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Question: Replace existing hard drive

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

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Preferred Solution: Replace existing hard drive

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

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

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

Answer: Replace existing hard drive

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

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I have Dell studio 1749  with 500 GB disk drive with C and E partition, running win10.
I want to replace C-partition by ssd to have faster boot times and use old harddisk as 2nd disk in laptop.
I have bought crucial BX300 2.5 inch SSD drive and SATA-to_USB cable.(

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Problem 1 : When connecting ssd drive via usb cable on laptop, for copy of date,  it does not come up, is not recognised by system, allthough blue led shines on adaptercable.
Question : is it hardware wise possible to add 2nd disk ?
On picture :  current disk indicated with red cross, i want to place in free slot (arrow).
I wonder if the interface (with pins vertical, see red circle) is ok to connect existing hard drive ?
And will I be able to connect ssd drive in existing slot ?

Answer:Dell Studio 1749 : replace existing hard drive with smaller Crucial BX300 2.5 inch SSD en use old harddrive as 2nd HD

You'll need the bracket and connector for the second drive -- note that the connector for the second drive is usually NOT the same as the one for the primary drive.  
This is what you need:

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Windows xppro.
Is there a way of replacing my "C" drive, which I am beginning to think is failing, without reinstalling everything.
I have a second internal HD "D", which is large enough and which I could use, and an external HD with two partions, which I back up to.
I back up using Acronis

Answer:Replace existing C drive with new HD

Yes. I've recently done the same thing.
Using Acronis, clone "C" onto "D" and make it bootable.
Restart your machine, enter BIOS and make the new disk the primary boot disk. Exit BIOS, reboot and it's job done.
Do not delete anything on the original disk until you are 100% sure that everything is working as it should.

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Hi, I am posting this in behalf of a pal, he needs help with his existing laptop. The SSD which came with his Hp Elitebook 840 G2 is only at 120GB and he was asking us(his pals) if he could replace that existing SSD 120Gb with an internal NON-SSD type with a 1TB size. As of the moment he cannot afford a 1TB SSD one. Please see quoted text below. [quote] ...I need help deciding if I can replace existing SSD (120GB) with a non-SSD (1TB) drive in laptop. Laptop model is Hp Elitebook 840 G2 14" Notebook - Intel Core I5 I5-5300u Dual-Core (2 Core) 2.30 Ghz - 8 Gb Ddr3l Sdram Ram - 128 Gb Ssd - 16:9 Display - Gigabit Ethernet - 4 X Total Usb Ports - 4 X Usb 3.0 Ports - Network (Rj-45) - Headphone/Microphone Combo Port M2f64up#aba  I have never worked with any SSD and hence am completely illiterate on what and how SSD works and connects to Motherboard. As 120GB is too less for me, I want to get a bigger hard disk. However, a 1TB SSD is way too costly for me to even think about buying. Therefore, I thought if I could replace it with a non-SSD drive....[/quote] I am not that technical and I own a different brand of laptop (Acer) so I cannot help him on that. But he is a dear friend and I want to seek help for him this Christmas season (can't gift him a 1TB SSD also as I am broke!) So please guys I need some opinions on the matter  Is it possible to... Read more

Answer:Replace existing SSD (120GB) with a non-SSD (1TB) drive in H...

OK here is the manual: Manual The back cover can be removed fairly easily. See page 58. Then look at page 61. That shows the hard drive bay and how to remove the hard drive. It also shows where the SSD is. The SSD is a long thin circuit board which is sometimes called a "gumstick" and plugs in right above the hard drive. This model actually can have both a hard drive and the SSD. I do not recommend that your friend get rid of the SSD. He needs to just add a hard drive for storage and then learn how to be aware of how you are using Windows to make sure as much as possible installs on the hard drive, leaving the SSD just for Windows. 120 gigs is plenty if you have a little knowledge and discipline and the SSD is just so very much faster than an old school spinner drive.  The problem is if the laptop did not come from the factory with the hard drive it likely does not have the caddy (bracket) and screws. But we can help you find that part. I might suggest buying a 500 gig hard drive for storage so you can get the caddy, too and keep it in budget. A 120 gig solid state drive plus a 500 gig hard drive should be plenty for almost anybody.  Post back if you need more help finding the caddy and a hard drive to install.  if this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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I have an HP Pavillion dv6500 laptop that originally was loaded with VISTA, but now is operating  with WINDOWS  7.   I do not have any INSTALL DISKS FOR vista or WINDOWS 7.  The laptop was originally owned by my daughter and she gave it to me after upgrading to a new laptop.  Last year I received notification via the laptop that I could upgrade to WINDOWS 10 for free.  After trying unsuccessfully numerous times to upgrade. I read the System Requirements for WINDOWS 10 and found that my laptop lacked the required free RAM, 16 GB.  I decided to replace  the original stock Hard Drive, 150 GB, with a new HD, 500 GB. I am looking for the best way to transfer the data from the old HD to the new HD.  Please know that this is the first time that I have performed any type of work of this type on a PC device, so please be aware that I probably will ask questions or ask for clarification of your recommendations, so bare with me. Thank you in advance!

