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Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

Q: Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

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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Preferred Solution: Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

A:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

A:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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I just upgraded my HP mini-laptop to Windows 10. I want to clone my 250 GB hard drive to a bootable 500 GB hard drive. I have read many of the Google responses re: software to use etc. One of my main questions has to do with OneDrive, which is slowly uploading files. Can I just clone the hard drive in its current state (using EaseUS Todo Backup or Macrium Reflect (any suggestions on which will be appreciated) or do I need to do some more preparation of existing hard drive first. Thanks for any advice. MM

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I moved about 10GB of files (using Photoshop Elements) from my laptop's hard disk to an external hard drive. I double checked and the files were moved correctly - they don't show up on the laptop and show up on the external hard drive. However, the laptop's C drive does not show an increase in space. I restarted the laptop but it still shows the same free space as prior to the move.

Any idea why? This is with a Lenovo T440s with Win7.


A:Moved files to external hard drive but no change in laptop disk size

Dumb question, did you delete the files off C ?

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Hello every one! My computer drive E is not showing data and from properties it is shown that data is still there and occupying space. This problem started two days ago when i started my pc and when i opened E there was nothing shown and before it was working properly... kindly help me....

A:Primary hard drive not showing data on it...

Use A43 File Manager. This is a replacement for Explorer.

Your files are still there, probably hidden by malware infection

at the CMD prompt type these

CD /

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I did a raw format. Everyting is running fine however my hard drive is showing as primary IDE slave.My cd is showing fine as secondary master. Does this matter?

A:Hard Drive Showing As Primary Slave?

Change the jumper to Master. If it's the only drive on the primary channel, you can use CS (Cable Select)...

If everythings running you can leave it as is I suppose

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My default hard drive is almost out of space and I'm planning to upgrade it. What is the maximum size that this model could handle? Is 2TB- 3TB fine? Another question.I replaced my optical disk to an HDD caddy with a 250gb SSD inside it. I installed my new OS there and made it the default boot drive. The default HDD that comes with the laptop is my backup drive. Is this set up okay?orDo I have to put my SSD on the default HDD area and place my 2tb/3tb hdd on the caddy for maximum performace?

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A:What is maximum size of hard drive I can replace to my defau...

Hi, 1. In theory you can get 2TB or TB but 1TB has better peformance.2. You can't boot from the caddy. My suggestion: use SSD for normal bay and use 2TB in the caddy. You will have both what you want.3. As (2) above. Regards.

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I have a Windows 7, 64-bit Dell desktop with 60-GB primary C: drive and 500-GB secondary E: drive. We keep bumping against size limitation on 60 GB drive.

I would like to consolidate to a single 1-TB hard drive. What would you recommend as the best approach?

I have been looking at various posts on TSG. It seems cloning the 60-GB C drive to 1-TB drive (over USB 2) is a start. But what to do with the data on E drive. Also, I noticed the E drive also has Program Files\ and WINDOWS\ directories. Is that cause for concern?

I was thinking of using Macrium Reflect Free, unless there is a better tool.

A:Solved: [hard drive] Cloning to larger drive, Win7

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I decided to do a clean install of windows and formatted the hard drive after backing up any data I wanted to keep. When I put the hard drive back and tried to install windows, it took me several hours monkeying around in the BIOS to even get the hard drive recognized, switching back and forth between UEFI and Legacy, and trying to change other settings to see if it would help.

At one point the drive did show up but windows wouldn't install because the current settings at the time required the disk to be MBR instead of GPT. I converted it to MBR on another computer by pulling out the drive and using an enclosure and then putting it back in the original laptop, and when I put it back in it did look like it was going to allow me to install, but I had to call it quits at that point because I had to leave.

When I came back, surprise surprise, the hard drive couldn't be seen in BIOS anymore and I ended up having to install windows to an M.2 drive I had, but I need my primary hard drive to be recognized and used as the boot device.

I don't know what other relevant info to include so let me know if there's something I need to divulge.

