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Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

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

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!

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

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

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

Thanks for any replies.
 

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

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I'm finding conflicting information with google searches. Trying to find out what options are available for upgrading this laptop from a normal hard drive to an SSD. I'm not sure if there is a m.2 slot or not, or if it would be the best choice. Anyone know? Thanks! Edward 

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Hi
My sons use my old Evesham computer (approx 8 years old) for homework and surfing the net. It has Windows XP Pro on it, and has been working well until recently. However, booting up takes approx 3-4 mins and it hangs on the Blue Windows XP Desktop page for ages before the desktop icons (5) appear.
I thought the best thing to do would be a clean install to remove any clutter and rubbish from the system. Only 15% of the 250GB hard drive is used. Whilst using DBAN to wipe the hard drive before a clean install, I wondered whether replacing the WD Sata 1 hard drive with a SSD would be possible.
I have two in my Mac already, but wondered whether I am likely to get much speed improvement with an older PC.
P4 3.6 Chip
1GB memory
256MB Ati Graphics Card
Thanks in advance
Matt

Answer:Evesham Computer - Can i replace sata 1 hard drive for ssd

It's not straightforward installing XP on an SSD. Partition alignment, AHCI mode, lack of 'trim' and disabling various drive tools. Search for instructions on installation to see if its worth doing.
I'd just do a fresh install of XP on your drive. You can download SP3 for XP if you haven't got that vesion of XP. Will save a lot of updating. I don't use software such as DBAN I just format during installation.SP3

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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, i want to replace my Solid State Disk with a regular hard drive. But I found out, that the Carrier in the HDD Bay for Solid State Disks doesn't have the form factor for a regular HD. My new Drive ist a   Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500 GB 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll) interne Festplatte HDD S-ATA 300 Mbit/s 7200rpm 1... Any Suggestions where i can get a proper HD-carrier for the Bay?Thanks in Advance,Sebastian

Answer:x200s Replace Solid State Disk with 2,5 SATA Hard Drive

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/Thinkpad-X200-X200s-Hard-Drive-Caddy-Rails-Cover-Screws-/350234086652
 
you need something like this. 

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The hard drive in my laptop just died, it was a 250gb 2.5" SATA hard drive, I'd like to replace it with a Corsair FORCE GT SATA 3, 210 GB solid state drive. Can someone tell me if this will work?

Thank you
 

Answer:Solved: Replace SATA hard drive with a SSD SATA3 in a Sony Vaio pcg-7153L

Yes, it should work. You won't get the full speed of the SSD due to the laptop's SATA controller only being SATA 2(3GB/s) but it should work and be a lot faster.
 

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

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

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

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

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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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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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.
 

Answer:i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a

Hi

No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.


If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.
 

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













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

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

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Hello there, i just installed a  ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter P/N 40Y8725 in my ThinkPad R61.I intended using a Samsung Hard Disk HM500LI. The Disk is being recognized by the Windows Visa System but not shown on my  Ressoures. I cant use the Disk.Is it possible that the 3,0GB/s Samsung drive is not compatible to the 1,5GB/s Adapter?Can someone recommed a good silent drive working in this adapter? This Drive seems to be quite loud even, when it doesnt work yet. Thank you for your help. Best regards,TN

Answer:Which SATA Hard Disk to use in ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter

The R61 can use SATA2 hdd but only at SATA1 speed of 1.5 gb/s........ you got to format the hdd first before you can use it.  

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I am using a Gateway E4000, with a WD IDE harddrive partitioned into 2 partitions, OEM XP Pro Sp3, 1.5 gig memory, 2.5 ghz CPU.  I want to put this existing harddrive into a Dell Dimension 8400. It has a SATA Harddrive, OEM (?) XP Media Sp3. 4 gig memory, 3 ghz CPU.  I have no drivers BUT I do have the Dell Bios on a CD.My questions are:1. Since I am moving to the Dell will there still be a BIOS that I can set the IDE drive as the boot drive?  If not how can I use the BIOS that I have on the CD?2. I have no drivers, so will XP boot using generic drivers until I can download from Dell?3. Since my IDE Drive has an OEM version of XP (and a different flavor of XP) will it need to be reactivated, and infact will MS activate XP anymore?4. If MS no longer activates can I download software that will retrieve my old act # and use that?5. What other problems am I looking at and any solutions for those problems?

Answer:How to swap a IDE hard drive from a Gateway to a Dell the has a SATA hard drive

You cannot legally use an OEM installation of Windows on a different machine; the license is tied to the hardware. Also if you take a hard drive with Windows installed on it, out of one PC and put it into another PC, and set it to be the boot drive, it most likely won't work properly. If it works at all. You will need to install a properly licensed version of Windows of your choice on the Dell, if there isn't one already.

