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Replace Hard Drive in Dell Studio XPS Laptop

Q: Replace Hard Drive in Dell Studio XPS Laptop

It has been a long time but stilll see some familiar faces. My hard drive went and we just installed a new Toshiba (direct replacement) on this Dell Laptop.

I have the original OS Re-installation DVD (from Dell) but it is not recognizing it. Not quite sure what to do/try next.

Appreciate any input/direction.

Preferred Solution: Replace Hard Drive in Dell Studio XPS Laptop

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

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

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

A: Replace Hard Drive in Dell Studio XPS Laptop

Post here and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied.

Pick up the Tutorial: How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB here:

To Create Vista Installation DVD or USB Flash Drive with ISO File

During the install, when asked for the key, don't enter it. You will then be given a menu where you can chose the version you want to install.

Activate once the install is completed.

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

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

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

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

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Hi I?am having lots of trouble my computer is slowing down and start when it feels like takes way to long to do that and sometiems messages that access denied comes out just like that. I already have done this with my desktop in the past and its a big diference it change some for better and I would like to do the same with the laptop but what would I need to do this if its just one hard drive and I have external hard drive (western digital) cna this work or how its done please.

A:Dell Studio Laptop hard drive wipe

Access Denied can mean you do not have administrative right on your pc through your user profile. What are you trying to access?

GO to the link "PC Running Slow?" follow all instructions to help speed up your system. If there is no positive results report back here. Let us know how it goes.

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Hi there,

I am wanting to remove the hard drive from my Dell Studio xps 1645 laptop but would not know how to as I have only built desktop computers previously.

Also, are there any things I should check for when opening my laptop/ things I should definitely not do/ should do if it has not been opened since ive had it for over a year?

Thanking you!

A:How might I go about removing a hard drive from Dell Studio XPS 1645

You find the Service Manual for your machine. THIS ONE IS FOR THE 1640:
It might be close enough for the task, otherwise search for the exact manual for the 1645.

Go to "hard drive" and follow the steps.

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Any suggestion on which ssd is compatible with my dell studio 1555.

A:Upgrading the hard drive to a ssd on my dell studio 1555

Any standard 2.5" 7 mm SATA SSD will work - you will need a spacer (the system is designed for a 9.5 mm hard drive) to mount the drive;  some kits from Samsung and Crucial include these.
You won't see 6G speeds in this system, which is older and has a SATA 3G controller.

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I am attempting to boot or recover or even reimage a hard drive that already has windows xp installed on it that I am putting in a Dell Studio Hybrid 140g (it's original hard drive is dead)

When I try to boot to windows it just restarts everytime I try safe mode, last good config or normal boot.

I figured maybe I should reimage or attempt to recover the installation but when I boot to my windows xp professional disk it gets a bsod with this error after it loads most of the drivers:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0XF78D663C,0XC0000034,0X00000000,0X00000000) error.
I'm assuming this has something to do with the hardware in the little pc but can't seem to find drivers anywhere and Dell support is essentially non-existant especially given that my "Service tag warranty is expired"

Anyone who's run into this or something similiar that could give some tips or advice would be really appreciated.

A:Dell Studio Hybrid 140g w/new hard drive

Places I have gone are telling me to go into the bios and "Go into the Bios of the Studio by pressing F2 and change the Hard Disk from AHCI to IDE"

There is no option for this anywhere in the bios.

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I'm trying to replace a hard drive with a new SSD in a Dell XPS 8910.  However, there is a big black plastic piece that goes across the middle of the two hard drive bays that are not mentioned or pictured in the service manual and must come off some how to get the drive bays out.  
How do I remove this bracket?  It's pictured below:

A:Replace Dell XPS 8910 Hard Drive

I see something that looks like it in the manual that is identified as the graphics card bracket. Page 58. Look at the back and see if has ports for the video card.
That model has complicated hardware removal. Doesn't it come with a ssd?

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I posted this issue a while back. My hard drive is indeed dead and I would like to install a new one. I do not have an installation disk as this system (as were many others) did not ship with one and I made recovery disks. So, since the recovery disks were for the OLD hard drive, I guess I need to purchase a windows 7 or 10 OS. Also, once installed what else do I need to do: download drivers, download windows updates? I know I have to install my programs but what else. I am an average user - can you recommend a size and type for me to purchase. Thanks in advance.