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I have an HP p6604y desktop that is about 5 years old. I added an extra 1TB HD to it not longer after purchase. That drive died, and now the main (original) 1TB HD is acting up.  I'm trying to find out if I can replace the original 1TB drive with a new drive that is larger. I find nothing to indicate if this is possible. The system has the N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix) motherboard with the AMI bios listed as v6.02 dated 7/21/10. I do not recall ever updating the BIOS, and I cannot find that there is one posted on the HP site. Does anyone know if this system will support a drive larger than the original 1TB, and if so how large? Thanks in advance. Scott

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...and be recognised to it's true capacity?

Windows XP (without SP2) only recognises drives up to around 127 gig.

If the drive is formatted thru Computer Management console (with SP2) and is then used to start the install of XP, the installation process doesn't recognise the large volume as being valid (it considers it corrupt/unrecognisable) and requires it to be formatted again (which will then reduce it to around 127gb).

I haven't actually tried partitioning the drive first but don't really want to and doubt it would matter in any case.

I want to use the hard drive, to it's full capacity of 300gb (279gb in reality), as the master boot drive.

Is this possible?

A:Can a hard drive larger than 127gb be used as the boot drive...

Hello and Welcome to TSF

No, it will not get the full 300gb, thats just the way it is. There is always so many gb that will not show.

Some Manufacturers say "Gigabyte" when they mean 1,000,000,000 (10^9) bytes. When your operating system says "Gigabytes" it means 1,073,741,824 (2^30) bytes. This means in your OS the drive appears smaller.

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I want to install a larger hard drive without having to reinstall many programs, update them, and recustomize them.

Dell Inspiron 3500 with 6 gig drive formatted as C: and D: All important programs are installed on C: 3.9 GB 2.95 GB used. Data only on D:

New Hard drive is 20 GB.

I can network to 40 GB to store.

Can this be done?

A:Upgrading to a larger hard drive in a laptop

I will have access to another 3500 Inspiron in a few days if this helps.

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

A:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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i have two hard drives in my comp a 40gig master split in to four partitions. c: win me d: win xp e: files and f: programs. i also have a 80 gig slave with games on. today my e drive which is 25 gig in size was getting to its capacity ( it had less than 400 meg space on it). so i selected and cut two files totaling 1.5 gig and cut them and pasted them into my 80 gig drive. then my e drive showed 550 meg free. i rebooted and looked again still only 550 meg free. i then selected more files totaling 3 gig this time and cut and pasted them into the 80 gig drive. this time it says there is 750 meg free on e drive. helpppppppppppp i have moved files totaling 4.5 gig and it has only freed up 350 meg. i can't stop the pesky pop up saying disk space running low. i am running xp pro. can anyone shed some light on this problem please.

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Hi! can anybody help please, I have a 4.3gig hard drive, well that is what it says on the cover of the hard drive, in bios it states it is a 4.3 gig, ( it is a western digital ) but when going to my computer/ then click on the hard drive it sates it is only a 500Mb, I have had it in as a single hard drive in as a secondary master, but the same comes up, western digital, told me to run there diagnostic program which I did, and it said all was well with the hard drive, how can I get it to show the true size, I have moved the jumpers to where they state they should be,
I have tried it on 3 different computers, the best one I tried it on was an amd 500mhz, less than a year old, tried it on a 486, but naturally it wouldn't show true on that with out a program from western digital, and I have tried it on a pentium, tried it running both windows 98 second edition, and windows 95B, HELP please

A:Hard drive not showing true size

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i have AMD 64 , 2.2 ghz processor, 180GB hard dive, i installed window XP with sp2.
the problem is my hard dive is not showing actual size, its showing only 97.7GB. what will be the cause? if some body give me help that will be great. thank you

A:hard drive not showing actual size?

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i have a freecom external hard drive. it was working fine until one day it decided to stop working.

this light on the drive lights up but i can't hear anything working inside it. and now it won't show up as a drive when i open windows explorer.

please help?