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

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

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

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Hello, my computer had locked up not to long ago so I had to give it a hard reboot. However, now it doesn't seem to recognize my main hard drive. I have 2 sata hard drives plugged in and it only recognizes my other one. If i set the option for "Configure SATA as" to RAID in bios, it shows it in the boot list but then throws a BSOD with error code 0x0000007b. Also it seems the same BSOD error happens when I set it as AHCI. Both hard drives recognized but BSOD thrown.When it has "Configure SATA as" IDE it only shows the other hard drive. Any ideas?

My System is:

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
 

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.
 

Answer:cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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Hi. I recently purchased a new SATA harddrive and a Serial ATA PCI adapter and installed it on my computer. I also have an IDE hard drive in my computer.Is there any way to run them both together on my computer. I want the SATAdrive as my primary drive. I can use them separately but not together. WindowsXP professional is installed on both.(The IDE drive was the original drive in computer...) When I try to run them together the IDE takes over, if when set as a master slave..the RAID software is installed in system BIOS. Any suggestions?Shyboy

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.
http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ard-drive.html

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?
 

Answer:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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Hi. I have taken out my sata hard drive and swapped it for an ide hard drive. I formatted the disk with acer recovery fine, now when the pc starts it says error reading disk. I cannot understand this. My work flow is as follows: I took away the sata drive and cables found a ide ribbon cable with three connectors one to the board, the second to the ide hard drive set as master and the third to the dvd, set as slave. Can anyone please shed some light why the pc refuses to load windows. Perhaps there is a cmos/ bios setting i need to change. Any help greatly appreciated with regards.The system is an acer desktop aspire T180

Answer:swapping sata hard drive for IDE hard drive error

MB=========================Slave========Master.Or you can try temporarily disconnecting the optical drive to see if it works.Is there an OS installed on this drive ? ?If so was it installed on that drive when it was in the Acer ? ?This can cause issues if it's from another machine where Windows was installed....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have tried to hook up an IDE Maxtor 200g hard drive to a Sata hard drive system, but windows will not open. I bought the necessary converter for IDE to SATA system but windows won't run. Do I need to unplug the SATA hard drive first then install windows to the IDE hard drive then hook the other one back up?
 

Answer:How do i set up a IDE hard drive to a SATA hard drive system

Windows XP requires drivers to work with SATA drives, even if you use the adapter.
 

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?
 

Answer:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.
 

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I have to replace my original hdd on my 9 year old Dell XPS 8100. The desktop  has an i7 chip so I'd hate to replace it with a new i7 PC because they are expensive.The bad drive is an esata drive. I notice that current crop of hdd's seem to be sata III drives. Will the old Dell PC mother board  on the desktop support the new sata III drivesIf I replace the bad hard drive would I be able to restore the W7 OS and all my data by using a macriumbackup file on the desktops external  backup drive?
Thanks for your help!

Answer:Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Any 3.5" SATA drive will work.
As long as the system is in working order, and you purchase a SATA data cable for the additional drive, you should have no trouble cloning the existing drive to a new one.

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Hi, Im thinking if i can use a SSD as my main hard drive, and then put my old hard drive to the ultrabay slot. But im wondering if the SSD is using SATA 3 and the old hard drive is using SATA 2 or they both using SATA 2 connection??





_________________________________________________________W520, i7-2630QM, Nvidia Quadro 1000m, 320GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 64GB MyDigitalSSD mSATA SSD, 1600x900 resolution screen.

Answer:Lenovo W520 regular SATA 2 hard drive with a SATA 3 SSD?

Hi
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community
 
You can use SSD as primary drive and install Operating system on the same .
 
Secondly SSD which is installed in your system is SATA III while as the other hard drive is SATA II
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/ww/pdf/w520_datasheet.pdf
Please find the link which will guide you to install the Operating System on SSD
 
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/149969-ssd-install-transfer-operating-system.html
 
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/beginners-guide/ssd-migration-or-fresh-system-installation-an-ssd...
 
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284620-32-installed-attached
 
 
Hope This Helps
Cheers!!!

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Hi i've got a p4 built on an intel D865PERL motherboard. I used to run only a 160G SATA hard drive, and I decided to get a new hard drive. I bought and installed a 300G ATA hard drive, and installed windows XP on it.

The problem is that the SATA isnt recognized anymore. When I load the bios before startup, it doesnt even show up!
I have tried a bios upgrade, and it already had the latest bios version.
I have also tried going into device manager, to see if it had to be enabled under the admin username, but of course its not recognized in the bios so it wouldnt show up there...

The old SATA still has windows installed on it. i was hoping to run both hard drives for a while, and transfer over data onto the new ATA drive and then remove the SATA and run the one hard drive.

Does anyone know why I cant run the SATA with the ATA? I thought this would be possible!? Is it because I have windows installed on the SATA, i wouldnt think that would be a problem in recognizing the drive...

Answer:run ATA hard drive and SATA? wont recognize SATA?

is the SATA master and the ATA slave?

