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So i have to replace my hard drive...how to choose?

Question: So i have to replace my hard drive...how to choose?

I have a lenovo t61 and I need to replace the harddrive, but I dont know what to look for. Will any hardrive work, what does it need to have? Does it need to be a lenovo specific one? Thanks for any help

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Preferred Solution: So i have to replace my hard drive...how to choose?

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: So i have to replace my hard drive...how to choose?

as long its SATA, 9.5 mm thickness and 2.5 inch factor, then it is okay, you can choose any maker... but people usually buy Seagate, Hitachi and WD.

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

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

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

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

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I want to buy a large hard drive for storage. I am looking at this one here . It looks pretty good. I noticed that it is IDE Ultra ATA100 interface and my mobo here is just IDE. What does that mean? Can I order this HDD and be able to put it right in without an adapter or such? What is the difference betwixt IDE and Ultra IDE? thanks
 

Answer:choose my hard drive please...

U asked for ATA100? Forget it, that will slow down your pleasure time. Take this sata.

Your motherboard supports SATA, so take it.

You posted the HDD you wanted is... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144392 <Slower.

I want you take this big mutha...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136003 <Sure it cost 14 dollars more, but the real itself is perfomance. You will love this hard drive.


ATA100 <Used in Pentium 2/3, Much slower and outdated technology.
UATA100/133 Much common used and uses better reading cache. Has plenty of bottlenecks <Lag and slowdown.
SATA was the best thing on today, because it has no bottleneck and can read much fast.
 

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Boss man wants be to build a refurbished 2nd hand machine for the warehouse.

Now I got an oportunity to get rid of one of my 40Gb Hard Drives that I have in my other computer.

I got a Maxtor 40Gb @ 7200 RPM and a Seagate 40Gb @ 7200 RPM in my other computer. One of them is going to get upgraded to a Seagate 80 Gb @ 7200 RPM.

Now the problem I face is this, which hard drive should I keep?

MAXTOR 40Gb :- Apart from being a Maxtor (a brand I do on trust to even pr0n), there is nothing wrong with the drive. However Maxtors in my eyes have always had a rather large failure rate.

SEAGATE 40Gb :- Worked fine..... except for the fact that 2 middle pins on the the molex connection are missing thanks to Hucules-The-Computer-Tech. Normally I trust Seagate, but with the fact that it's missing 2 pins on the molex connection, I am rather doughtful.

Both Hard Drive are 2 years old.

Answer:Help Me Choose with Hard drive to get rid of first

well if it's missing the a couple pins out of the molex connector isn't that going to prevent it from working right at all?

I don't like maxtor but it seems like you'd have to go that route

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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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Hi Guys, I currently have an AMD Sempron 2400 & 224mb ram, not very satisfactory, can't trawl the web and run Outlook at the same time without running out of just about everything, system rescources running dangerousy low etc:

I have limited pc skills and don't know the best way to go, probably the first would be is scrap it but can't afford to so I will have to try to upgrade as cheaply as possible.

Can anyone tell me what i need to look out for and what would be the compatible HD's for this system and would it be adviseable to increase memory to 512mb ram ?

Many thanks guy's.
 

Answer:Which Hard Drive to choose - Pitfalls

Ram would be the first thing to upgrade, use this as a guide,

http://www.crucial.com/
 

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I'm not a major geek, that's why I'm here. I need a high performance computer
but can't possibly afford it. My old piece of junk is failing fast. Therefore,
I need to order a computer today! I'm going to get an HP and the choices are so limited Argggggghhh.
MY QUESTIONS:
1) Which is better or is there any significant difference?
320GB RAID 0 (2x160GB SATA HDDS)
OR
400GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

2) Are RAID 0 known to fail often? Is it a less safe bet than the SATA?

I use my computer mostly for Photoshop, downloading video, making DVDs - heavy on multimedia.
Thanks for any advice!
 