A:External hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Hi have you tried it in another computer to see if it works there

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Hey guys

Got a new 2TB hard drive (f and have it installed, obviously showing up as an empty drive at the moment. Is it possible to use my old 320GB (c drive as boot only but still have the new one as the primary drive, programs install there, download there etc?
any help is appreciated!

PC is a homebuild running Win 7 64bit,
can provide specs if needed.

A:can I boot from a smaller drive and use a larger one as my primary?

Quote: Originally Posted by Goblin137

Hey guys

Got a new 2TB hard drive (f and have it installed, obviously showing up as an empty drive at the moment. Is it possible to use my old 320GB (c drive as boot only but still have the new one as the primary drive, programs install there, download there etc?
any help is appreciated!

PC is a homebuild running Win 7 64bit,
can provide specs if needed.

I'm not sure what you mean by "primary drive". There is no problem with using the 320GB as your C: drive with your Win 7 and programs on it and use your 2TB for music, pictures and other data. Be sure and put your programs on the same drive as your Win 7 is on.

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I have Windows 7 installed on an SSD 128 GB drive but I'm upgrading the drive to an SSD 256 GB. But at the same time I want to keep the newly installed drive letter as C: like the old one so I can use "C: only" software.

My present hard drives are:

Primary Windows 7 128GB SSD - labeled C:
ASUS DVD Optical - labeled D:
WD 1TB Internal Storage - labeled E:
Seagate 800GB External Storage - labeled F:

When I tried to reboot with the new drive plugged in, Windows 7 recognized the system image from my internal storage E: drive but in the System Recovery Options menu, the storage's letter suddenly changed to C:...

How do I keep the NEW 256GB installed drive as C:? Is it possible to change the primary drive letter in Windows 7 Disk Management back to C: after a primary SSD drive switch and system image recovery?

A:Want to change Primary SSD drive but keep Drive letter at C:

Robinsongs, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

If you install the new ssd in your d slot after restoring your image to the SSD, your bios will normally allow you to
select the boot drive. which you can select as the new SSD.

I would remove the old C drive and place the new ssd in the old C slot. Should be ok.

This way when you boot your machine the bios should automatically boot from your new ssd.
If you have restored your old c image to the new ssd properly.

Bios normally allows you to select boot devices.


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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

A:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

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I'm working on a computer that currently has virtually no space left on the C:drive, but has over 20GB empty space on the other hard drive partition, the F:drive.

It's a shared computer, and unfortunately people keep downloading programs and other media onto the C:drive, despite my attempts to keep it's volume down. Now I get messages that pop up telling me that my C:drive is dangerously full and could effect the performance of my computer.

Do you know of any way that I could change the size of my hard drive partitions so that I can add more space to my C:drive and decrease the space of my F:drive?

I appreciate your help.

A:How do I change the size of my hard drive partitions

you could use partition magic to resize the drives. this is a trial version, but i cannot see what, if any, limitations it has. it is always very wise to back up data before you mess around with the partition sizes. i have used partition magic a good few times and never had a problem with it.

another option is to uninstall some software and reinstall on F:\ or whichever partition has the empty space.

there could be alot of trash on the C:\ drive as well. i use this program to view what folders are using the most space and very often you'll find user created files, that can be deleted, sitting on the HD.

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

A:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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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

A: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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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! 

A: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 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.

A: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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Need help !!

I got a 650 MHz PC with a CB641X-Bx Daewoo motherboard.
I'm running win/xp/pro on it and I recently installed a 160 Gig drive in the case, but when I run the provided drive software it only showed a 130 gig not the 160 (so I'm missing 30 Gig). I thought that since I had XP I would be able to use the whole size.

A friend of my told me that maybe a bios upgrade in needed.
My question is:
1. Is downloading and installing a bios very risky?
2. What do I need to do so that I can use the full drive size?
3. Can I use the full drive size as one Partition or is it better to break it up into smaller sizes?

