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    Replacing laptop hard drive

    I've built 3 PC's and have set them up with multiple drives but I've never played around replacing a hard drive on a laptop. How hard of process is this?

    #1 How do I access the hard drive? This is a cheap Dell B130.

    #2 What's the best way to copy over the current OS and content to a new drive? I have some acronis software that I use for back-up on my PC but I believe it also has the ability to clone a disc.

    Any help?



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    It's actually not all that hard... I did it after my laptop hard drive went to crap on me


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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Don't remember the exact details but it was pretty much plug and play... you'll probably have to take one small screw off to get to the tray it sits in... pull out the old one and put in the new one

    (If I remember correctly... it's been almost 2 years)


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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Make an image of your hard drive onto a USB external hard drive if you can. This is the easiest way to bring it back. Ghost is a good one, but if you have Acronis, it should do the trick as well. As for the location of the hard drive, it can sometimes be on the side. Ill look at your model and see if i can find it.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Documentation

    Here it is.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I've built 3 PC's and have set them up with multiple drives but I've never played around replacing a hard drive on a laptop. How hard of process is this?

    #1 How do I access the hard drive? This is a cheap Dell B130.

    #2 What's the best way to copy over the current OS and content to a new drive? I have some acronis software that I use for back-up on my PC but I believe it also has the ability to clone a disc.

    Any help?
    #1 If by access you mean get it out, when you flip the laptop over find the screw with the 3 discs on top of each other near it (at least, most Dells have images near corresponding screws) and either pop open the hatch or slide out the hard drive carrier.

    If by access you mean get at the drive from another computer you'll need one of these

    Laptop Repair Help Accessing notebook hard drive using USB enclosure

    Laptop Repair Help How to connect a laptop hard drive to a desktop computer

    #2 Just do a clean install, you're better off starting over rather than imaging the drive and moving old problems over with it. As far as content goes, use a flash drive or other external drive to move backed up content over to the new drive.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Documentation

    Here it is.
    That helps a lot.

    So will any SATA 2.5" hard drive work?

    This kit looks like it would be handy. Yes?

    Newegg.com - APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit - External Enclosures



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    So will any SATA 2.5" hard drive work?
    As long as the drive you pull out is SATA and not PATA yes.

    I don't know how old that model is but I doubt that mother board is able to utilize SATA 3 (3 gb/s throughput as opposed to 1.5), so I wouldn't spend the extra money for a SATA 3 drive. Though they may have come down in price.

    Also I'd recommend buying a 7200 RPM drive, well worth the little extra price.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Im betting its a PATA drive.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    That helps a lot.

    So will any SATA 2.5" hard drive work?

    This kit looks like it would be handy. Yes?

    Newegg.com - APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit - External Enclosures

    The drive and clone capability may be very handy. Give it a shot. Its affordable enough.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Im betting its a PATA drive.
    You are correct. I'm kind of torn on whether to upgrade the hard drive or just buy another cheap laptop.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    You are correct. I'm kind of torn on whether to upgrade the hard drive or just buy another cheap laptop.

    Guess it depends on what you use it for. The hard drives are getting pretty cheap. If you dont need a ton of space, just get a cheap 40g. If you are looking for something longer term, you may want to invest in a new system. Hell you could probably find someone with a junker laptop and get a hard drive for free. Then you could sell it to put some cash towards your new one.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Guess it depends on what you use it for. The hard drives are getting pretty cheap. If you dont need a ton of space, just get a cheap 40g. If you are looking for something longer term, you may want to invest in a new system. Hell you could probably find someone with a junker laptop and get a hard drive for free. Then you could sell it to put some cash towards your new one.
    The hard drive is still working and fine but it's only 40gb and has only 10gb left. I'm taking it to europe in a couple of months and want to make sure I have enough storage for the video. It only has 1/2 gig of ram and not a real fast processor but it works good for what I use it for and I only paid $400 for it. Looks like I could get a 160gb HD and the kit for a total of $100. On the other hand i could just buy a 32gb flash drive for around $50.



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    Re: Replacing laptop hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    The hard drive is still working and fine but it's only 40gb and has only 10gb left. I'm taking it to europe in a couple of months and want to make sure I have enough storage for the video. It only has 1/2 gig of ram and not a real fast processor but it works good for what I use it for and I only paid $400 for it. Looks like I could get a 160gb HD and the kit for a total of $100. On the other hand i could just buy a 32gb flash drive for around $50.
    Interesting dilemma. You run more of a chance of losing the flash drive I suppose and you get less capacity.



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