Answer:Transfer existing Hard Drive info to new Hard Drive

Blazer5 Let's correct a few things, first. Win10 does not require 16GB of RAM; instead, it requires that much Disk Space. Win10 requires only 1GB RAM (32-bit PC) or 2GB of RAM (64-bit PC). As to transferring the data, there are two part to this -- the easy part and the hard part. BOTH start the same way, by you purchasing a USB-to-Hard-Drive adapter and using that to connect the old drive to the PC. But, you first need to determine if the old drive is IDE or SATA.  IDE drives have two rows of small pins on the back; SATA drive have two plastic connectors with contact strips on them.  IF it's an IDE drive, make sure that the Adapter you obtain handles IDE drives -- most new ones do NOT. Then, after connecting the drive to the PC, you should get popups about opening a File Manager window for each of the partitions on the drive.  If the drive is still formatted the original way, the really large partition will have the OS and data files in it. You should then be able to copy the data from this old drive to your PC simply by dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer. That's the easy part ... The hard part is that the files she saved under her user account will be protected, and while you MIGHT be able to copy them, you will NOT be able to open them -- this is by design.  This allows multiple folks, each with their own user ID, to use the same PC and not see each other's files. To solve that, you will have ... Read more

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My master hard disk has failed and I have successfully replaced it with a
new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?
Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on
the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one,
but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.

Answer:Get a drive letter for an old slave hard drive while keeping the existing data

In disk management did you first left click to highlight the drive then right click for assign or change a drive letter option?

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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 new motherboard and processor but am not to keen on reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling windows. Is this neccessary or can I keep my data on my hard drive and just plug it into my new Motherbaord?

Answer:New Motherboard existing hard drive

There could be problems there as your hdd will have drivers, configurations etc for the current mobo. A backup of all your data, settings etc and a clean install of your OS would be recommended.

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Hi everyone i just built myself another new computer and i had one of my other hard drives hooked up as slave so i could retain all the data on it, while making a fresh install of Windows on a different hard drive... so here's the question, i went to get files off my user account "Kevin" from my old hard drive, and it says i do not have access. i know the password for the account but it doesn't ask me for a password.. and i can't put it in anywhere, and then i went to sharing and security and it says to drag it to shared folder but when i try and do that it says i don't have permission..
how do i access these files?


Answer:Existing data on old hard drive... please help

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I used to run windows 98 and recently installed windows xp (oem version). This has meant that I now dont have access to anything that was previously on my hard drive, though it is all still on it and taking up space. I cant uninstall xp so I was wondering whether I can just reformat my hard drive and reload everything again? At the moment loads of space is being taken up on my drive with programs that I cant run now.
Can I do this? And tips on what to do etc?

Answer:Reformat existing hard drive??

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I have a dead PC and will replace the MOB and Processor. (A replacement PS did not restore power). Will XP boot up and install the devices or what else can I expect to happen?

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Is the new motherboard identical?

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Good evening all,

I have a question concerning partioning. I have a Dell E520 with a 300GB drive, running Vista. I have 248GB free at the moment. Here's my question. I would like to partition the drive, leaving Vista on it's own on the C drive, and make 2 new partitions. One would be for Apps, programs, etc, and the other would be for data, i.e. personal and business documents, some pictures, etc. Is this possible to do without erasing everything and starting from scratch? I don't really have a problem with doing that if I have to, but the only thing I'm afraid of losing is my perfectly functioning (finally!) wireless network. Any advice would greatly appreciated. Please let me know if there is more info I can provide.

Thanks and have a wonderful evening.

Go Yankees!

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I currently have a Ultra A-G294 D915G ATX PC. This was purchased in 2005. It has an Intel Pentium (4) processor 3.0GHz 800Mhz; the system board is Intel 915G socket 478 MATX Chipset; it has 512 MB DDRRAM PC3200; and a 80 GB SATA 7200rpm hard drive. I have a question about the hard drive. I am wanting to remove this hard drive and replace it with something quite similar or the same one. How hard is it going to be to find this hard drive an how hard is it to replace by myself?