A:XP Not Reading my larger drive size

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I keep getting data overload warnings on my SSD 128Gb (c: ) I have another seldom used 2Tb HHD that has some data on it but could easily be moved to another drive. All drives are NTFS. I'd like to move all data on (c: ) to the 2Tb HHD, making it my new booting (c: ).

Can this be done without too much trouble?

A:How to move Windows 7 64-bit (c:) to new larger hard drive?

I would take a look at the cloning features of free imaging programs. Macrium Refflect Free is one example. Make sure when you clone to a larger drive it doesn't require the Windows boot partition to be the same size as the source partition. You could probably live with a 128 GB boot partition. But searching around may side step the limitation.

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Hi all!

I've got a question about disc cloning. I've used it before with some Linux installs on my "tinker boxes" which happily took to whatever partition resizing I wanted, but never on my personal, everyday desktop. Currently, I've got two hard drives installed in my machine - an old 80gb IDE that is my main "OS" drive, and a 320gb SATA which is my "Data" drive. I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit.

I've read in the past that it's impossible to successfully clone a Windows 7 install to a larger hard drive and grow it from it's old size to fill the entire size of the new drive....however, I found this article this morning and it confused me because it IS talking about using Win7's backup and restore to copy it to another larger drive AND extend it to use the full partition...? Did I misunderstand something there? Does Backup and Restore only copy WINDOWS and not the programs installed on it's drive?

Basically, I want to be able to clone Windows from it's current 80gb IDE drive to a 160gb SATA drive and have everything work exactly as it was, EXCEPT it's now on a larger partition on the 160gb drive...? Is this even possible?

Thanks for any help!

A:Cloning WIndows 7 to a larger hard drive...?

Not sure what you mean by

install to a larger hard drive and "grow it" from it's old size to fill the entire size of the new drive..

but why not take an image of the old drive and restore that to the new drive. For that I would recommend Macrium Reflect

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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

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

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

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

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Hi, I 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'm new, plz help.  My laptop's hard drive is failing and needs replacing.  I can order a similar drive (a 160 GB SATA drive) from ebay.  Question: when I get and replace the drive, what steps must I take for the laptop's BIOS to recognize the new drive, make it the primary, then install the Windows 7 OS from my Recovery DVDs?Perhaps the BIOS will see the drive automatically and I can simply use the Reccovery DVDs???? Thank you!

A:How to replace my laptop's hard drive

It's really straightforward. Stick the new drive in the machine, boot from the DVD and let the installer initialize, format and mount the hard drive.  Hard drive "how-to" is on p. 4-10 of the Service manual here: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01868653 These older laptops are a joy to work on. Reminds me of when the computers and pollution control stuff became common on cars. Makes you nostalgic for your 1969 Chevy Impala which you could tune up yourself.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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The hard drive on this laptop is beginning to make intermittent noises.Where can  I buy a replacement hard drive and how do I transfer the complete contents (i.e. OS, Office Products, 3rd party software, etc.) of my old hard drive to a new bootable hard drive?I assume MOVING all the contents of my old hard drive to the new hard drive satisfies my licensing agreement to have only one copy of the software operating at a time.  I wish to remain with the Windows 7 operating system.

A:Replace HP laptop hard drive

Hi,You can buy any good branded 2.5 inch SATA 9.5mm HDD. Western digital, HGST travelstar are good ones.For moving, you can use Macrium Reflect Free cloninghttp://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50081.aspxYou need SATA to USB adapter to connect hard drive to computer:https://www.walmart.com/ip/StarTech.com-USB-3.0-to-2.5-SATA-III-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Cable-w-UASP-Stor...But word of caution: if OS is corrupted or hard drive is failing, cloning wouldn't be a good option as it may not successfully move with all OS integrity retainedRegardsVisruth

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

A:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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Is there a video (YouTube) or manual that shows how to replace a hard drive on  my  HP 14 -n018us laptop? Thanks MP

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A:can i replace a laptop hard drive with a newer one???

