter Safe Mode to check if the bootup speed is normal.
6. Input "msconfig" and click the tab "Startup" to disable all. Reboot and then shut down. If problem resolved, narrow down to specific startup file.
7. Run a complete virus scan.
8. Run Lenovo Solution center diagnostics and check if there is any hardware failure.
9. Run Lenovo system update and Windows update.
 
Hope this helps! Post back if issue persis... Read more

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Hello, I have a T61P that broke.  Both the BIOS and the hard drive were protected by a password.  I have a spare T60P that I swapped the hard drive into but for some reason the password will not work. I know 100% that the password that I am entering for the hard drive is correct as I've been using it everyday for the last 8 months.  Is it something between the two models that would cause a problem?  I know the passwords are stored on the drives themselves so I don't suppose upgrading the BIOS would help. Moderator note: Type added to subject line for clarity. Message Edited by Agotthelf on 27-04-2009 09:12 AM

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Hi,

I have a dell system which is of model optiplex GX620 and a red had linux is an operating system in it. When i try to format system i am not able to do it bcoz somebody have kept the hard drive password in BIOS i dont know that so what is the solution for this problem to get resolved?

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.
 

Answer:problem with hard drive password in BIOS

Please help me soon it is very urgent
 

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Hello,

I have a SEVERE problem. My computer stopped recognizing my hard drive, so I took it over to a friend's and hooked it up to his computer, where I was allowed access to my hard drive. However, the vast majority of my files (pictures, word documents, etc) were stored under my personal folder, which was protected by the basic Windows XP password, and now it will not let me into the folder, as I haven't logged into the account it is used to seeing.

I know all my information is there, but I can't get to it. How can I solve this problem and retrieve my information? It may sound melodramatic but I seriously feel like a significant portion of my life is stuck in that folder, and I'd do nearly anything to get it back. Any help would be genuinely appreciated as I am in great need. Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard Drive change/password problem

Into safe mode and login as Administrator and then change the user functions on that drive
 

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I was on the phone with tech support, and they told me they were shipping Windows 7 and a replacement hard drive. It took 9 days to get the recovery media because someone forgot to add my apartment number to the address. When I called to ask about the drive, they said there had been an error and it will be shipped out that day. I finally get the drive, install Windows 8 and all the Lenovo drivers, and in the end, I can't activate Win 8 because my activation code that came with the computer is only good for Windows 7. I call back to see if they can send me the correct installation media, and it's $69 now. Look i'm in medical school, I really need a computer that works. My computer is still under warranty, doesn't that count? I paid my extra money for the extended warranty, but it seems that deal is no good today. Any tricks on getting the correct installation media mailed to me? Are there work-arounds for activating Win8.1? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hi, All,I had my W500 set  up with both Power-on and HDD passwords. The passwords are the same, and when I type in the power-on password, the password also automatically applied to the HDD password prompt, and the machine boots up. Today I decided to enable fingerpint to be used for power-on (using Lenovo Fingerpring Software). I checked the checkbox that said "Use fingerprint scan instead of poer-on and hard-drive passwords", and checked the checkboxes above the fingers I wanted used in power-on authentication. The problem is that the fingerprint only seems to bypass power-on password, not the HDD password. I still get prompted for HDD password, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of enabling boot-time fingerprint in the first place. Any ideas on how to get it to work properly?Thanks.













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Answer:W500: Fingerprint problem with Hard Drive Password

Hi Hackster, I think the fingerprint reader doesn't assume that the power-on and hdd passwords are the same, and stores them separately even if they are the same. The NEXT time you boot and swipe the same finger, does your hdd password get entered automatically? (I think it will.) You will have to enter the password for every authorized finger, it will be remembered on the next boot. Good luck!-Frank





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I have a Dell Studio 1640 XPS I bought in 2009.  It is an older machine but still runs reasonably well.
Right after purchase I set a HD password in the Phoenix BIOS.
About 4 years ago I was looking in the BIOS and noticed that the HD password was frozen.  I had done nothing that I could recall which would have caused this freeze.  I could not figure out how to unfreeze it.  I was told that Lojack caused the problem, but after discussing this problem with Lojack, I was certain that Lojack was not to blame.  Because I wanted the hard drive to be password protected, which it was, I decided to ignore the problem.
Recently my HD started to shows signs of failure.  Index corruption and significant hesitancy in saving work or moving files made me purchase an SSD to replace the conventional HD.  I used EaseUS (EXCELLENT back up software I highly recommend) to back up the failing HD sector by sector, including the MBF (master boot record).  EaseUS did a great job, but when I rebooted the computer after the old HD OS and data were transferred to the SSD, the boot up did not require entering a hard drive password.  Because I am required to password protect my hard drive I needed to solve this problem.
I went into the Bios/Security and could only set the Supervisor password which protected the access to the BIOS.  It did not change the status of the frozen HD password.  Because I didn't want the BIOS password protected, I removed... Read more

Answer:Frozen Hard Drive Password Problem Solved

The thing for everyone using a hard drive password to note is that the password ties the drive to the sysetm - in other words, if the system fails, it is absolutely essential to have a backup made in advance, since there's no way to remove the password from the drive using another system.
That is something to consider BEFORE employing drive security.