Answer:Replacing my existing hard drive

Here's a WD 80GB SATA HDD:

But you can get bigger and faster drive such as 250GB and 320GB drives for less money:

Why do you want the same or similar drive? The exact model will definitely not be available new except maybe on eBay.

To install teh drive its not hard, however you will have to clone the old drive to the new drive if you want everything on the old one on the new one, or you will have to install Windows, the drivers, and any updates and software onto the new drive.

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So my original PC was an HP Compaq dx2250 with an AMD Athlon chipset running Win7 Ultimate x64. Unfortunately, a few days ago, the motherboard fried. Because I have a large amount of important programs on the PC's hard drive, I was wondering about the possibility of moving the existing hard drive into a new PC. I was able to locate a seemingly identical build, a Dell Dimension E521 with an Athlon X2 chipset running Win7 Ultimate x64. When I hooked up the hard drive from my old PC, the boot process gets to the point of "Starting Windows" with the Windows logo starting to appear. Then, blank. The computer reboots and it sends me to startup repair, which cannot repair any "errors" automatically. Is there something I'm missing?

Answer:Move Existing Hard Drive to New PC

Yes you need to perform clean install of Windows.

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Hi. I am planning to replace my motherboard and memory on my Win 7 Home premium 64b.

I've been updating MBs for 25 years and now I am getting conflicting answers regarding booting existing hard drive on new MB. My present Win 7 installation was installed on my present MB. Before I have always been able to use an existing hard drive and OS on a new MB.

Now when I asked Gigabyte if a reinstall would be required they said no, but the registry may be full of unneeded drivers etc which would affect performance. This seems a solvable issue using registry cleaners and editors.

But I am also getting opinions that Win 7 will not boot up on a new MB and reinstall OS would be required. Considering the number of programs, some on disks others from downloads. activation keys etc, this is a major problem. Has MS gone bananas? Who would benefit with this approach?

Does anyone have a definitive answer? Thanks.


Answer:Existing hard drive on new motherboard.

First, Windows 7 is a lot more flexible with hardware changes, but at the very least, you should run Sysprep before moving to the new board. I would greatly recommend a clean install, especially if you plan ahead to cut down on how long that would take. However, Sysprep can remove some of the drivers to allow the system to be a little cleaner.

As for the copy of Windows 7, that all depends on your license. If you have a retail license, then you are fine. It should activate on the new system without issue, and it will be legit. If you have an OEM license, then that opens the door to a whole lot of gray areas, in terms of what is considered to be a new computer, and how legit your license will be, assuming you can activate it.

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have xp system, new HD....up and running, never partitioned, would like to now...( i know..i know..but better late than never)...can i partition this existing C drive without any outside within windows without re formatting?

Answer:partitioning an existing hard drive

Dont Know of any free software, if your willing to reinstall windows, you can download utility from the hdd manufactures free.
If you can buy one, Partition Magic is great probably can find for around $20 online download.

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May be a stupid question.. (I know, there are none)

I'll be building a new P4 system within the next few weeks, using several parts from my current P3 system. So, a simple question... is it possible to use my existing hard drive (120GB) WITHOUT re-formatting it before I put it in the new machine, and having to reinstall everything, including XP-Pro? I know it's best to start clean, but I just did a clean install on this system a few months ago, so am in pretty good shape. Just wondering if I can save that headache this time.

Thanks in advance!


Answer:building a pc with existing hard drive

If you are taking this hard drive from one PC to another and the two PCs are totally different Motherboards then yes. Otherwise, your new PC, with the hard drive from the old system will attempt to boot with all of the old PC's motherboard hardware information. This doesn't work as the drive needs to have the old info removed and the new environment introduced.


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the existing is 40gb, and the one bought is 120gb.Given the existing has the os on I would think the second should be put on as a slave to the first - any ideas ?However, the first is sometimes noisy, so could I instal then copy the os onto the second also (in case the first fails) ?

Answer:Adding new hard drive to existing

I would use something like Norton Ghost to create an image of your current setup and save it to the new disk. Partition the new disk as you want it to be.

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External backup for 2 Win7 home computers.

Prices are currently at a premium for a 2T 2 1/2" USB 3x external backup drive.

I will retire the XP machine soon that is being replaced by the new Win7 machine. The XP machine has 2 drives--one of which is slower than molasses and you can hear the thing churning away when nothing should be going on (indexing off).

I've never had much luck with diagnostic software--in particular PC Doctor when it was shipped with Lenovo systems.

Given the costs involved buying the software makes little sense.

Is there, in particular, hard drive diagnostic software that really can diagnose a problematic drive?

If I knew which drive was bad then I'd put the good one in a container and use it until the USB 3 externals come down in price.


