Replacing hard drive in laptop, advice pls

  AroundAgain 21:28 PM 08 Oct 12
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Hi guys

Yes, another 'project'!! I love it but only with your help. I learn such a lot by 'tinkering' ;)

Laptop, HP Compaq Presario C700, Intel Pentium Dual T2310 @ 1.46GHz, RAM 2G running Vista SP2, with only 80Gb Hard drive, 10Gb of which is partitioned for Recovery files. Of the remaining 70Gb, even with moving as much as possible to the External Drive (1Tb), it is often 'in the red'. After a clear out today, there is now 7Gb free!!!!

So, I assume (? correctly) that a larger hard drive would improve the situation???

I have found the part number and details of the hard drive and searched around on the internet, it would seem I could buy a new HDD with 1yr warranty without too much problem.

My questions are -

Are there any pitfalls/major risks that I should be aware of?

Is this OK to do myself, with tutorials/YouTube?

Would buying 'new' on ebay be a huge risk, if rating is good and a registered business/outlet?

Any particular recommendations of online business of particularly high reputation with reasonable prices?

Sorry to list so many questions but I don't want to get myself in hot water, do I??? ;)

Thanks for any help or advice

Cheers

PS Last 'project' to increase RAM on friend's PC has been very sucessful :) Thanks to all who helped me there.

Note to Chronus - you'll be pleased to learn my 'old' PC is now behaving well - since I installed the drivers!!! Ha! So stupid of me ;) Oh well, there you go - live and learn, eh? Hope you OK. J

  woodchip 23:36 PM 08 Oct 12

Use Acronis to Create an Image of the Drive that's in the laptop onto a External USB drive. Fit the new Drive Start Laptop with Acronis CD or Created Rescue Disc and Load the Image from the USB drive. When Creating the Image you need to put it on the first Partition of the USB drive so that it can be seen by Acronis when you start with USB drive connected and booting with the above Acronis Media

  AroundAgain 00:03 AM 09 Oct 12

Ha! I thought it was too easy!!! Thanks, woodchip, clearly a learning curve developing here!!! ;)

I've never used Acronis or any other similar, so that will be a first. It will also be a very useful thing to get experience with too, eh?

So, thanks for that. I'll have to read up about what that entails before embarking on this proper!

Cheers

  mole1944 04:50 AM 09 Oct 12

I've just put larger drives in both a laptop and a desktop,i used Acronis and the clone optonto copy my original disc to the new one.I used an external sata docking station to o it, when it's done just replace the cloned drive back in your lapi/desktop and your way with a larger drive and a spare other drive this i format and get a silicone case to keep it safe,hope this helps.

  mole1944 04:54 AM 09 Oct 12

I've just put larger drives in both a laptop and a desktop,i used Acronis and the clone optonto copy my original disc to the new one.I used an external sata docking station to o it, when it's done just replace the cloned drive back in your lapi/desktop and your way with a larger drive and a spare other drive this i format and get a silicone case to keep it safe,hope this helps.

  mole1944 04:58 AM 09 Oct 12

Sorry for the double post but this site seems to be getting slower and more unstable,it may be me but it is definately flakey

  rdave13 05:26 AM 09 Oct 12

As above really but I'd clone rather than using an image. Download Easus to the laptop and read the help files on how to clone. I use Paragon so you'll need to read the Easus instructions on how to clone. Buy one of this type of enclosure and put one of these into the enclosure. Clone the laptop's harddrive to the USB connected one. Swap hard drives. A video showing how to change a laptop hard drive, click here, not the same model but gives a very good idea. One mistake in the vid. is that the battery was not removed. Make sure you remove it before opening a compartment on the laptop! Once you've swapped the hdds just boot the laptop up and you should be up and running.

  rdave13 05:30 AM 09 Oct 12

PS, you can check Ebay for a new drive but I've found they're not as cheap there as you might think.

  onthelimit1 08:59 AM 09 Oct 12

Bought several from ebay with no problems (last week, 360Gb for 30 quid).

Not wishing to saturate you with info, but when I do this I use Seagate's own slimmed down, free version of Acronis to clone the drive to a new one in a caddy. It's a doddle to do.

Some useful reading from their site here

  AroundAgain 09:10 AM 09 Oct 12

Wow! Thanks guys, for all this advice. I'll be reading up later but just off out now. Cheers

  AroundAgain 15:58 PM 10 Oct 12

Hi again

OK, so have now done a bit of reading and stuff and consequently just a couple more questions.

The laptop has a partitioned HDD (C and D) containing the Recovery stuff D/drive. Will there be some sort of choice to clone the whole HDD, ie both C and D, 'as is'? Or will I have to clone C and D separately?

I have a SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 cable. Presumably that can be used? However, I think, as the price is minimal, I'll order the caddy as suggested by rdave13, as that can then be used as resident backup more easily. I notice it doesn't have power cable so will there be enough power to the caddy via the USB connection to run a such a drive?

So, basically, I will download/install the cloning software, attach the new drive in the caddy to the laptop. Then Copy the entire C&D drive to the new drive in the caddy. Then, remove the original HDD, replace with the new, larger capacity, HDD, fire up and (finger's crossed and much prayer) Bingo? I have read you can take old drive out, new drive in, make a bootable disc etc but it seems a bit more complicated to me. Am I missing something???

So, I'll see about getting the new drive now so that I should be able to do this next week sometime.

Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate it.

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