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I have researched my problem with the "Drive Lock Password" for my computer until I was blue in the face. I turn on my computer, it begins the startup, and then stops and asks for a "Drive Lock Password. I have gone to the HP sight, and it quotes:

The Drive Lock password protects the data on your hard drive through encryption. If your computer is stolen, the data on the hard drive is inaccessible without the Drive Lock password. This password can not be reset. If it is lost or forgotten, the hard drive must be replaced. Please contact HP to order a new hard drive. This service is not covered by the warranty.​
My question is, WHEN DID THEY EVER TELL ME MY DRIVE LOCK PASSWORD!! I have never set one, never recieved one, and I am, quite frankly, frustrated t the fact that it just decided one day that I needed to enter one. I had it for two years; and within those two years have accumulated pictures, projects, etc., that I don't have access to now. I don't understand how I am supposed to come up with a password that I never had access to in the first place, even though I bought it from Circuit City July of 2004. Please help!
 

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Hi, Will the hard drive password work if I move the hard drive from a damaged SL500 to a SL510. I set a power-on and hard drive password when the hard drive was in the SL500 (before the laptop got damaged). Thanks for your help!

Answer:Hard Drive Password - moved hard drive to another ThinkPad

Hi tango91a,
 
Can't say for sure, but you'll definitely be able to disable the HDD password on another SL500, and IIRC POP is only tied to the system board and not the HDD.





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My 20 gb hard drive with win 98 as died a death, I have a Toshiba 40 gb laptop hard drive with win 2000 on it which does work, having fitted an adapter and then plugged it in place of the duff one when turning the PC on it stops when trying to recognise the hard drive and hangs.In the bios I have changed it to auto detect but again does not recognise the hard drive, am I missing something fundamental? any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:Replacing Desktop Hard drive with Laptop Hard driv

I Am under the impression that laptop HDD's are not the same as those made for desktop PC's. I may well be wrong, but i would not even try what you have tried, as i would not actually expect it to work.Sorry if not much help.

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Evidently, i have a bad hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 1501 and need to replace it.
Any ideas on the best place to obtain a hard drive and what size I should opt for
My system currently has 1.37 of RAM....best place as far as quality and price.
I would prefer to not spend over 50.00 if possible. Is it something that a novice like myself
can do as far as replacing the hard drive myself????

A couple of other questions if I may......I have another DELL INSPIRON 1525 that I need
to repace the LCD screen (it is cracked).....best place to get a replacement LCD as far
as price is concerned. Again, is this something that a novice like myself can do as far as
replacing the new LCD screen myself???

Would the screens of the Dell 1501 and 1525 be interchangable?? As well as the hard
drives???

Thanks for all the help
 

Answer:Need Help Replacing A Hard Drive

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I am needing to replace a hard drive in an HP Pavilion desktop. I know I need an IDE type. The one I am replacing is a 20GB 5400 RPM. I was told that I have to replace with another 5400 RPM hard drive. Others have told me that it didn't matter. I can use a faster speed. Which is it? I don't want to buy one and find out I got the wrong one or that I could have gone with a faster hard drive. I am trying to go up to a 40GB. I know my computer can support it.
 

Answer:Replacing a hard drive, have ???

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Hi,i'm new to this. The hard drive in my daughters went u/s, so i thought i would replace it myself. Not as easy as i thought, i bought an exact same model, seagate 40Gb. I removed the ribbon and cable from the old drive and put them in the same position on the new one. On powering up i just got a "no rom something" message. So i tried a startup floppy i made, and i got a DOS screen. But it will not accept any commands, so i am stuck, any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Replacing hard drive.

You are right. Not easy. The new hard drive needs to be Fdisked and formatted first before it can be used.Download a Win 98SE boot disk from click hereMake sure the computer boots from the floppy disk first. Go in to the BIOS and change the boot order.Once that is done switch off and then reboot with the boot disk in. When you get to the A:\ prompt type in fdisk and press enter.Follow the prompts. When the disk has been fdisked you will need to reboot (still with the boot disk in) and then when you get to the A:\ prompt type in format c: and press enter.When that is finished you will need to re-install everything from the original disks again.ie. Operating System, motherboard drivers, Sound, etc and all programs that you had on the old hard drive.

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Hi people, I need to replace my hard drive, can anyone advize me for the best way to do this in order copy things over from old one.Cheers Ace.

Answer:Replacing hard drive

Put the new drive in set as master. Load the OS when it is loaded put the old drive in as slave copy anything you need from old drive to new drive. Thats how I would do it but Im sure others will have better methods.

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i,m pondering about replacing the hard drive in my 17 in H.P. laptop
is this something i can do myself ??any help will sure be appreciated.
and advice too.
THANKS
 

Answer:replacing the hard drive can i do it myself??1/15/10

should be able to - HP used to be quite easy to get the harddrive in and out -
whats the exact model
often theres a slot at the side - and screw underneath to removed the HDD
BUT
in order to put the software back on you will need to have the recovery Cds or a Windows CD
Also while its working check all the hardware on the PC and make sure you have a copy of all the drivers
www.belarc.com - should give you all the information about your PC

also the size of the HDD old v New depending on the motherboard bios how big a harddrive it will detect there are limits which different versions of bios would see
 

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Hi I am planning on replacing my current standard default hard drive in my Lenovo w520 laptop with this ThinkPad 500GB 7200rpm 7mm 4K Hard Drive II Part No: 0A65632. (haven't received yet but will soon)

I also have a fresh wd passport ultra 2 tb to perform a backup or to help if needed.

