imminent laptop hard drive failure

  john the scone 11:39 26 Jan 11

run dell diagnostic tool as having problems with system dumping, crashing and eveything telling me hard drive issues, inc dell hard drive diag. tool. can i buy any hard drive for my laptop as dell saying to get one from them. i burnt system discs from partiton for a re install. laptop vostro 1500 series out of warranty. if i get compatable drive is it easy enough to take old one out, put new one in and use recovery discs to put system back on? thanks

  gengiscant 11:52 26 Jan 11

you can choose any standard 2.5" drive to replace the failed one; they don't have to be identical.
Changing Harddrive:click here

  GaT7 13:16 26 Jan 11

Restoring from System Media instructions at click here under 'Using the Operating System Media' lower down for both Vista & XP.

As gengiscant says regarding the drive, but also ensure it's the same type: IDE for IDE & SATA for SATA.

Let us know what size & type you need - we can post a few alternatives to consider. Dell spares are very expensive in comparison, aren't they? G

  john the scone 19:21 26 Jan 11

its a seagate sata 160gb drive 5200. 2.5 . going into vostro vista laptop. dont want to pay for new op system so i burnt copy off i think with free dell data safe. could do with larger drive say 250gb or 320gb. any advice on a relaible one much appreciated, thanks

  robin_x 20:32 26 Jan 11

If you reckon you might get enough life out of it to make another system image to new hdd, then buy int 2.5" hdd and a USB caddy/enclosure.
(make sure caddy has external PSU not only USB powered, just in case)

click here

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Western Digital seem good value just now and you can use click here to copy/image/clone.

But since you have a Seagate already you can also use click here;1

If the drive dies halfway thru' then caddy won't be any help. Install the new drive and use your dvds.

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