A:Replace hard drive Dell 2305 All-in-one

you should be able to use the recovery Disks to put the Windows system back onto the PC
so it will be like having the PC when it was first purchased

so put the new harddrive in
put the 1st DVD from the recovery set
when the PC starts , loginto the bios , which should come up on the screen how to log into the setup/bios
make sure the DVD is the first in the boot order
you may just see , press any key to boot from the DVD
then you follow the onscreen instructions to install the software

theres quite a few youtube videos that show you how to do this

What windows version came with the PC ?

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Hello everyone!

I have a Dell Studio XPS 1640 laptop and have just run into some major problems. When I boot up it will get as far as the opening loading screen (where it displays the XPS within the circle) and it will freeze up. I then ran the diagnostic and it showed that my system has no hard drive. (meanwhile the hard drive is making some pretty crazy sounds). When I tell the system to boot from the CD it makes it to the loading screen with the side-scrolling green bar at the bottom and it gets stuck in the loading cycle I.e. It keeps going going and going. What might this be caused by and is it a simple fix?

Thanks foe all your time! Any answers/help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Dell Studio XPS 1640 will not recognize internal hard drive

youve pretty much answered the question yourself, the HDD is buggered

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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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Upon removing the bottom panel on my Dell Studio 1747 notebook to install a second hard drive, I found there is no drive bay or connector present for the second hard drive. The hard drive came with nothing more than itself. What should I do?

A:Trouble installing second hard drive in Dell Studio 1747 notebook

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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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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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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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I bought an XPS 8900 for Christmas - I work from home and teach online - computer engineering and databases no less.
So I now have an 850$ boat anchor on my hands.  Hard drive died a week ago - Dell sent onsite tech to replace.  Guy took 5 minutes, said You'll be fine. Thing died in about 10 minutes, saying "Windows could not complete the installation."   Rinse and repeat - second hard drive installed today - Guy took 5 minutes, said "You'll be fine."  Thing died again after 5-10 minutes.  "Windows could not complete the installation."
The first failure, Dell supervisor in India (surprise, surprise), said they would replace my computer - well I guess Dell allows their supervisors to lie through their teeth.   After FOUR HOURS ON THE PHONE with Dell (guess where folks ???) the tech person finally threw up their hands - they could not figure out what was going on.
I am now told to JUST PUT IT IN A BOX and send it to the address I'm supposed to receive in an email.  They will Repair it AND SEND IT BACK TO ME.  This company and their tech support is an absolute joke.
I Will NEVER EVER EVER buy another Dell.  Period.

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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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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.

A:Replace a compromised laptop hard drive

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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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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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I am trying to help out a family member. Her little used laptop (now 8 years old) slowed down to a crawl.
After trying all software solutions (repair, restore etc), I ran HD Tune which showed the heard drive was failing (plus the fact at idle the drive starts spinning furiously for a few seconds every couple of minutes).

I have taken an image of the drive onto an external hard drive using Macrium. As it is an HP Pavillion (dv6404tu) and came only with the system restore on the hard drive and no op sys disk, can I install a new drive, make a bootable CD and boot from this and then transfer the image onto the new drive? And is it that simple?

Also, as a new 120gb drive for this model will run approx $125, a SSD makes more financail/performance sense, only from what I have read, am I correct in that I can't use a SSD with this older laptop?

Thanks in advance.

HP Pavillion dv6404tu with Vista 32bit

A:Replace hard drive in HP Laptop without install discs

The chances are that yes, it is that simple.

On my old Dell laptop with Vista, that's how the system had been transferred to an SSD. The difference was that I've used USB not CD boot disk. The imaging with Macruim did not impact licensing of the OS and applications, they are working just fine. Vista is SSD aware and will adjust the boot sector size for the best SSD performance.

The wild card is how HP handles licenses for the new hard drive, be that HDD or SSD? They may do it differently than Dell, but I doubt it...