I have never replaced a hard drive before and would like to know the best way to do this as well as copy/ clone ? the original hard drive on to the new hard drive

I am on Windows 7 if that is important

If this is the wrong forum you can move it to the proper one

Thank you for your time any advice would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Replacing my hard drive

Well there's a few options. Seeing as you have a laptop, the best option would probably be a USB to SATA adapter and then you could connect the adapter to your new hard drive and clone your old one to the new one.

Now , I assume you are buying a new hard drive because yours has or is failing? Or just for more storage space?

If it's failing, then you may or may NOT want to clone the drive. The reasoning is because if it's failing then you may copy bad sectors onto the new drive and still have the errors you may have been having before.

The free Acronis program should let you clone the drive.
 

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I just wanted to make sure that there would be no compatibility issues with replacing the hard drive in this computer with a SSD.   The drive I want to use is this: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) .  Thank you for your help in advance.

Answer:Replacing hard drive with SSD

Hi, HP does not use Samsung SSD's for laptops but this should be ok. Regards.

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What is the proceeduure in replacing the hard drive? Is it a matter of reinstalling windows and all the programs and obviosly backup data.The main problem is I have my drive in 3 partitions is there a free prog to do this?Any help and advise appreciatedRegardsDavid

Answer:Replacing Hard drive

This is far simpler than you may imaging, but first can you explain your problem in more detail. What exactly are you trying to do and why? The fact that your HDD has 3 partitions is not, as such, a problem, and installing a new hard disk is not a problem. However, if you want to remove you old hard disk and replace it with a new one, you will need to copy the data from the old to the new. Idelaly a partition manager can do this for you, but you will need to have both HDDs installed at the same time to do this. Let us have more informaiton and we'll advise you what to do.

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Hi, I want to upgrade the current hard drive to an ssd. I have purchased a sandisk ultra ll 960gb and i have used easeus todo backup to clone the c drive. When i swap the disk i don't seem to be able to get passed the bios. I have changed it to recognise the new disk but can't get any further, any ideas as to what i may be doing wrong. thanks Glyn 

Answer:Replacing hard drive

Is the boot drive set to your new SSD? Also,, ensure that BIOS sees your drive in the system, and make sure all connections are solid

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I've got to replace my C drive and I understand that "Ghosting" it would be the easiest way. From my understanding, "Ghosting, cloning, imaging" all do the same thing.

My problem is which program to use. I'm told that Norton Ghost is no longer a ghosting program but a backup utility and after reading about on the Symantec web site, they were right.

Symantec's new "Ghosting" program is called Symantec Ghost Solution Suite. Problem is I can only find it as minimum 5 license use. The new version is 2.0. I've seen some 1.1 versions out there but its description leaves me baffled.

Last, but not least, is Acronis True Image. I've also seen some older versions out there.

I've got my new hard drive ready to lock and load. Just need to know where to start.
 

Answer:Replacing Hard Drive

Imaging and cloning while similar are not the same thing.
If you intend on doing regular backups [very recommended] I would buy acronis true image. If this is a one time thing, drive makers have software that will clone your drive for you. It is not as easy to use as acronis however it works.

FWIW the apps to use for this task are; 1 Acronis TI and 2 Paragon Hard Disk Manager. I will not even mention symantec
 

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Not sure if this goes in here but anyway...

I'm thinking of replacing my ps3's 60GB HDD for a bigger one. So far I've read that the ps3 supports only 2.5 inch 5400 rpm (laptop drives.) I'm thinking of getting either one of these.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22026(ME).aspx?curtab=2
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152135

Could anyone confirm the information above (5400rpm) etc. is correct? Also, i'm looking for about $100-150 price range. And suggest a size. I still don't know how much i need, but i know 60GB isn't enough. And as far as I can tell, it's any capacity, so long it's 5400 rpm and 2.5 inches.

Please confirm/reject/add info, suggest/tell me if mine are good/if you have a better deal\ hard drives.

I'm new to hardware shopping, and since I'm planning on getting a gaming pc soon I guess it pays to know this stuff. So suggest good sites for this kind of thing.

Thanks it advance,

Alias50
 

Answer:Replacing PS3 Hard Drive

Alias50 said:


Not sure if this goes in here but anyway...

I'm thinking of replacing my ps3's 60GB HDD for a bigger one. So far I've read that the ps3 supports only 2.5 inch 5400 rpm (laptop drives.) I'm thinking of getting either one of these.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22026(ME).aspx?curtab=2
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152135

Could anyone confirm the information above (5400rpm) etc. is correct? Also, i'm looking for about $100-150 price range. And suggest a size. I still don't know how much i need, but i know 60GB isn't enough. And as far as I can tell, it's any capacity, so long it's 5400 rpm and 2.5 inches.

Please confirm/reject/add info, suggest/tell me if mine are good/if you have a better deal\ hard drives.

I'm new to hardware shopping, and since I'm planning on getting a gaming pc soon I guess it pays to know this stuff. So suggest good sites for this kind of thing.

Thanks it advance,

Alias50Click to expand...

I think the link to Newegg is a desktop HDD so it will not work, though will go with the gaming PC you want

As to the other, I don't think there any limitations so the 320GB should work.

If you are planning to play a lot of games and have lots of saves, the 60GB should be ok.
 