Answer:Choose a hard drive today

Thank you for the information and brilliant insight. I am overwhelmed by the responses.
 

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how do I choose which hard drive to boot from?

I have an ide and a saider raid hard drive I want it to boot from the ide but when I plug in the raid hard drive there is a lag in starting the computer.In bios I have it set to boot from A ,cdrom, then hard drive.It dosent give me a choice which one.there is a choice for a scuzy drive should I use that for the hard drive on the ide?
 

Answer:how do I choose which hard drive to boot from

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I really want to buy the best deal possible for an extra hard drive for my computer. My MB is an Asus A7V8X-X and right now, I have an 80 gig ultra-ATA Maxtor hard drive. There are several great deals on SATA drives, but I don't think my MB supports SATA--but could I add a PCI card with SATA connections and have it work that way? Or use some kind of adapter? What is my best option?
 

Answer:How to choose an extra hard drive for my MB

A second IDE is the easiest thing to do with that board. Your Maxtor is probably DMA6, so it is plenty fast.

But, yes, a card to add SATA (and more IDE drives) can be added easily and allow you to use SATA. I have an extra 500 GB SATA on an A7V8X just because the price was irresistable.
 

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I like to play around refurbishing old computers. I have a kinda cool older motherboard, Micro-Star International ms-6738 that could use a cpu upgrade but the manual has me a bit baffled. Could be I'm just not reading it correctly.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13159820/KM2M-ComboL-MS6738-Manual

It says:

CPU -
Socket A for AMD® Duron/Athlon/ XP processor.
Supports 1GHz to Athlon/ XP 2600+ processor

Its the 'to' in the second line that has me confused. Does that mean it will or will not support the xp 2600+ processor?

http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/processor/xp2600.htm mentions that the Athlon xp 2600 runs at 2 GHz. The board has a Duron processor on it currently.

I'll run puppy linux or ubuntu on it eventually, but would also like to give it a new hard drive to replace the big 18 gb one it has now. I'm wondering just how much hard drive it would tolerate and still work reasonably well.

thanks in advance,

mystmaiden
 

Answer:which cpu to choose and what size hard drive

That means that it will support upto and including the xp 2600+and that includes the Socket A Durons. The 2600+would be faster than the Duron processor. You should be able to run a 120Gb hdd on that board no problem. Those prices the second link gave are very old prices, if you can find a 2600+ you should be able to pick it up for about $10 or $20 US. Just 6 months ago I donated to a school 15 2600+ processors.
 

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Hello,ive got a 64 bit system with hard drives c: and D: each with 125gig of ram. Vista is installed on C: but how do i access the 125gig free space on D:, When ever i download it always goes to C: without giving me the option to download to D: Sorry if this is a noob question

Answer:how do i choose which hard drive i download to

Originally Posted by case998


Hello,ive got a 64 bit system with hard drives c: and D: each with 125gig of ram. Vista is installed on C: but how do i access the 125gig free space on D:, When ever i download it always goes to C: without giving me the option to download to D: Sorry if this is a noob question



I'm guessing from your post, you automatically want to have files saved to D: when you save them, or download from the internet, right?

You can re-direct your personal user folders to folders on your D:

Just follow instructions of "Method One" in this tutorial: Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location

From there, whenever you save a new document, picture or download, it should automatically go to your D:, or to wherever you re-directed your user folders.

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Hi there,

Sorry for my english, i've try to search the forum before posting this, but my english is not very good, so it's very hard to exacly find what i'm looking for.

I've install a fresh Windows 7, but like XP, I want to choose the hard-drive to monitor for a possible "restore". Example, i want to restore my computer 3 days ago. The problem is I have few partition and I don't want to windows restore old file too from the other partition.

But in Windows 7, I don't see anywhere this option to choose the drive to monitor and the drive to NOT monitor, like this:

C:\ monitor is ON
D:\ monitor is OFF
E:\ monitor is OFF
F:\ monitor is OFF
G:\ monitor is OFF

In other word, I just want to Windows monitor ONLY the drive C.