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I have a Dell Precision M4500 laptop that I bought a couple of years ago. It has a 64GB SSD with 64bit Win7 on it, and a 500GB internal 5400rpm Toshiba storage HD linked to the SSD. Lately I've noticed that the Toshiba drive is starting to click noticeably, which means it's probably time for a replacement.

The question is if I go out and buy a new 500GB or 1TB drive, is it just plug & play and the OS will just detect it automatically? Or will I need to install some kind of Intel storage drivers and do some additional tweaking?

I've never done this before so any help here would be most appreciative.

A:How do I replace a storage hard drive that's built into my laptop?

It will likely be plug and play, but laptops can be kind of finicky. If it does require drivers, Windows should install them automatically, or through Windows update.

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whenever i switch on my dell studio 1737 laptop it wont go past the dell logo stage.
any help out there on how to fix the problem?
at the moment i am running a diagnostics test and seems like most devices are passing the test.

A:dell studio 1737 laptop wont boot past dell logo

It could be any number of things but my first 2 guesses are possibly the hard drive or motherboard.you might want to take it somewhere so that you will get a correct diagnosis.

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I have a 1535 Dell laptop - I want to get a new hard drive

I've logged onto the Dell website and have looked up my laptop's spec for the hard drive:


Does this mean I *have* to get just SATA?
For example, I should NOT get SATA II?

SATA II hard drives have very good prices from what I can see
But no use buying if it's not compatible!


A:What hard drive do I need to get for my Dell laptop?

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Hey guys-

I'm pretty heartbroken on this one....My 20Giig HD for my Inspiron 8100 bit the dust.

I was fairly well backed up, but am missing my 3 YO daughter's birthday party and first day of school JPEGs. I tried jumping as a secondary on another PC- (this worked in a similar inceident few yrs back) and at first it recognized the drive and then made alot of wrilling and clicking noises and then it would not assign it a drive and allow me to get at it..... A few more re-boots and it will not recognize it.

Do any of you guys have any suggestions? OR would it be worth my while to get it to one of these "data recovery firms"? And hope they don't gouge to badly.....

Thanks in Advance,


A:Dead Dell Laptop Hard Drive

Try freezing it in the deep freeze for an hour (in a plastic bag) then accessing it before it warms up.

Its usually good for one try only, but has a measure of success depending on the nature of the failure.

Think many many hundreds of $ for professional recovery if the drive needs disassembly to extract the data.

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I have an older Dell Inspiron laptop and the hard drive is on its way out. I don't know a whole lot about hardware, but a guy at the local repair shop told me that any 2.5" IDE would pretty much work as a replacement. I looked on newegg first and had trouble finding one. Maybe I'm just an ***** but I was wondering if someone can help me find a solid one online so I can buy it. I'm looking for around the 60-80GB range maybe.

A:Hard drive replacement in Dell laptop

This will work for you:

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I have a Dell Laptop with a 80 GB drive and I am running out of room. I went to the store and got a much larger drive (I think 320 GB), a USB transfer cable and Norton Ghost.

I have run Ghost 3 times and each time I replace the old drive with the new one the computer can't seem to see the new drive with the Ghosted data. Even when I have the old drive install and the new one connect via the SATA to USB adapter will not read the drive even though the Vista see the USB device and says that it is ready to use.

What am I doing wrong???

A:Dell Laptop Hard Drive Upgrade

If you have a seagate drive ...use seagate tools....I recently cloned an hdd on my dell laptop using seagte tools


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The hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 700m died recently, and I've been meaning to replace it. When talking with my friends about it, they told me that they've "heard" that Dell laptop hard drives are custom-shaped for their laptops, so if I just go out and buy a generic hard drive, it might not fit. Does anyone know if this is true or not?

Right now, I'm using a spare hard drive that one of my friends let me borrow (also from a Dell laptop--so we don't know if the aforementioned rumor is true or not), and it's working fine. Which leads me to my second question: after I buy a new hard drive, if I just directly transfer all the data from my friend's spare hard drive to the new one, will everything run properly?

Thanks in advance!

