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    replacing hard drive on a computer

    I have a computer that a friend gave me after the hard drive failed. How hard is it to replace the Hard drive? I am thinking about get a cheap hard drive and letting my daughter use it. The one that died is only 40 GB and the computer is a 5 year old Dell. It looks like a 40 to 80 GB HD goes for $20-30 on E-bay. Is there some way to tell what I am looking for to replace the hard drive? Is this fairly easy to do? I realize I will have to install the operating system and all the other software.



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    Re: replacing hard drive on a computer

    It will more than likely involve pulling a ribbon cable and a power cord from the hard drive itself.

    From there removing the actual drive from the tower which is usually held in by a few screws or sometimes there are different proprietary holders that keep the drive in place. None of this is complicated. Reverse the process to put the new drive in.

    Like you said you'll have to install the OS on the drive which will be the most involved process.

    A few hour project. 15-20 minutes swapping out the drives



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    Re: replacing hard drive on a computer

    [quote=Bader;649914]It will more than likely involve pulling a ribbon cable and a power cord from the hard drive itself.

    From there removing the actual drive from the tower which is usually held in by a few screws or sometimes there are different proprietary holders that keep the drive in place. None of this is complicated. Reverse the process to put the new drive in.

    Like you said you'll have to install the OS on the drive which will be the most involved process.

    A few hour project. 15-20 minutes swapping out the drives

    I have had the hard drive out once already, so I know how to handle that part. Is there something I need to know aout the old hard drive to pick the new one or are hard drives pretty much the same besides the size? (can I replace the 40 with an 80, 120 gb drive)


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    Re: replacing hard drive on a computer

    The only situation where this might get tricky is if there are multiple HDs in the machine.

    If that's the case you may need to set jumper pins on the drive in order to keep up the Master/Slave relationship setup already.

    If this is the only drive all you should need to do is plug it in and put the OS disk in the drive.

    If something isn't plugged in right you'll get a message when the machine boots up.



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    Re: replacing hard drive on a computer

    you need a IDE hard Drive and not a SATA one but I don't think they make SATA drives that small anyway



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    Re: replacing hard drive on a computer

    Just check the jumper settings on the current hard drive, they should be printed somewhere on the drive. Make the jumper settings on the new one the same setting as the old one. Pull out the old drive, pop in the new one. Boot to your windows install cd and away you go. Hard drive is one of the easiest things to replace, even for someone that's not computer savvy.

    I'll go ahead and state the obvious too, can't be too safe, but make sure the computer is off before you replace the HD itself, unplugged preferably.

    Get an IDE hard drive, also can be called PATA, NOT SATA. Can be any size.


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    Re: replacing hard drive on a computer

    It's a very simple job. All you should need is a screwdriver and a bit of patience. I'm guessing it's got some sort of proprietary attachment system. Just take the hardware off the old drive and put it on the new one.

    I'm guessing on a Dell, you'll just need to jumper the drive for cable select, plug it in and go. It shouldn't take you more than a few hours, including installing the OS and applying all the updates (unless you're on dialup...might take a LONG time then).


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