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hello,
haven't posted here in a while , but I need some advice. yeah, I know, only come around when I need help. i'm replacing a hard drive with bad sectors. it's still working but seems to be slowly going down hill. my main question is what is the best way to clone / copy my operating system and move it to the new drive. any and all advice will be most appreciated. below is the latest info I have for this computer.



LookInMyPC Report



System Vendor Information - What's This?
Manufacturer Chassis Manufacture
Serial Number Chassis Serial Number
Chassis Type Desktop
System Model System Product Name
System Type x64-based PC

BIOS Information - What's This?
BIOS Manufacturer American Megatrends Inc.
Release Date 6/11/2010
BIOS Version 061110 - 20100611
BIOS Version BIOS Date: 06/11/10 14:22:22 Ver: 14.01
Board Product ID M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3



Windows Information - What's This?
Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 Build 7601 64-bit
Serial Number 00359-OEM-8703296-27686
Logged In User firstbuild\rmthurman
System Uptime 0 days, 3 hrs, 45 mins, 0 secs


Processor Information - What's This?
Name Manufacturer L2 Cache Ext Clock Load
AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor AuthenticAMD 2048 KB 200 MHz 23 %


Hard Drive Information - What's This?
Drive Name Capacity Partitions Status
SAMSUNG HD103SJ ATA Device 931 GB 2 OK


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Answer:replacing my hard drive

have you tried this software for a solution, it has worked for me in the past fixing bad sectors ......http://hddregenerator.net/
 

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Hello!I am planning to replace my standard hdd with a ssd and do this on my own, as it is not the first time. In this case, I have a new y510p laptop and I am worried that replacing it means voiding the warranty. Is it true, or are there some parts like hdd, RAM, etc. which are user-replaceable and thus does not void the warranty?Thanks!













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Answer:Replacing the hard drive

Replacing the HDD, RAM, Ultrabay do not void your warranty. (Also, make sure that those parts are recommended in the Manual, or call Lenovo) Although, if those replaced parts fail then I dont think Lenovo will cover that.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 C that I had to remove the hard drive on. I would like to install a new one, but have no clue on what to install, could one of you please advise. If you need further info....I am watching thread. Thanks for your help:cry
 

Answer:Replacing Hard Drive

From looking at your computer specs, I would think that you would need a SATA drive.
 

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Beleive it or not I am still working with a 4.1gig HD
However I am about to purchase a larger HD
I know I can slave it, fdisk and format it to use as storage.
However I would like to know if there is a way I can directly move/copy my entire setup onto the new drive to be able to do without the old drive?
 

Answer:Replacing Hard drive

The drive you buy should have an installation disk with it, Or it can be downloaded from the manufacturers site.
The installation disk will help you set up the new drive, copy the old to the new.

You will need to set the drive up as slave first, then use the software to partition, format, and copy the old drive. Then it's just a matter of changing the jumpers on the drive master/slave making the new drive master.
 

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Can anyone help?I want to fit a new 20gb hard drive to an old compaq pc running windows 98 the present drive is a 2gb. how do I go about doing this.

Answer:replacing hard drive

You could set the 20Gig as the slave drive and transfer all your appz and gamez to it leaving the OS to occupy the 2Gig drive

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Hey guys long time no chat! Listen i bought a new Blank OEM Western Digital Hard Drive. Installed it in place of the old Hard Drive, but i can't get past the BIOS to recognize, format or partition the new hard drive. Western Digital (WD Scorpio Black, 320 GB 7200 RPM). Dell Inspiron 1720 Notebook.. Windows Vista...Note: I have all the installation CD'S that came with the computer... THANKS a Million in advance...
 

Answer:Replacing a bad Hard Drive

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I want to upgrade the capacity on my hard drive. 1. I purchased a Hitachi 320 gb 7200 rpm drive from Drive Solutions which showed it should be compatible with my system. 2. I then had a local computer company clone the new drive from my existing drive and this operation was done successfully. 3. However, when we put the drive into the computer the system does not recognize the new drive.  We have been very careful to install the new drive several times so that I doubt it is a seating problem with the drive. I am wondering if the Thinkpad X60 model 1709H6U can handle the 320 gp capacity and 7200 rpm speed. If so, any suggestions on how to get system to recognize the drive. Thansk

Answer:Replacing hard drive in X60

Welcome to the forum! Your X60 should have no problem recognizing the drive. My assumtions would go this way: a) The drive has not been cloned properly. b) The drive has not been inserted properly. To eliminate the "b", go into BIOS, then "startup", and change the boot mode to "diagnostics", press F10 to save and exit. The machine will now go through every component of the system while booting. Are you able to see your hard drive (fixed disk so-and-so)?Good luck and let us know.

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I need to replace the hard drive on my Lenovo300N100. After I install it how do I reinstall the operating system? It didn't come with a disk. I don't think my back up disk installs the Operating system. Someone told me something about copying the boot partition but I'm not sure how to find it or do it.





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Answer:Replacing hard drive

If you have the ability to slave the drive from another PC  via SATA you will see there are actually 2 or more partitions. One of them is the recovery partition. Which one should be clear when you see them. Just copy it over to the new HD and voila'. I did this to my laptop that just died and it worked without a hitch. Hope this helps.