Originally Posted by nostaw5

the title says it all

Yes, you just need to make sure the newer hard drive is compatible with your laptop (cables/voltage/etc.)

Hope I helped!

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Hi every one. I had been using the laptop fine then the next thing it restarted and wont start. Then im hearing the dreaded ticking and clicking from the hard drive. Ive taken all the screws out of the back of the case but i cant see any way to separate the case to get at the hard drive. Id really appreciate any help.

A:How do i open my laptop to replace the hard drive

Hi, The Specifications Page for your notebook lists it as shipping with Windows 10 - if that's correct, the machine should still be under warranty so you could contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced free of charge- If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the UK, contact HP Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. If you do want to replace the HDD yourself, the procedure is detailed starting on Page 56 of the Maintenance & Service Guide.  ( Note that there are 2 screws under the rear rubber feet that are easy to forget- Page 39 ). Regards, DP-K 

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I was compromised by a cyber locker virus/malware. It completely has my computer in it's control. It wants me to pay a ransom to unlock it. I decided to get a new hard drive and toss the old one. There is nothing important on it. I'm using my desk top to write this question.
This is a HP Zv5445us laptop with Windows XP, a FUJITSU 100GB hard drive, and 1152 MB memory. I purchased a SEAGATE 160 GB hard drive to replace the original. I do have the recovery disc that came with the lap top.
After installing the new hard drive and turn the power on, and click the ESC key, I get a boot menu. If I click on hard drive, Media test failure screen shows.
If I just turn it on, There is a screen with PXE-E61:Media Test Failure.
If I turn it on and click F10 key, I get a PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility page with the PC specs.
My question: What is the procedure to format the new hard drive then install windows XP and use the recovery disc? Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thank You.

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I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.

A:Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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Guys I am looking to replace the hard disk in my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop with an SSD drive to improve performance. Can someone please advise what interface/size/height/dimensions that is required for successful installation. Please also advise any additional information that I might require. Thanks in advance,T  

A:Want to replace hard disk in laptop with SSD drive

actually you can't upgrade there are differnt slots for SSD,means its coonecting port with motherboard is different.

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Hey guys I was wondering if it's possible to put in a 3 or 4 tb hard drive into my laptop. The current max it says in the manual is 1 TB, but it also says that for other laptops but is possible to upgrade. I have an m.2 nvme 256 gb and a crucial 750 GB SSD in it right now. They are GPT formatted and it does have uefi, so I don't think it'll be an issue. But I've read about HP limiting sizes in the BIOS.  And also I cannot find this type of connector cable anywhere or what it's called. I do have pictures of it though. Thank you http://s36.photobucket.com/user/ahsfisher/library/?view=recent

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@djmagnum You're going to have a problem using any drive larger than 2TB because they have to be formatted GPT -- and unless your current drive is also formatted GPT, you will not be able to "clone" it onto the new drive due to formatting differences. Here's a thread that shows you how to check to see what formatting was used for your drive:  http://www.multibooters.com/guides/determine-if-hard-drive-is-mbr-or-gpt.htmlGood Luck

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."


A:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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Sorry to be posting so often lately, but I'm about to dive into some serious work; & need some advice. A few months ago, I added a secondary hard drive to my system (A Dell 700; & the drive was a Maxtor 60GB.) I do a lot of work with digital multitracking; & use the drive exclusively for audio files. The drive was an ATA/133, which I was told will work in my ATA/100 system (& it does.) Now, my primary drive is getting noisy & slow; & I purchased another Maxtor, a 40GB; & also a 133. My questions are: A) Now that both drives are going to be 133's, will they both work in my 100 system?; & B) Should I upgrade the card to a 133 anyway? I am running 512MB of SD/RAM, but with a PIII 700, what should I do, stay with the 100 card or upgrade to the 133. Thanks.


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

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

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

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