A:replacing a dell laptop hard drive

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hi all,
lately my laptop dell vostro1700 gave some weird erro messages as "Fatal Error System" and when running preboot tests, it gives hard-drive error message
so i decided to change the hard, however there are 2 x 160Gb hdd, model hm320hi
thought of replacing with one of above 320Gb; the specs coincide, but in the model number i get last two digits different for example JI
can anyone guide me through please
need to specify also that the connection is not through wires, but through connecter mounted on bracket

thank you so much

A:Hard drive upgrade for Dell laptop

Update the BIOS to the latest version.

DELL site reports this unit:

Single Drive:

5400 RPM hard drives up to 250GB or optional 7200 RPM Free Fall Sensor hard drive at 160GB56.

Dual Drive:
Up to 320GB configured with (2 x 160GB) 5400 RPM hard drives.

Okay so you can do the same thing with the 320GB or just leave it as a full partition. Download the latest BIOS for the unit. If not then you're might be stuck with 2 partition on 320GB new drive. Since a single can support 250GB you might get away with 320GB. Odd configuration. Even 500GB with 2x partitions of 250GB should also work. Just have to test it and see.

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I would like help installing new Hitachi 100gb harddrive in Dell 9100 laptop and I would perfer to start new. I Have an ez upgrade kit from Apricorn but would rather reinstall all the software and settings that I need.

A:need help w/ new hard drive for dell 9100 laptop

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Here's what I am working on.

Dell: P-233 Latitude Laptop

Here's what I have done:

I got this computer used. I formatted the hard drive first, then I went into FDISK.
I noticed that when I hit Diplay info it shows this:

Partition: C:
Status: A
Type: Pri DOS
Mbytes: 2047
Usage: 66%

What Im concerned about is why does it show 66% usage? Does this mean it is only using 66% of the Hard drive? And if so how do I set it to get 100%?
When I set the percentage to l00 I notice it will still say only 66%...


Also: What WIN operating system in your opinion would work best with this computer being only a P233? I see it says it was built for WIN95/NT....

thanks again

A:Dell P-233 Laptop - Hard Drive Usage says only 66% - Need Help!

Sounds like you used an old version of FDISK or you did not enable large disk support when it asked in FDISK. Windows 95 at first only support a 2 Gig partition. Later versions support bigger partitions. What Windows are you using? If 95 you will have to just create an extended partition and format it. If Windows 98 you must use the windows 98 Fdisk to delete and create a new partition and don't forget to enable large disk support.

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Please help me locate and remove my hard drive. It needs to be fixed by Dell and they asked me to remove the hard drive first.

A:Dell latitude 800 laptop hard drive

tech support did not walk you through the removal of the drive? It is standard practice for techs to walk customers through how to remove the drive when determining to replace it. reseating the drive is one of the standard TS steps.
Anyway, is this a D800 or a C800? On the D800, locate the headphone jacks, you'll note that there is a cutout area around it and a screw just under the bottom edge of the system, remove that screw and pull the drive out. On the C800, the drive is located center of the right side, you'll notice a rectangle cutout with a single screw through it(if you have an IR port, it is located on the faceplate for the hdd) remove that screw, slide the plate up, grasp it firmly and pull the drive out.

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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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Dell Inspiron e1705 with corrupt sectors on the hard drive. The good - able to cable it in to a desktop to retrieve files and personal info. The bad - the corrupt sectors are in the OS so unable to boot by the hard drive or recover windows with it. The question - is this as simple as replace the hard drive with new and off we go or will I need to find a disk for the OS? The laptop came with an internal partition to repair/reinstall but no CD Rom to my knowldege. I was running XP with SP3 before the crash.

The goal would be to swap drives and keep going but if I have to purchase a new OS it may not be worth it.