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Hi,
I have a HP envy 15 and still have the receipt its about 3yrs old but its a great system. I was getting blue screen saying ntfs_system_maintenance and it just kept rebooting over and over again. So I decided to upgrade to an ssd drive but don't have the
windows 8 product key that I need to make the usb boot up driver to make the new ssd work. Would someone help me to get the product key for my windows 8 and any other tips would be massively helpful cause I'm doing all of this for the first time and not sure
of anything. Thank you.

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Have a Maxtor 7200 ATA/EIDE 80GB. hard drive. Software that came with it was suppose to copy old drive to new but the program said "NTFS/HPFS partitions was found on drive 1 (old drive) cannot process these partition types"
Not sure what to do, also I have Win2000 professional that came with the computer but no disk, will it copy over to new HD?
Thanks,
Don
 

Answer:replacing hard drive

Hi Don, try downloading and make a bootable disc with MaxBlast 3 and see if that works with your OS:

http://maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/maxblast3.htm

 

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Hello all, I have the lenovo y50 non-touch, and I want to replace the 1 TB + 8gb ssd hard drive because it keeps freezing up windows. (Unfortunately, lenovo is straight-up ignoring the problem). Will any hard drive work or do I have to use a specific brand because the laptop is whitelisted? Thanks for hearing me out.

Answer:Replacing Y50 Hard Drive

A freeware program called QuietHdd will stop the freezes.  I'm not saying it's a permanent solution but it will eliminate a lot of your frustration.

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Sorry if this is super-basic but I have been having problems with my PC for a while now and am looking to fix it as soon as possible.

I was wondering if buying a new hard drive would basically fix it as the problem is most likely with my software. I have addressed the actual issue in another thread here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/844275-unfixable-problem-xp-reinstall-error.html

I am not rich or anything I am just desperate to get my PC back working as I need it for my Music studies!

Appreciate any help.
 

Answer:What does replacing a hard drive do???!?!?

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I took a HD from with a working Vista Home Premium O.S. from a Sony Vaio and put it in a Dell Dimension
The system worked fine for several days. Then a message appeared saying that I may have an illegal copy of windows.
it will not let me activate windows nor let me do any windows update.
Any help to solve this problem would be appreciated
cojo

 

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The copy of Windows Vista that came with the Sony Vaio is not licensed to be used on another computer. If you don't have a license and key for the Dell, you'll have to buy one.
 

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When replacing a hard drive what all do I need to look for other than sata/pata and size? Friend has an older PC desktop HP Pavilion m9550F that has failing 1TB Seagate STX ST31000340AS. Due to age, they're not looking to put a lot of money into the system.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Replacing a hard drive ?s

Hard drives are very simple to replace you don't need anything special as long as its a sata hard drive you are good to go.

The only other things to factor in is the speed, cache, size solid state drive etc.. all of which further your costs depending on how much efficiency you want.

Since you stated you are in a budget ( or your friend is) i suppose a sata 500 gb hard drive will do you for you.

If you don't mind something used , and buy from a reputable seller on something like ebay you can probably snatch one for about $30. Of course i am assuming you are in the states but the same would probably apply if you are in the uk ( price will be a bit more though).

So for example type in something like WD5000AVDS 500gb and you can find your replacement drive. Please note i just used a western digital drive as an example you can pick what you wish, i personally use and like the speed of this specific drive ( WD5000AVDS) but it was just a mere example.

What is your budget exactly? I mean besides what i mentioned above the only other thing is since you have a desktop to make sure its 3.5''

Another drive like the one you own is probably only about $60 brand new, and about 35-40% less if bought used , but again i am basing these prices off my currency ( usd) so i am not sure where you are located.
 

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Today, I reinstalled windows xp, because apparently, our computer got a few viruses that we were unable to get rid of.  I copied everything important onto D Drive (because viruses are on c drive) and nuked C Drive. Installation worked perfectly, I was able to reinstall everything back onto the computer. However, when I opened D drive to reclaim all my documents, instead of finding the 'D' stuff, I instead find the stuff previously inside C-Drive. Everything, from the program files, the pictures, documents. I haven't found any of my old D-Drive documents, so apparently, C-Drive replaced D-Drive or something. At the moment, D-Drive has EVERY SINGLE FILE that used to be in C-Drive (including important ones like 'WINDOWS' and 'system 32')Now, obviously, I tried to open a few of the programs in D-Drive. The funny thing is, a few of the programs (like firefox) works, but other programs doesn't (like Microsoft Word, which gave me an error that says "The operating system is not presently configured to run this application.")I checked the 'Add or Remove program' window to see if the programs were installed into the computer, but nothing was listed there but my drivers. The programs that worked, such as firefox, didn't show up on the program list, even thou I can run it just fine. I then tried to create a desktop shortcut that linked directly to the program in D-Drive, but when I click on the shortcut, it doesn'... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive replacing each other

QuoteI copied everything important onto D DriveHow did you copy files?   How did you 'nuke' C:?

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Hi,My Compaq Presario 2568CL laptop's hard drive is having "SMART Failure Predicted" message and Windows cannot boot up any more.  Can I replace the hard drive, which is of ATA-6 Interface, with a new hard drive with an ATA-7 Interface (it is on sale!)?  I think it is OK but would appreciate your expert opinion.Thanks in advance!

Answer:Replacing hard drive: ATA-6 to ATA-7

Does your laptop have a SATA interface? If so, you can use an ATA-7 drive with it, if not, you will have to use an ATA-6 drive.ATA-1 to ATA-6 .... IDE interfaceATA-7 .... SATA interfaceATA-8 .... designated for use with hybrid drives that feature internal flash memory cache.