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The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some reason, I am unable to Restore to any previous installation. As I have loads of files I want to access, I've decided get a new Hard Disk and run the original H/drive (if possible) from a SATA drive Docking Station. So essentially, I would like to know if my Dell DXC061 will run and support a new Seagate 1Tb SATA3 7200rpm Barracuda. My BIOS is Ver. 2.4.0 dated 05/24/07. I have opened the CPU to see that the current drive connectors appear similar to those on the SATA Docking Station and think my old drive will fit it. However, it's now occurred to me that its possible the newSATA 3 drive may not be compatible with my BIOS or Motherboard. Any help or comments please? Incidentally I have most of my most useful files backed up on an external drive, so all, hopefully is not lost.

Answer:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

You need a SATA3 port to connect a SATA3 HDD to be fully compatible.

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I understand Sata 3 is backward compatible with Sata 2. So will a Sata 3 Seagate HD work if plugged into the Sata 2 port of an Asus motherboard using the included Sata 2 cable? Will there be any problems/disadvantages apart from the HD only performing at Sata 2 speeds?
Hard drive
http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-3-5-sata-iii-6gb-s-barracuda-hard-drive-7200rpm-16mb-cache-st500dm002
Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/269072-asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-amd-socket-am3-8-channel-hd-audio-matx-motherboard-m5a78l-m-usb3

Answer:Will a Sata 3 Hard drive work on a Sata 2 Motherboard?

Go ahead, you will have no problems at all.

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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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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Question: Replace Hard Drive

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

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

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:Replace Hard Drive in T61

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

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

Answer:replace hard drive

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

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

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Hello,(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 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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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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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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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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  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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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 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 am running Windows XP using an Abit AV8 motherboard.

I currently have two hard drives install under my IDE connection

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

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

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

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I 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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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 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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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

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

Answer:hard drive replace

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

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

Answer:Replace hard drive.

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

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

Answer:Do I need to replace my hard drive?

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

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

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

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I am getting a S.M.A.R.T. message when I boot my computer telling me that I should backup all my data and replace my hard drive.

I've got the new drive and would like to know the best way to transfer all the data from the old drive to the new drive. (I don't want to have to re install all the software over again)

Is there a way to make an image of the original drive and place it on the new one without having to reinstall all the programs again?

The OS is XP Pro with SP2
CPU: AMD Athlon64
RAM: 2GB

The old drive is 80GB IDE
The new drive is 500GB SATA

Thanks

Answer:Need To Replace The Hard Drive On My System

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive problems - how to replace?

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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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Hello:
My computer has officially died. The good news is the hard drive is still good. Can I take my hard drive and put it into a different computer that is not new? Will there be problems since the new PC is totally different from the old one as far as programs, drives, etc goes. They both have Windows XP but that is the only in common things with the 2 hard drives. At any rate, I really would like to at least retrieve some files off the old hard drive.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: replace hard drive into a different PC

I guess what I really want to know is it as simple as it sounds to take a hard drive and replace it in a different PC by switching it out with the newer PC's hard drive?
thanks agian
 

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My external hard drive went bad. I would like to replace it in its caddy, which I like. But I notice when I took the HD out of the caddy, that there are no actual connections. There is a metal area on the side of the hard drive which I presume is a contact. I don't recall seeing this "contact" on other hard drives.
Do all hard drives have such a contact? How do I know if the HD I buy will operate when I install it in the caddy?
Many thanks for advice or links.
Jack

Answer:Replace hard drive in caddy

Can you post an image of the connection. Some HP and Dells have a plastic plastic adapter that attaches to the serial connections.
 
Edit: What is the make and model of the computer.
 

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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

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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I have a HP Pavillion HPE-510tWin 7 Home Premium 64-bit I'm in need of a new hard drive and don't know what kind type to get. I don't know how to find out what is in my PC. started about a month ago; randomly I couldn't do anything. From opening a window to closing a window. It appeared to be froze.Ctrl+Alt+Delete would workI could go to start and choose to restart, but as soon as all the icons disappeared just an empty screen remained (with destop picture).I was forced to turn off with power button.I then turned back on after waiting a minute and displayed the enclosed screen.Windows loaded after hitting F1 Any help is appreciated.thank you 

Answer:need to replace hard drive in Pavillion

Ok. You need a  3.5" SATA  legacy hard disk or a 2.5" format SSD to replace the failing hard drive with. You can purchase it at a PC shop or at an online store. I will provide a link to NewEGG.com that shows the type you need. Hard diskshttps://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100167523%20600003269%206004... SSD (2.5" format)the only SSD controller type that won't work in your desktop PC is the latest type, NVMe.  

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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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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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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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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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Can't find manuals or videos for this specific model disassembly. I'm an IT pro and I don't want to chance damaging an HP case (I just did that to a G3). Help? Ideas? 

Answer:How to replace memory or hard drive?

Hello, Please try this : 1) http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c043309422) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLIxdw1-uxU Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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

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Answer:Laptop, replace hard drive

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

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