Thanks for the help

A:Solved: Restore OS to new Dell laptop hard drive

And apparently I have forgotten how to type "knowledge"

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I would like to buy a new, moderately-priced computer but I do not like Windows 10 and prefer Windows 7.  Can I buy a moderately-priced, Windows 7 computer through Dell?  Also, also i would like to have a 1TB hard-drive installed with 8MB of RAM.  Any and all replies/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

A:Want to Buy Dell Laptop with Windows 7 Installed along with a 1TB hard-drive and 8MB of RAM:

The only systems left with 7 as an option have sixth generation CPUs (Skylake - now about two year old technology) -- and only business models (Latitude/Precision).  
All the 7th and 8th generation systems require Windows 10 -- meaning a "no" to Inspiron, XPS and Vostro models.
If it's the interface  you don't like, you can easily replace the 10 shell with Classic Shell (free).  Also realize that Windows 7 will go end of life (no further security updates) in just over two years (January 2020), so that will happen within the lifespan of the system you buy -- carefully consider whether you want to saddle 2017 hardware with a 2009-vintage operating system.

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Trying to figure out what is involved in changing hard drives in a new Atg 6420 laptop.
Im guessing I need to create a ghost image of current HD, but not sure how to.
Once that's done do you just install new HD and reinstall ghost. If someone could guide me through this or send me a link for a tutorial I would be greatful.
It doesn't seem like it should be that difficult.
Thanks, Owen

A:Swapping hard drive in dell 6420 Atg laptop

Easiest is to use free Macrium Reflect or the premium Acronis Cloning/Imaging App which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix. Clone over the old to new including MBR and Track 1, then unplug source HD and run Startup Repair if needed to start it.
Seagate Acronis cloning free util
WD Acronis free cloning app
Excellent manuals are available on the Downloads page.

You can also use Win7 backup imaging or one of those recommended above to save an image externally, then unplug the source HD and reimage only with the new HD plugged in.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

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Dell Latitude

I want to replace the original hard drive with a larger capacity drive, the original is (don't laugh):

Hitachi DK23DA-20, 20GB, ATA5, EIDE, 4200rpm

DELL's site gives me little to go on for replacement parts but an alternative site suggests:

160GB ATA100 5400 rpm drive

I have found a Toshiba 320GB ATA/300 5400rpm at Fry's. Is there anything I need to know about the ATA type to ensure compatibility? Will this ATA300 drive work with my system which previously had an ATA5 drive?


A:Replacing Laptop Hard Drive - Dell Latitude

Toshiba makes a very good drive. We rate it among the top three, along with Seagate, Western Digital, and Fusjitsu. In our repair shop over the past 20 years, Toshiba has been our most reliable drive. A 5400 rpm drive will last longer than a 7200 rpm drive, and that speed will be noticeable...
Also look at www.directron.com, www.zipzoomfly.com, www.TigerDirect.com, and PCMall.com among others... prices vary almost daily.

Be sure you are getting the right type of drive... some are SATA, SATAII, EIDE, and ATA6...

It is difficult to return hard drives, so be sure you are getting what you need.

The 320 GB is a good choice, and will be almost as inexpensive as the 160... and most certainly less costly per gigabyte.

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My Dell Latitude C610 laptop is reporting "primary hard disk 0 not found".
I would like help to see if there is something we can do to get it back.

A:Solved: dell Latitude C610 laptop - no hard drive

moving this to the virus section of the forum. It started to boot in windows, and then died.

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my old toshiba ATA 6 hard drive failed. so i purchased a seagate ata-100 hard drive from new egg. i installed the new hard drive and loaded the windows recovery cd. when in windows XP home edition setup it says,

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or set up program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3.

also in BIOS it says primary hard drive source: none

any ideas on how to get the hard drive working

A:Solved: Dell 600m laptop new hard drive not recognized

What were the symptoms of the previous drive failure?
Can you see this drive in the BIOS or the splash screen?
Can you hear the drive spin up?
Double check your installation.
It's possible some other component has failed.

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I have to replace the hard drive in my Dell 2650 Inspiron laptop. Does anybody know the procedure or steps to do it. I can buy one on Ebay but want to find out how to get the old one out first

A:Dell 2650 Inspiron Laptop hard drive replacement

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Upgrading a faulty hard drive for my wife's laptop; but then I saw a previous buyer returned a hard drive as his laptop did not recognise the size.

We have Dell Inspiron 510M using 40gb IDE HDD

I want to buy 160gb IDE HDD, how can i be sure the BOIS and mother board will accept the drive?