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Here is my problem, I have a compaq presario 2175us with 40 gig hard drive. The hard drive is having problems, and since the comp is under warranty, compaq is sending me a replacement hard drive. Once it gets here, I have 15 days to send the defective one back. I would like suggestions of a way to transfer the contents of my existing drive to the new drive (I really don't want to have to reinstall everything and spend hours getting my system back to the way I like it). Unfortunately, I do not have an extra drive bay. I am seeking a solution that will enable me to do this without a large expense. It will cost $90 to have an authorized service center transfer the contents, and that seems absurd to me. I would be willing (though not happily) to spend up to $50 in hardware to accomplish this, but I would like to be able to use it after this one-time problem. For example, if I bought an external hard drive case so I could connect the new hard drive via usb or firewire, I would want the case to also support a desktop hard drive. This way, after I make the transfer and send the old hard drive back to compaq, I would be able to buy an inexpensive internal hard drive, install it in the case, and have a drive for backup purposes. Other suggestions are very welcome. Thanks.
 

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So I have a HP Media Center computer running Windows XP Media Center Edition. Recently the hard drive gave out and I'm looking to replace it. I have a few questions before I start this though.

I keep reading that I will have to re-install the OS after replacing the hard drive. What CD would I use for that? The recovery disc?

Also this computer has a D: drive which it says has 8 GBs and I've heard that this is the partition where the OS files are on. Does this mean I won't need the CD's and it will reinstall the OS itself?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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hello, i hope some one can answer my question. i have a  HP pavilion g7-2325dx,  the hard drive has crashed and burn and must be replace. I'm replacing it but how do I get windows 8.1 or 10 back on the hard drive? can i get this from HP? do i have to buy window 10? or...........ect?   thanks for the help

Answer:hard drive and OS replacing

tjoe81 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! First, regarding restoring Win8.   Ordinarily, I would recommend using HP Recovery Media to restore your PC to its original condition. That would erase the entire drive, format the drive, and install the OS, the drivers, and the HP utilities.Unfortunately, there is no HP Recovery Media linked to the HP Product Page for your PC. This could be an oversight by HP, or it could also mean that HP no longer stocks the recovery media for your PC. They no long stock recovery media for the older PCs.You can try contacting HP Customer Support directly, using the links below, to see if you can order if from them: If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.htmlNOTE: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836 ----------------------- Second, regarding Win10: You can create Win10 install media using this link:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install?ocid=ms_wol_win10 Since your PC was already running Win10, it was registered with the Microsoft Activation servers.  That means after you reinstall Win10, once you connect ... Read more

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Hi guys- I've got a Compaq deskpro EP series with a 20 Gig HDD and a 10Gig one. The 20 Gig has the O/S on it- Win98. I'm planning on replacing that HDD, as it sounds like a vacum cleaner & makes awful noises.
I've formatted HDDs & replaced OS before- but never with 2 HDDs. What's the easiest way of doing it guys?
The HDD I'm installing is a second hand Western Digital Protege 20Gig.

ag100

Answer:Replacing hard drive

Lets see, So you will have dual 20 Gig Hdds?
Reformat both clean.
Set one as slave one as master. (Set jumpers)
Put the OS on the Master.

~Joe

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My laptop is dead. I need to replace the old hard drive with a new one. Can I replace a hard drive (5400RPM) with another hard drive (7200rpm) without having problems, i.e.: overheating. Thanks!
 

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Likely not. That's why most laptops are 5400rpm.

The only lapper that use 7200rpm drives are normally gaming lapper, which a lot of the times, have secondary cooling.

Go with an SSD if you want speed. Costs a bit more per GB but is way faster.
 

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Hi everyone, My son brought me his laptop to replace the hard drive. I am pretty good at fixing things if I have instructions, etc. I have replaced 2 lcd screens on laptops, touch screens on ipods and on touch phones.. So I can figure things out.

My problem is that I want to look to find the replacement on line and I am having trouble. If I put exactly the model of the computer I dont get very many choices. Does it have to be the exact same hard drive or are they a little more universal?

I also dont want to spend a lot of course... Here are the specs on all of it:

The computer is a Compaq Presario CQ62 219 WM. Yes the cheapy from Walmart.

The hard drive was a Seagate Momentus 5400.6
Serial ATA Disc Drive

Below it says:

Replace with HP Spare
599057-001
7F1054

He lives near Chicago and the place he took it to wanted $300 to fix it. He told him that lightning had got it and it had black residue on it.. It does not have that. It looks fine to the eye. He is getting the message:

No bootable device-- insert boot disk and press any key.

Also, he was told he had to buy a new operating system. This laptop had windows 7 but he needs to save money so he would be happy with Windows XP if it would save him money.

So can you send me in the direction of finding a hard drive to fit this computer and an OS that wont break his bank? We were hoping to fix it for $150 to $180. Yes going to buy another one for $350 makes more sense but he just cannot do that at this time.. thank you ... Read more

Answer:***Replacing my first Hard Drive*****

When I did a research on Compaq Presario CQ62 219 WM in the Internet it came back with the following spec for the hard disk

250 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm

Nowadays the laptop hard disks are mostly Sata II with speed up to 300Mb/s or twice as fast your old hard disk. Its 150 means 150Mb/s. The latest Sata is Sata III capable of 600Mb/s.

