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I have a HP Pavillion DV6000eu. I want to replace the disk drive. It is currently 250gb and I want a hdd with a larger capacity. It currently has a Samsung ATA device. I cannot seem to find ATA device on the internet. Can anyone please advise what I can do.
ATA drives are often called PATA drives these days. Most laptops use 2.5" drives rather than the 3.5" used in desktops.
Unless you are confident in stripping the PC to replace the drive, I suggest you speak with someone who is competent. You will also need to be able to transfer (clone is the more correct term) data from the existing drive. For this you will need software and a caddy/dock for the new drive.
Some replacement drives can be found click here but many other sources are available.
Thanks both for your response. The hard drive is easy to get to, all I have to do is undo 2 screws. I did a backup when I first started the system, can I assume that O/S was backed up. I had to back up to a DVD. Is it better to go for a disk that has a higher rpm. I am running Vista.
As this is a laptop - if the current drive is a 5400rpm drive, then yes, a 7200rpm drive will give you noticeably higher performance.
You can't assume that a backup includes the OS. It may do - it all depends what type of backup you did.
PS - and if you want a backup that includes all your OS - the OS updates - your data - your settings - your installed software (above what the system came with) - and generally the exact state your system is in now. Then you need a complete image of the whole system as it is now.
There is software around that will do this safely and comprehensively, such as Acronis True Image.
"The hard drive is easy to get to, all I have to do is undo 2 screws." to determine whether
or Parallel ATA
just look at the drives connections. click here
SATA 2.5" drives use the exact same connectors as their big 3.5" brothers (same data cable, same power cable). The only time you will see anything different is when a manufacturer uses an extension/adapter attached to those headers, however you should be able to take the adapter off.
"can I assume that O/S was backed up. I had to back up to a DVD."
Depends on how the backup is made but probably yes vista is packed to the DVD.
Using something like Acronis rue Image to clone the old drive to the ne one is the best wau to go as when you fit the new drive with the cloned image it is exacty like the old one but with the ext space ALL your data emails favourites etc. are the same.
"Is it better to go for a disk that has a higher rpm."
Yes, but your unlikely to notice much difference.
Many thanks to you all. One last question if I may. How do you use Acronis, to what/where do I create a clone of my old disk. The backup I did was the one that you have to do when you first use the computer and can only be done once.
"The backup I did was the one that you have to do when you first use the computer and can only be done once."
It is probably like the TOSHIBA I sorted last weekend and is a self restoring image of the machine as delivered.
Clone with Acronis click here
You need another drive to clone to or use a USB caddy
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