Answer:Existing hard drive diagnostic vs. new external

I believe all hard drive manufacturers offer their own diagnostic tools. Seagate, just for example, offers SeaTools which can be used on any hard drive.

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

These tools try to stress the drive to expose any problems. The stressing could possibly push a failing drive over the edge. If you need to find the hard drive manufacturer, a free tool called Speccy would hold.

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

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I am about to upgrade another PC (about 4 months old) currently running Windows 7 64bit. The PC is set up so that although the PC has the OS and programs on the SSD (C drive), all other data and info is on the 2Tb hard drive. Their is only a single user with no password and the PC was setup (configured) so that the user profile knows to put that user info and data on the 2Tb hard drive.

I want to do a clean install and am happy to clear everything on the C drive (SSD) and the hard drive.
When installing Windows 8 from the ISO image on a DVD, how do I create the similar situation that I had for user profile when running Windows 7?

Also is it possible to be able to boot up straight in to the user without having to enter a password, as I can currently do on the Windows 7 boot?

I have just upgraded an older Windows Vista PC to Windows 8 Pro through a clean install and that went perfectly, but only had a single 1Tb hard drive (C drive).

Thanks for any a help and advice.


Answer:Clean install on existing Win 7 PC with SSD & hard drive

Hello Steve, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You will be able to do a clean install of Windows 8 on the SSD without losing anything on the other HDD. In Windows 8, you will have the option to create a "Microsoft account" (with email address) or a "local account" (same as in previous Windows) now. The tutorial below will give you more details about all of this though.
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
When installation is complete, you could set Windows 8 up the same way you did in Windows 7.

The tutorial below can show you how to set Windows 8 to sign in to a user account of your choice automatically at startup.
Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
Hope this helps,

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I have just purchased a 500g external hard drive which connets to my PC by USB2 cable. I would like to copy the WHOLE of my PC hard drive to this, so if the PC HD dies I will have a ready backup, is this possible?Also if I copy/backup files will it overwrite files already on external HD

Answer:Copy Existing PC hard drive to external

acronis true image will do the job,or if the drive is seagate or maxtor,there are free acronis here

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I am using Win98 se on a 6year old 40 gig hard drive. I would like to clone this hard drive onto a new larger hard drive before it crashes. I have found on the internet that after I format the new hard drive in the slave position on my computer, I can select Start>Run and type: XCOPY C:*.* D:\ /c/h/e/k/r and this will clone my old hard drive to my new one. Then on another web site it said to type XCOPY C:\ /c/e/f/h/r/s. Which one of these is correct?

Or should I purchase Norton Ghost?

Answer:Using XCOPY to clone existing hard drive

Because of xcopy's limitations on file attributes, and filename sizes. Your better off useing xxcopy than xcopy. It's a freeware utility for non-commercial use available here, along with syntax instructions.

I don't believe you'll be succesful useing xcopy.

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My son's computer was shipped via airline and after unpacking it a noise could be heard coming from the inside which turned out to be a dislodged heat sink/fan from the processor. We attempted to start the computer however it would not get past the RAM capacity in startup.  We decided to take the hard drive out of his computer and place it in mine, if this is possible? If this is possible could you please tell me the procedure to follow. Thanks  

Answer:Adding Second Hard Drive that has existing data

what os are you trying to put the used drive into? if its xp  and old drive was98 or newer it will work just make sure you put the jumpers right as your used drive set to the slave and your main drive as main  not as cable select ive done it and it works or you can just boot from that used drive if it had the os on it somtimesether way your files youll be able to get

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I am thinking of getting a new X58 mobo to replace my 780i. I was wondering is it possible to uninstall chipset drivers and such like, then transfer the whole hard drive into the new mobo. Whereupon I can install the new chipset drivers and be on my way. I expect that this will count as a significant change in hardware but as I have a retail copy of windows surely this should be no problem (I would still only have the OS installed on one computer).

Answer:Transferring existing OS hard drive into new mobo

You left out a key detail. What version of Windows are you running? It can be done, but Windows 7 is the most flxible in terms of detecting the new hardware without issue, especially considering you are going to an Intel chipset.

It should go without saying, but a fresh install is always the best way, and regardless of the usual arguments against, it doesn't take that long to do.

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My issue is how to clean my Hard Drive from up non-existing programs.

I originally had 2 hard drives C: and D:

I got rid of the D drive but I had previously installed programs (games) in the D, but I boot up from the C drive.

I used the Remove Programs on most, but some old programs are still there and will not completely remove.

How should I go about cleaning up, other than searching the registry and manually deleting entries with similar program names that I don't use anymore?