Usually you can buy any Sata II 2.5" hard disk and it should be backward compatible, meaning it can run at both 150 or 300Mb/s speed. It may be difficult to buy the old Sata I hard disks as they are obsolete and can be out of stock in the shops.

You can use any brand as they are all compatible. I use all of them and never have any preference between Hitachi, Samsung, Fujitsu, Western Digital, Seagate or Toshiba, though WD is known to be reliable whereas Samsung is the quiet one. The size doesn't matter either and you can install 1TB hard disk if you can afford it. The speed is only for higher performance. 5400rpm is pretty standard. 7200rpm gives you a faster response and a SSD (solid state hard disk with only ram inside) is the fastest 2.5" laptop hard disk you can buy at a premium.

If you are strap for cash you can download a Linux distro and use it. I have several PC running only Linux. They are free open source software and are more powerful than the MS proprietary OS. A good choice will be Ubuntu. You go to their web site, say distrowatch.com, and download an iso file with which you burn it into a CD. Just about ev... Read more

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Ok, I have a hard drive that my system is showing needs to be replaced soon. When I install the new hard drive, hopefully before the old one dies, can I transfer all of the data, including the OS onto the new one? Or can I install the OS on the new drive and then trasfer updates and other files to the new hard drive. I have seen cloning programs that seem to do this, as well as freeware programs.....do I stay away from freeware??

Answer:Replacing bad hard drive

I would make an image with Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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First off, I wasn't sure if this belonged in hardware or software as it involves both, so I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place.  My hard drive has been making odd grinding noises lately and finally started operating slowly and crashing on me.  I'm assuming I need to replace it. The problem is, when I bought my computer (a VAIO VGN-FS730/W notebook) it did not come with any installation disks for the pre-installed software including windows xp. This means that if I buy a new hard drive, I will not only lose my pre-installed programs, but I will have no way to install the operating system.  Is there any way to do this without the CD or do I have to buy a new copy of the operating system?PS please don't suggest upgrading to Vista, there is no way my computer can handle it.

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If you are the original owner and registered your purchase with Sony I would contact them pronto for an operating system CD. Don't take no for an answer.

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Sadly, my hard drive has "issues" and needs to be replaced.  I can not find it anywhere and the tech support would'nt help. I heard thst you have to remove the keyboard, I see there is screw with a keyboard icon.  I unscrewed it but i can't remove it. Any pointers? 

Answer:Replacing Hard drive for S12

If it's still in warranty, get it serviced. Sadly, the HDD is not a 'customer replaceable unit' with the S12. (obviously, it can be done, but it ain't easy) I've seen a guide round here somewhere that tells you how to do it, but, iirc, I think the you need do something with the plastic strip between the keyboard and power/onekey/volume/quickstart buttons - that holds the keyboard in place, I think. Anyway, try a search, or Kalvin might be along with his linky-generating-machine at some point...





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I cant remove keyboard pad to replace hard drive on a Averatec 3200 laptop
Tank You
 

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Are you sure it is not accessible from the bottom?
 

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I have a pc with hitachi ic35l060avv207-0 60gb ide  hard drive , which is almost full , even with all photos etc moved off to an external hard drive.     I am intending to fit a 400gb hard drive , is it possible to do a complete copy of existing harddrive on to new one , and then remove old drive , and fit new one in its place .     Will this drive do the job  SEAGATE HD IDE 400GB UDMA 100 7200RPM 8MB OEM?  and would this software enable me to do the change ,  Acronis True Image Home 2009 ?    would I need to get any extra cables etc ?    The computer works well ,it has 1GB ram, and is Amd athlon 2.6+ , and has a high spec game card (cant remember which one )   

Answer:Replacing Hard drive

Laptop or desktop ? ?If it's a desktop the procedure is way simple...Seagate drives now ship with a FREE copy of Acronis disk tools so you're in the bonus round already...Hook up the Seagate as a slave drive.Install the Seagate software to a folder on the existing drive (this is for rescue purposes )Boot to the Seagate CD and select the "clone" option.There is an option to create a Rescue CD/floppy...i suggest taking the time to do so...This will now clone the old drive to the new Seagate.When finished power down.Completely disconnect the old drive for now...and connect the Seagate as master Power up and your OS and all your apps and data should be intact.Run it this way for a week or so until you are satisfied that everything works as it should...You can then re-introduce the old drive jumpered as a slave drive...format it and use it for additional storage...Best of Luck.

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I need new hard drive for power spec pc pentium 2

I know less than nothing about hard drives but I do have technical aptitude and can replace it myself.

Question: How interchangeable are hard drives? I see one for 73 dollars from an advertiser...40 gbyte.Maxtor.# 6EO40L0
I'd buy this one if some tech herein will confirm that some or most of these are intercgangeable.

Thanks...maybe!

One added comment..I also have an e machine from 1999 vintage that needs a hard drive as wqell, thoguh this particular one will still work intermittently.... any suggestions???

Oneoldman
 

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My Pc has two HDDs,an 8GB primary and a 20 GB slave drive.The primary,which has the XP OS on it, is full to capacity so I want to replace both with one large drive.I can handle the installation bit but would like an 'idiots guide' to re-installing XP and formatting the new drive.I have the XP discAny help would be gratefully received

Answer:Replacing a hard drive

click here should help.

