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Replacing hard drive in laptop, advice pls


AroundAgain
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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

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lotvic

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Here's the Western Digital Acronis Free from WD website

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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lotvic

see page 2 10:55 seems the free version no longer supports cloning.

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AroundAgain

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Hi

Well, this is not proving easy!

Thanks for the links for WD Acronis but it won't install as the HD is not WD, although the new drive is, and I even attached it via usb but that didn't help.

So, I've installed EaseUS, clicked on Clone disc, but I'm stuck. I can't see anything for me to do/click but the 'Next' button is greyed out, so I can't move on from this screen.

Here is a shot of what is on the laptop screen. Hopefully, someone can advise me, please?

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/29431384.jpg/

Thanks, folks

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lotvic

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Fruit Bat /\0/\, strange as both your link and mine have cloning in description.

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rdave13

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Todo tutorial, your usb hard drive is either not connected of needs formatting to NTFS as it's not being seen by Easeus.

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rdave13

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PS, you need to connect the usb drive before running Todo.

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AroundAgain

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Yes, I read they were both ok for cloning, so something I'm not doing! Possibly having the new drive to clone to plugged in would help!!! Thanks for pointing that out. I did connect it but only after trying to run the program. Yes, rather stupid of me, eh?

So, I'll have another go later but am out all day today.

Thanks. rdave, you have an early start!!!

Thanks, catch you later, or 2moro

Cheers

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AroundAgain

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Just had another try, with the new drive connected, but still the same screen.

I checked in Explorer and, in fact, the new drive isn't showing so I'm not connecting it properly maybe?

This is what I've got for casing - http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/525/20121016075420.jpg/

It has the mini-usb one end and then has two usbs. I've been connecting with what I assumed was the 'main' one, but should I be doing something with the other, shorter one, perhaps?

I've tried it on my pc and it doesn't show up here either. How can I test if maybe the casing or the drive is faulty, or whatever?

Thanks so much for your help

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Miké

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The two usb plugs are to ensure that the external drive has sufficient power, plug them in to adjacent usb sockets.

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woodchip

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You need to connect both USB's one is to power the Drive other is for Data

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