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is it possible to utilise my existing hard drive from my old system running XP pro on a new system it boots to window's asking to load safe etc it will not load in any configuration it just chucks me back to the same window is it possible to arrange the system to load??? I have all the lastest updates on my system if I have to spend hours downloading I will be lucky to finish by Christmas and I have presents to deliver

Answer:existing XP system hard drive in new motherboard

The change of motherboard is preventing it from loading. The best you can do is repair XP but you will have to install all the updates that are missing from the WinXP CD, e.g. SP2 plus about 20-30 since SP2.To repair XP. Boot from the WinXP CD (in the BIOS boot sequence put the CD drive ahead of the HDD). When the first message comes up, choose ?To set up WinXP? not ?R for recovery console?. Windows will eventually recognise that XP is installed and ask what you want to do, press R to repair and follow the instructions except after rebooting don?t reply to the message ?Press any key to boot from CD?, just wait.

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Wouldn't mind getting some advice before starting this.

I bought my daughters laptop 3 years ago when she went to college. It came preloaded with Vista home ultimate but only had 1G of RAM and therefore was relying on some use of hard disc to function properly. Hard drive is only 70GB. You can guess the rest - she has filled upthe hard disc and so it is now taking too long to access things, boot up etc.

I have now put in another 2GB of RAM and this has improved things but the machine is down to 1.2GB dispite all my disc cleaning (I use Auslogics Boostspeed which always seems to work well). However I think I need to replace the hard drive with something bigger and have found a 500GB diac on offer for GBP50.00 which seems good. (I have tried to get her to use an external drive - which we have - however she mostly uses the machine for music and downloaded movies etc. In practice this is Itunes and while I think I have spotted how to redirect Itunes to find / locate the music library away from the hard drive (so I could just move all the music to the external drive I suppose) she doesn't want to have a clunky external drive permanently attached to her machine).

I have the drivers and utilities disc that came with the machine and the Vista product key but I need vista itself. If I have the product key can I;
1 download the software from MS - using the product key as proof that I have purchased it before. Otherwise
2 can I somehow create a disc I can use to reinstall ... Read more

Answer:putting existing set up on replacment hard drive

Another option would be to create a clone of your drive and copy it onto your new larger HDD using something like Apricorns SATA Wire and cloning software:

That way you have a complete copy of your old drive including OS and drivers.

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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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I have 3 hard drives on my computer
C: System
D; Storage
E: Mainly storage of Backups from Genie Timeline
My D Drive whcich I have been using for a long time has totally disappeared. It also isn't showing in Disc Management.
Can you advise please

Answer:An existing hard drive has disappeared from My Computer and I can't access it

Try a System Restore to a point in the past. Go back as far as needed to a time when you remember the D: drive was present. See if the drive has returned.

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I just received a new PC with Windows vista home premium. My old machine had XP pro.
My XP machine does not stay for more than 5 minutes, it shuts itself down and then gives me long beeps from the MB (which I THINK is from overheating)
So, I want to transfer all my settings (email, accounts, internet shortcuts, etc.) to my new machine. I want to take out my old HD, use and external USB/HD cable (new machine does not have an IDE port only SATA) and connect it to the new PC to do the easy transfer. Will the Easy trasnfer program work like this, with out it being installed on the old machine? Can Vist pick the files without the easy transfer software on the old drive?
The reason I want to know ahead of time is I don't have a USB/IDE device yet and don't want to buy one if it's not going to work.

My other option is to leave my old PC case open with a large external fan blowing in, use a cross over cable for a network connection and keep my fingers crossed that the old PC doesn't shut down 1/2 way through the operation.

Answer:Easy Trasnfer Xp To Vista With Existing Hard Drive

My other option is to leave my old PC case open with a large external fan blowing in, use a cross over cable for a network connection and keep my fingers crossed that the old PC doesn't shut down 1/2 way through the operation.

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I have on old hard drive that was in a COMPAQ Armada. I need to connect it to my current system to access the data. I do not what it to be the main HD. Just connect to work on the data. Connecting to the laptop is not an option, and I do not have access to another Armada.


Answer:Connect 'old' laptop Hard Drive to existing computer

Thanks for the input.. Did you have a real question too?

Yes you can do it but you need to get an adaptor to be able to connect your ATA cable and the power.

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Hi all

A friend of mine recently had his computer stop working and he has a lot of photos on his hard drive (SATA) that he wants saved. I took the drive in hopes of plugging it into my computer and then copying his pictures over and burning them to a disc.

My computer has Windows XP SP3, a Gigabyte nForce4 Sli mobo, two IDE hard drives and two external USB hard drives. Before starting I installed the updated mobo drives from the Gigabyte website and then I used a cable from my original mobo box with a four pin connector on one end and the plug for the SATA drive on the other. Then I used to cable labeled as SATA and then plugged it into the color coded connector on the mobo.