Thanks alot, hope you all understand what i mean!

Answer:Choose a hard-drive to monitor for restore

Start at step #3,

System Restore

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I'm doing a clean install on my computer, and it's going alright until it asks me to choose which hard drive I want to install Windows 7 on.
Apparently I have 2: a C drive and a D(Recovery) drive.

What should I do in this situation? Should I just install on the C drive, or should I do what it says here:
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

and delete the partitions and create a new one.

Help me out, thanks.

Answer:Clean Install: Which Hard Drive do I choose?

Is the recovery D: drive from a factory install computer ?

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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 want to buy the new W540 now with HDD and upgrade it with SSD in the future, do I need to choose "Micro Hard Drive (mSATA)" now? Can I still directly replace the HDD with SSD without choosing this mSATA? Thank you very much Tao  

Answer:Do I need to choose "Micro Hard Drive (mSATA)" when I buy a W540 with HDD now?

I'm also curious about this. Would I be able to buy my own mSATA without choosing this option?

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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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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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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 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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Hi there! When I double-click on my hdd, i get a window instead  with a message telling me 'Choose a program you want to use to open this file:'I have the Kaspersky 6 Anti-virus software installed in my computer. When I ran it, it detected the virus Trojan-PSW.Win32.WOW.aid. The virus is gone (I think) but the hdd problem is still there-I can't open the drive. I've tried to do a disk cleanup & disk fragmentation but this did not help. Can any good samaritan pls tell me how to solve this problem? 

Answer:When I double-click on my hard disk drive, the message - 'Choose the program ...

Did you scan and remove the infection in Safe Mode?What operating system?

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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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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













Solved!

Go to Solution.

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

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

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

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


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


Thanks in advance

Larry
 

Answer:Replace the hard drive?

Sounds simple enough, thanks
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:How do I replace a hard drive.

Use the Clone Image function in True Image - click here

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

Answer:R40 hard drive replace?

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

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Question: Replace hard drive

I 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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Question: replace hard drive

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

Answer:replace hard drive

Yes, it's pretty much that simple.
 

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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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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 am running Windows XP using an Abit AV8 motherboard.

I currently have two hard drives install under my IDE connection

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

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

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

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

Answer:Want to replace Hard Drive

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





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

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

Answer:Had to replace hard drive. Need help!

We need more information, Please look here.

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

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

Answer:A50 - Trying to Replace the Hard Drive

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

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

I 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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Question: hard drive replace

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

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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.

Answer:replace hard drive

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

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













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Answer:How do I replace my Hard Drive?

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

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

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 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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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 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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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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Question: HARD DRIVE REPLACE

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

Answer:HARD DRIVE REPLACE

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

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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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Question: Replace Hard Drive

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

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

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:replace hard drive help

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

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Hey guys,
So last Friday my computer (dell inspiron 1525 from 10/2008 running vista) completely froze up, restarted and windows wouldn't load ran a test and got a 2000-0146. I reinstalled OS and the drivers and everything seemed to be good until last night. This time the computer kept trying to repair but it would just fail due to a bad disk, tried to reinstall the OS in doing so i notice that it said disk may fail soon. I proceeded anyway, got to a point I could set a check disk test on the startup, but it hung up in the test and now windows won't load again.

I just don't know enough about computers to be confident in replacing a hard drive vs. buying new computer. Any thoughts/insight you can provide would be appreciated. I'd hate to go through the steps on buying and replacing the hard drive and that not correct the problem

Thank you,
 

Answer:replace hard drive or buy new computer

A new HDD like one of These will be much cheaper than a new computer ...
And a fresh install of Windows should make it run like new again.

New computers will come with Windows 7.
I'm reading that Windows 7 will be obsolete in about a year .. (or a little over) .. Might as well wait
 

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













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Answer:Can you replace the X200 hard drive?