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Compaq C751 Lap Top     By removing 18 screws on the back, to remove the back cover, will it expose the hard drive                                          so it can be removed and replaced?                         

Answer:Replacing the Hard Drive

Most laptops have a small access door on the bottom where you remove 1 or 2 screws to gain access to the hard drive but not all do (my Toshiba doesn't).  In that case, it may be necessary to remove the entire bottom panel to be able to replace the drive.  That's not guaranteed either, on an Acer netbook I had, it was necessary to remove it's motherboard in order to access the drive.  I can't say whether removing the bottom will be enough on your Compaq, maybe you could contact Compaq/HP and ask them.BTW, is that a C751NR?  When I was Googling for info, I saw that model and wasn't sure if it was the same.

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I think this question should be an easy one for the computer buffs.
I would like to replace my hard drive with a new and bigger one. but I don't want to lose anything I already have on the old drive.
Can anyone go through the procedure for me. Not the physical installation, I'm more than happy with that, but the software side of things. So when I remove the smaller/older drive nothing will have change except the size..... I hear size does matter.
My system is a Compaq, 20gegdrive with ME.

 

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I recently replaced the hard drive of my gateway notebook.
After reinstalling windows vista home premium the bulit in webcam and microphone was not working. I redownloaded the drivers that I needed. The webcam is up &&running again but not my bulit in microphone. I dont know what to do. I downloaded the audio driver off gateway's site but the microphone isnt working. I check to see if its on and it is but as I test it out by trying to record myself I can barely hear myself there is all this cloud like static I hear and my voice far in the background. Could barely hear it.

What could it be?

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I want to replace my hard drive in another computer. The hard drives don't look too pricey, around a 100 bucks. I doubt that old cheap computer had an expensive hard drive in it? A new hard drive doesn't have an operating system, does it? Unless you use some type of linux, a new operating system is around 200 bucks for windows, correct? Can I do this for less than 300 bucks. I don't know that much about linux. thanks

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Hard drives do not come with operating systems on them. If you're replacing a hard drive in a computer, you'll either have to clone your old drive's data onto it and expand the partitions to fill up the free space or install Windows onto your new hard drive and then transfer over your files from the old one. You can install Windows by buying an installation disk or using the recovery/installation disk that came with your computer.To better answer your question, why are you replacing the old drive?

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Hello,I just replaced my t60 with a brand new hard drive. I have a Windows disc to install but before I can install Windows I was told I need to boot it from a disc. Which disc do I need exactly as I've searched restore/boot discs and they are all different. I want to know the name exactly of the one I need to get. Also, if someone could tell me exactly what I need to do once I have this disc that would be great.

Answer:T60 replacing hard drive

You just said you have a windows setup disc, that's the disc you need to boot from...   it's that simple, just boot and install. When it's up and running, install lenovo thinkvantage system update and let it install all your drivers.  





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My desktop hard drive is about ready to go out on me. It has been acting erratic and causing many problems. What program or procedure would I use to transfer the operating system I now have on the hard drive? The drive contains a partitioned section containing all that stuff and I do not have a set up CD (I do have the Windows XP Home software key). Since the desktop is an old one (but still in great shape) I want to be reasonable in my HD purchase any suggestions? I currently have a 40G in it.
Thanks for the assist
Old Sarge
 

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Hi

My suggestion is to image/clone your hdd onto backup media with this free app http://majorgeeks.com/EASEUS_Todo_Backup_d6195.html then install your new hdd and with the bootdisk that this app can create, boot to it and restore your cloned working OS and apps


Forgot about hard drive recomend, question is how much would you be spending for this hdd? Western Digital drives are good and one of their range would be my suggestion, just depends on hos much you wish to spend
 

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I believe my hard drive may be getting tired. Sometimes it makes strange whining noises. I tried to copy my entire C: to a second hard drive but got error messages that it couldn't copy some files. (I was hoping to be able do that then reconfigure the second drive as master and boot to it.) I have made a backup of all of the C: drive on DVDs. What strategy should I use to minimize the pain of replacing the hard drive that I normally boot to? I am running WinXP Pro.

Thanks for your help.

Don
 

Answer:What ti do before replacing hard drive?

Download the free disk utilities from the HDD manufacturer and use them to copy the whole drive/partition across.

If you do it in Windows or XP the OS wouldn't like it because of the shared files violation. Even the famous Norton Ghost (paid, not free) has to do it outside the Windows in Command mode.

With cloning the drive there is no need to do a back up (unless the disk fails during the cloning process) because you do not touch the old HDD except use it to read the data.

You need to set the jumper for the new unit (no jumper reset if you are doing it in "cable select")and run until you are satisfied, then you can do what you like with the old unit.
 

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The odd noises my comp is making is, apparently, my hard drive giving up the ghost! I intend to purchase a new hard drive, and hope to install it myself. How do I go about formatting the new drive?Its a Mesh computer, with a IDE/ATAPI interface, for which I gather any good IDE PATA drive will be suitable. Any advice would be gratefully received. I have a MESH disaster recovery disk, but not a Windows one.I've copied the C drive to an external hard drive already.

Answer:Replacing hard drive....

If you have a prog such as Ghost or Acronis you could save your present hard drive and just run the prog after you have installed the new drive to clone the new one. If not you will have to install the new drive and run your recovery disk which will put the pc back to how it was when it first came to you. Make sure you back up all your data as it will not be there after the recovery disk has done its business.

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