I rebooted and Windows recognized new hardware and said it needed to install new software (drivers I assume). It installed software and exited without errors but XP doesnt list the drive. I also dont see it under disk management.

I did go into the BIOS and everything labeled SATA is set as enabled. I am not sure what else I need to be looking at in the BIOS however. My mobo also has a manual that has setup information regarding SATA RAID (RAID 5) Function. I'll be honest and say I dont know what the heck that is and the manual looks difficult for a user like me. A couple of people told me that it should be plug and play with XP so I really wasnt expecting many problems with this.

I would really appreciated any help on this as to what I should be checking.


Answer:Adding a SATA hard drive to a PC with two existing IDE drives?

If the drive is physically fine the drive should work fine plugged into the motherboard. Does the motherboard have RAID and standard SATA connectors? It may be that with the drive connected to the RAID connector that you need to do some type of configuration prior to having the drive seen in Windows.

Another option if you still can't get it to work would be to use one of the SATA > USB docking units like:

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I have an Optiplex 780 Desktop and would like to install a second hard drive between my existing HD (connected to SATA0 on the motherboard) and my CD-DVD (connected to SATA1).
I would like to use the space between the normal HD (at bottom of the drive area when the 780 Desktop is lying on its side horizontally and not standing up vertically) and the CD-DVD (at top of the drive area).  The space in between is designed for a floppy disk drive, which has never been in the PC.  It has always been empty space.
Last week, I tried, but found that the empty floppy-drive space was a cm too short for a new, second drive.  I could not slide the new drive all the way in unless I left off the small black plastic cover that normally covers the unused floppy-drive "front" on the case.  (I had added side-screws to the new drive and was not using one of those blue plastic caddies.  This floppy-drive space seems only to work with the side screws; a blue plastic caddy seems to be good only for the original HD space at bottom.)
But the Dell manual for the Opti 780 Desktop definitely shows the possibility of a second hard drive in that space. 
What's the trick?  Are some 3.5" drives longer than others?

Answer:Second hard drive in Optiplex 780 Desktop - space too short (between existing HD and CD-DVD)?

Didn't we discuss this in your other thread?
The manual says this system has room for two 2.5" hard drives. So a second 3.5" probably isn't going to fit with the existing 3.5" drive.
A 3.5" HDD is ~5.75" long and a 2.5" HDD is closer to 4". So, given your plans, you probably need to get a 2.5" drive...
Or get two 2.5" HDDs and there's probably a tray for this system that will hold both of them in the bay where the one 3.5" HDD is now...

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Dear All,  I have a Proliant ML350G6 server contains 4 HDD with 500GB each. I configured it with Raid 0. it was quit large space for a medium company. But after 6 years, the space is almost full. I am using the server for Data server only. I can see that there are 2 more bays left on the server. I want to expand the hard disk space by adding 2 more HDD with 1 TB each. The questions are :  1. Can we add the hard drive the way I want?2. Do we have to make some settings with the new HDD?3. Can we add the HDD without re-install the software?4. Is there any other methode for expanding the space? Thank you so much for your help..

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I use an WD external hard drive (1TB) for additional storage and it was working fine with no issues. The small USB connector broke off the board yesterday and I purchased a new enclosure and installed it. Now my computer does not recognize it as a storage device. I have all the data still on the HD and really do not want to loose it. Any advice on how to get the computer to recognize the external hard drive?

I tried adding a letter for the drive, but it does not show up to change the letter of the drive.

The PC is an HP that is about 4 months old. Windows 7, 64 bit.

Thanks for the assistance.

Answer:Existing external hard drive installed in new case, does not recognize

if the Hard drive is a SATA varient and not a IDE (which unless its ollld it wont be)

then you can simply open up your new pc case, and connect the drive directly to your motherboard using a SATA lead, and a serial power connection from your power supply.

If you dont have a spare SATA cable, then for now you can just use the power cable and lead from your DVD drive. This will allow you to back up your data for now, and will determine if the drive still works or not.

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

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

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

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

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Edit: Dammit, typos in subject line and unable to edit
Create a mirror of an existing hard drive without losing data

SATA II-150 PCI Raid

How do you do this without losing data?

Answer:Creating a MIrrir of an existing hard drive without losing data with PCI Raid

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It appears that my motherboard and CPU are broken, and I may buy a bare-bones system (case, motherboard, CPU). Assuming that all of existing parts are compatible, is it possible to just switch in the HD, RAM, and video card? Like a plug-and-play with hardware.

