Installing new HDD on laptop

  Lippy 18:16 02 Sep 03
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Hi All,
I think I need to buy a new HDD for my laptop. I have never done this before is there any advice anyone can give me. The machine I'm using is a Toshiba Satellite 1900 with a 2.5" Ultra 100 DMA 18gb hard drive. While I'm doing it I thought I'd upgrade to 40gb. I've used the prodiuct recovery CD from Toshiba to reinstall everything as per factory in the past, will that still work with a new hard drive? Can I buy the hard drive preformatted? or will I need to do that too? As you can see I am a novice so any help would be gratefully received.
TIA
Lee

  madPentium 18:37 02 Sep 03

It is unlikely that the hard drive will be preformatted. The supplier doesn't know how many or what sized partitions you want.
Your recovery cd should work with a new hard drive, only a few select companies use tattooing on the hard drive, but I think they stopped doing it in the end. There is probably a code embedded in the bios chip to verify your system against the restore cd.

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