Any help appreciated

(BTW, we went to Dell website and they require a product service number, which has fallen of the bottom of our pc so we can't even ask Dell the question in the support section)



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Hello.  I posted about a month ago when my 13-month-old Dell Inspiron N4110 was stuck in a startup repair loop.  It needed a new hard drive, which I installed myself, and everything worked great for a couple weeks. Then the constant freezing started. I thought it was Firefox, since that was what I was using most often, but it turned out that *everything* would eventually start hanging--Word, Task Manager, iTunes; it even froze on shutdown a couple times. I tried disabling and reinstalling all the plugins in Firefox, I ran virus scans and diagnostics and troubleshooters and chkdsk, and no issues were ever found--until, I think, I downloaded Microsoft .NET framework when a Dell diagnostic tool asked me to.  And finally the constant freezing stopped.
But then it started again a couple days ago. The computer starts up fine, but within a few minutes it will start hanging regularly--like every 30 seconds, the cursor either won't move or clicking on something gives me a "(Not Responding)" message at the top of the window.  This lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to a few minutes.  When I open Task Manager, the CPU usage fluctuates wildly (when Task Manager itself isn't frozen)--it's usually at around 30-60%, but will rise all the way to 99% and then down to 0%.  This is when I just have one or two programs running--Firefox and Word--and I don't have many startup programs, nor a lot of programs or files on the computer in general. Once again, all the W... Read more

A:Replaced hard drive, now Dell laptop constantly hangs

Can you boot into safe mode? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode
Try running the computer for a while in safe mode and see if the problem continues. If it doesn't, it may be a problem with one or more of your drivers. When you installed the new hard drive, did you use the Dell install CD or just a generic Windows 7 CD? Dells use very specific drivers and it's best to install the OS using one of their install disks.
You may want to try a clean boot and performing some diagnostics. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
It's hard to say at this point what it could be -- this kind of behavior usually indicates an issue with driver and/or system files not loading properly and hogging all the processor bandwidth.

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hi, I ordered a new laptop through flipkart, after doing startup activities on new laptop I saw only one Drive ie C:,but in I could see apart from this drive,four other drives are there with name starts with Disk 0 partition 1/4/5/6.what is the use of them,should I keep them as it is in my laptop ? can I free up those drives ?

A:no hard drive partition guide from Dell while purchasing new laptop

All of the other partitions are required for system startup, recovery or operation.  DO NOT alter any of them - or you will be greeted with an unbootable system when you next restart.
This is a GPT disc - there is no longer a limit of four primary partitions on a disc -- so you can add a D: partition (or whatever you'd like for your data) without altering the factory layout.

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my issue is so like other posts but a smidge different. my dell 1735 has two hdd bays. i stripped my original hdd and loaded it with ubuntu. i placed it in my secondary bay and hooked it up. i recieved another hdd from dell, preloaded with vista and put it into the primary "original" bay. How do i boot up my secondary hdd? i think i may be missing the forest through the trees. thank you. sincerly, tommybee.

A:Trouble booting up second OS/hard drive on Dell 1735 laptop

you need to set up your system to dual boot.

just google "dual booting vista and ubuntu" and you'll find lots of guides on how to get you set up.

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Okay, the subject line says it all.
It's all virused up and something's wrong with the keyboard, and I'm tired beyond description of fighting EVERY program on it to download an anti-EVERYTHING program, How do I just wipe the f-f-f-f-f-fdarned thing's harddrive clean, so I can re-install from the recovery disc?
I keep hearing about programs that one may download for such a thing. Am I the only one who's suspicious of the notion of downloading a program, for the purpose of wiping out all the programs? I'm not very cyber-literate, but I can't imagine that it's difficult to write such a program with the mission: "Make all the old info on the computer no longer accessible to anyone...except me, the programmer."
Thoughts, anyone?

A:P.O.S. Rebuilt Dell E4200 Laptop. How do I reformat the hard drive?

If the 'recovery disk' has the Windows OS install on it or if it is a Repair Disk used to boot and then reinstall using the
Windows in the Recovery partition, then all you need to do is pop in the disk and reinstall following prompts. No need to
format using any other program. The clean install will wipe out any malware on the hdd.

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