Could you please provide detailed information information on how to reconfigure an existing Windows installation to work with a new and different motherboard and CPU?.

So I'm using the same system drive on a new motherboard. I am not using the pre-installed OEM version of Windows, but rather an after-market purchased version of Windows XP Professional SP2.

Answer:Swap existing Hard Drive to new Motherboard, CPU, barebones system (WinXP)

There is a pretty good outline of the process HERE.

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I'm upgrading memory on a friends Dell Dimension 4700 Desktop computer. It's running Windows XP. The computer has 4 slots for memory it currently has 2 of those slots filled with 2 256mb sticks (DDR2-200mhz PC3200). I'm going to put in 2 1gig sticks the max speed the motherboard can handle (DDR2-533mhz PC-4200).

Note: system is not used for gaming or any other memory intensive tasks just day to day operation. So this might be a stupid question but what would be better? If I add the 2 sticks of 1gig modules to the other 2 slots and keep the old memory in or take out the 2 sticks of 256mb (old memory) and just put in the 2 1 gig sticks? In other words will the old memory slow the system down enough to justify just taking out the 2 256mb sticks of memory altogether? Thanks for the reply.

Answer:? Ram, Replace or add to existing RAM?

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I have a Dell Dimension Desktop that became infected with a pretty nasty virus. I have had to remove the infected HD from the machine.
Instead of trashing the machine, I would like to just purchase an entirely new HD for this machine. I am guessing that when purchasing a new HD that it does NOT already come with an O/S already installed. If this guess is correct, my question is this:

Can I use the original O/S Reinstallation CD that came with the machine to get the O/S installed on the new HD?

Do I have to purchase the O/S along with the new internal HD?
If more information is needed before an answer can be provided, please let me know what is needed.

I very much appreciate your time and thank you for any and all suggestions.


Answer:Replace existing HD with new one?

You can use your original O/S reinstallation CD to format the new HD and reinstall the O/S.

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My friend has a Read Only DVD/CD drive.She wants to burn photos to a CD. Is it still possible to buy a DVD/CD RW drive and, if so, any recommendations? The O/S is Win XP Professional SP2.I have only looked quickly but most of the drives only seem to mention DVD eg Hewlett Packard (HP) DVD1060i-B 20x Internal SATA DVDRW Drive With Nero Software - see click hereDoes that mean it will not burn to a CD?Any other advice would also be appreciated

Answer:Replace existing DVD/CD-ROM with RW

DVD Writers also read and write to CDs.

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I want to add RAM to my Dell Inspiron N7010. I ran Speccy and it looks like there are no available memory slots. Can I just pull out the existing RAM sticks and replace them with larger ones, or am I stuck with what was installed on the laptop?

Memory slots
Total memory slots 2
Used memory slots 2
Free memory slots 0
Type DDR3
Size 3072 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 532.1 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 7 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 7 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 7 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 20 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 1T
Physical Memory
Memory Usage70 %
Total Physical 2.86 GB
Available Physical 866 MB
Total Virtual 3.06 GB
Available Virtual 757 MB
Number Of SPD Modules 2
Slot #1
Slot #2

Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model 08VFX1 (U2E1)
Version A02
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge
Chipset Revision 12
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model HM57
Southbridge Revision 06
System Temperature 27 C
Brand Dell Inc.
Version A02
Date 4/21/2010
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PEG Slot J6B2
Characteristics 5V, 3.3V
Slot Number 0
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI Express Slot J6B1
Characteristics 5V, 3.3V
Slot Number 1
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage In Use
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI Express Slot J6D1
Characteristics 5V, 3.3V
Slot Number 2
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage Unknown
Bus Width 32 bit
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When exiting Word 97 I always get prompted for this:
Do you want to replace existing

How do you stop this

Answer:Do you want to replace existing

Go to find files or folders and look for Once you find it, rename it and the next time you open Word it should recreate the file.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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,


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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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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hi i previously uses a T400 with windows vista. Recently i had installed win 7 professional so i was thinking whether drive E: (Lenovo) and S: (SERVICEV003) still contain the vista backup files? Am i able to replace the files on these 2 drives to a win 7 backup so that i can restore in future should i need it and how am i able to do that? TIA

Answer:replace the computer's existing backup OS?

Your recovery partition can't be changed to Windows 7. Use something like Acronis trueimage to backup the hdd image.

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I cannot copy a file and replace an exiting file:

No messages, not even "file exists"; this includes drags and copy/paste.
Get "file exists" on "Save As.
On "Cut" "Error 0x80070490: Element not found"

I have to physically delete the file and paste the new one. This is not a protection problem, it is just a simple text file that I created for the test in 2 different folders. This is the first time I have ever seen this including Win 3.1. Thanks....