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

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

Answer:Replace Hard drive in new laptop

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

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

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

K
 

Answer:Novice Wants to Replace Hard Drive

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

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

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











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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive problems? Replace or not?

Try a format and if that dosent work, replace it.

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

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

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

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

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

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The hard drive in my E-system 3115 broke. I replaced the hard drive with a western digital 80gb. I ordered the recovery disks from The Tech Guys. I've screwed in the new hard drive and turned the laptop on, started it up and put the CD in. It's currently saying "Operating system not found".
Any ideas on how to get the CD to run? I thought it would automatically go through the recovery process when I inserted the CD.
 

Answer:E-system replace hard drive

Is your CD drive listed as 1st boot device in your bios?
 

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

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

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

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I have an ASUS eee PC model 1005HAB with a crashed hard drive.

This model netbook does not have a "trap door" on the back or a slide out drive bay. It appears I have to take the entire back off of the unit to access and replace the drive.

I've tried removing the 4 corner screws; the back case won't budge.

I'm trying to locate a service/repair manual. ASUS' web site doesn't have it available as a download and I would rather not pay an unknown source found in a Google search in advance for a manual that may or may not be the official one (I've been burned on this before).

Any ideas on where to find a legitimate download of ASUS eee PC repair manuals? Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Answer:Replace hard drive on ASUS ee PC

Here you go. Not the repair manual but hope this helps.

Asus Eee Pc 1005HAB Tear-down Disassembly How To get to Hard Drive
 

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I need to replace the hard drive in a 1625CDT. I have a drive, but can't figure out how to get the case open. I also can't find any support documents with instructions how to do this.

Can anyone supply directions to do this?

Please don't tell me to take it to a service center. I'm a PC tech and know how to work on computers... just not this laptop.

I just need directions on how to get inside the case to the HD. Email me offline if need be.

Thanks

Answer:How do I replace a hard drive in 1625CDT?

Hi Roger

Well, if you are a PC technician so it should be not very difficult for you to change the HDD. A assembling of all notebooks is very similar and it should be possible for you to change or to find the HDD without any detailed instruction.
But nevertheless I will try to help you:

Before starting the procedure please remove the battery.
Then remove the keyboard. To remove the keyboard please remove the Strip cover. The System Status Indicator Panel is designed to snap-fit
into place. Do not use excessive force to remove or replace it.
Remove the 3 screws on the unit button. (There are mark ?K? around the screw hole). Remove the four screws holding the keyboard in place.
Now gently lift the keyboard.
Pull the keyboard FPC connector and T/P FPC connector safety lock in upward direction.
Then remove the Combo Module 1 screw. Remove the ram door.
Remove the Combo Module screw (M2.5+18FP) holding the Combo Module in place.
Pull up the Combo Module FPC connector.
Then the Combo Module will be pulled out, you can easily take out the Combo Module entirely easily

Remove the System Status Indicator Panel. The System Status Indicator Panel is designed to snap-fit into place. Do not use excessive force to remove or replace it.
Remove the four screws holding the keyboard in place.
Now gently lift the keyboard, placing it face down on the touch pad. Take care that you don?t damage the ribbon cable attached to the keyboard.
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I bought an IBM R40 used on ebay.  It came without recovery disks or OS disks.  It has been bullet proof for 3 years and I travel for a living.  Nothing fancy, just works. One day booting up, I get a "Fixed Disk Failure".  So I found a replacement 40GB HDD on ebay at a great price and it is a Hitachi, just like the one I pulled out.  I installed it and then ordered a set of recovery CDs from Lenovo.  They run $45US. It comes as a set of 4 CDs and it supposed to include all preloaded software, drivers and a copy of Windows XP.  I booted to the CD and followed the instructions through all 4 CDs.  At the end of the 4th CD it says:  "Recovery Continuing, Remove any diskettes or CDs from the drives, and press Enter to restert your computer."  When I do that, all I get is a blank screen with a flashing curser in the upper left corner. I've loaded the CDs 4 times, same result.  I've ordered another set of CDs thinking they were missing something, same result. During the CD load, I can see the HDD light blinking indicating action on the new drive.  When I look at the BIOS, it recognizes the new HDD because it list it by model number.  I've changed the BIOS security settings for the IBM Predesktop Area to DISABLE as  recommended by someone on another board, same result.  I don't want to throw this Laptop away, but I am at the end of my rope.  My wife thinks I've got way too much ti... Read more