Win 7 - 64 bit, Home Prem.

Answer:Can't copy and replace existing file

This can be a ton of things... let's start with the basics.

IE toolbars installed/enabled?

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I am inporting a text file into Excel using a macro. Once the file is imported I am then delimiting it (it is necessary to import the file first).When I do so, it asks me if I want to replace the contents of the existing cells.The answer is "yes", but is there a way of getting it to do this automatically without the prompt box comming up please?Any assistance would be appreciated,ThanksRob

Answer:VBA - Help - replace contents of existing cells

Try usingApplication.DisplayAlerts = FalseDon't forget to turn it back on again!

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I have been told that replacing an exisiting HD in a pc, desk top or laptop is easy using the clone software that comes with the SSD. Yet others have told me no. I would like to replace my 500 GB HD with a larger GB SSD. Will it work? Thank you, Mark

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New here, thanks for any help you can give me.!!
I have almost completed a new slim line "device sensitive CSS3" site which I intend to swap with my existing site, Importantly without losing the SEO that I have worked hard to achieve.
On the new site I have kept the file/page-name and link structure of the important pages the same as on the old site. Am I correct in thinking that I can remove the old site from the server/public.html and replace it with the new site. I do have fewer pages now so any pages that I discarded from the old site can I 301 redirect them to my new index.html.
Is this procedure correct or am I off the mark? I'm a bit worried about the existing htaccess file and so on.
Help would be appreciated
Adrian Fortune

Answer:Replace existing site with new design

If the site is staying on the same server not much to do, no issues in principle for search engines with a change of design.
Better as far as possible to 301 redirect the dead URLs to a mix of their nearest equivalent URLs, rather than all to the home page. Also worth putting up a fresh xml sitemap with just the new URLs, not the redirected URLs. Google will pick that up but you can submit the fresh map via your normal route e.g. Webmaster Tools if you wish.
Allow a little time, see how the site settles down. If "slim line" means significantly less content, that could have an effect. A percentage of redirects and possibly structure change could also see a shift in search, for better or worse.
Interesting story, a well known site (about 30 million pages now) once took down a few pages without properly redirecting them, including a hub page with 4 links to main sections. They spent a long time trying to work out their Google "penalty" until they finally found out about the self inflicted wound. An awful lot of dollars blown because someone didn't think about impact, or suitable redirects.
Not so for most of us, you may see little effect but hard to comment without knowing more about the site. The change to responsive design sounds good, little option for most sites who don't want to lose visitors. Sure you have already but if not, check the site in old browsers. Better to create a few fallbacks than lose as many people as you gain.

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I have two computers: A - factory installed SBS 2003 server with a dual raid configuration and B - factor installed Terminal server (companion to A).

Is it possible to replace the operating systems with windows XP Pro?

Retention of existing software/date is not a concern.


Answer:Replace existing operating system

If XP hardware drivers are available at the manufacturers website,
then you should be able to.
I have gotten XP drivers to work on 2003 before,
but I haven't tried it the other way around.

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Hi I have accidentally over written a file and need to retrieve it.

I actually overwrote it by clicking file, save as, then scrolled through my hardrive and found the file then clicked on the file, a little window popped up asking something like "Replace existing file?" and I clicked yes.

But thats not what I wanted to do!

I have now sent the contents of the new file I was saving to a new destination but I need to recover the old file I saved over.

Can anyone help me?

I cant undo, systems restore of course is no good (its not a systems file I want to recover but a word document) and I have downloaded Undeleter but it did not find the file, probably because it was not deleted but was overwritten.

I have not closed the file

Any help out there for me?

Answer:Undo Replace Existing File

Hi, welcome to the forum,

You did not mention which OS you are using but depending on the OS and your settings you could go the the folder where the overwritten file is found

Right-click on the file and select Properties.

When the dialog opens there are several Tabs, "General", "Security" etc. If you have a tab "Previous versions" you can click there and see if there are previous versions present and selct the one previous to your overwriting it.

If the tab's not there then I'm afraid that lost is lost as well as if there are no previous versions present.

Good luck

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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


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..

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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 ,

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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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Question: Replace hard drive

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

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I 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

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

Answer:replace hard drive

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

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

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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 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 and APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter - Retail

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

Answer:Replace hard drive.

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

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I 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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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.

Answer:Need to replace Hard Drive

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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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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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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.?

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

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

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I 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 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


Answer:Replace the hard drive?

Sounds simple enough, thanks

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

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

Hi,Yes, it will work.

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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.

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Question: replace hard drive

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

Answer:replace hard drive

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

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