Answer:R40 Hard Drive Replace Problem

Have you set up the CD-ROM in BIOS as the primary drive prior to running the install from the disks?

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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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The hard drive on my computer is not working properly so I set out to replace it with a new one. I have the new hard drive and a windows 7 key from my computer that I bought. However, when I went to the Microsoft website and entered my windows 7 key, it told me that since I had bought the key with my machine, I would have to contact the manufacturer of my product to get more information. I cannot enter a ticket into HP since my warranty ended in 2011, can anyone here help me? I just need the windows 7 Premium 64-bit somehow. I really don't want to download anything from sketchy websites but HP, microsoft and any forums I have looked into seem to indicate that is the best option. Thank you for any responses.

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

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

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

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Okay, so I'm having some trouble with my ASUS laptop (with Windows 7) and I think it might be my hard drive. Some time ago it was very loud, and then it stopped being loud a couple of days ago and the computer is now suddenly almost completely useless.

I'm getting a lot of different errors, like I/O errors and "0x???? referenced to 0x???" I don't remember the specific error, but it was something like that. I also get a lot of Blue Screens.

What happens is when I start the computer it runs fine for about 2 minutes and then it slows down drasticly. Sometimes Windows Explorer will just close on its own and not return. When I try to shut the computer down it takes 10-15 minutes. When on the internet (i use Chrome), it's really slow (and won't work at all if I don't start it right when the computer is started) and will tell me Shockwave has crashed. Also Adobe Updater will run in an eternity and prevent me from Shutting down the computer (there's an update I haven't installed) unless I End Process.

Any ideas what this might be?

Answer:Time to replace Hard drive?

Go to the Hard Drive Mfg's website download and burn the Diagnostics software to a CD, boot from CD, and run the hard drive test.

Also download Memtest86+ burn to a CD, and run memtest on each individual stick of RAM.
Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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

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

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

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

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

--I installed several key programs. Still fine.

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

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

--All was well for several days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can read the page to get more information.
 

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Hey everyone, I think I might've goofed up my hard drive. My Sager NP5170 can not reboot Windows 7, and I can't figure out why. When I tried, it tried installing (not reinstalling) to the HDD, and now every time I turn it on it asks me to put in the information, then it's somewhat fine (screen resolution is a bit messed up), but I also can't get online and it asks me to update my drivers, but I can't do that since I have no disks and because of the internet issue.

So I'm thinking of taking out the current 500GB hard drive and replacing it with a 1TB (Or maybe the 750GB WD Scorpio Black) and just booting Windows 7 onto it. I'm not entirely sure if there's a boot drive that's causing the problem, but from what I've read, there isn't.

What would you guys recommend?
Thanks.

Answer:I think I messed up my Hard Drive, should I replace it?

You didn't state the brand of hard drive you have at this time. I would go to the maker's web site and download their hard drive diagnostic ISO file and burn it to CD disk. Boot from the CD, and have it run the extended test to find out whether the drive is bad or there is some other problem. It can take quite a while to run this test, so be patient.

Also you can use the system repair disk if you created one, to try statrup repair and see if it can fix the boot files on the hard drive. If you have not made one, you can use one from another computer running the same version of Windows you have. You may need to run the startup repair 3 times with attempted reboots between each repair attempt.

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

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

Thanks in advance.
 

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

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

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

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