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How to Update or Replace a Hard Drive in a Laptop

Graham Kelly

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It is easy to upgrade or exchange a defective hard disk drive in many laptops as long as a few easy preparations are made first, and the exact size and type of laptop hard drive is utilized. If the laptop did not come with a drivers disk you'll should keep or down load them before exchanging the old harddisk.

Most up-to-date laptops are provided using a 2.5 inches hard disk, but some makers regularly provide their particular laptops with a 1.75 inch or 3.5 inches drive. There are currently two types of drive present in almost all laptops; the SATA as well as IDE interfaced products. It is very important to get exactly identical interface and over all size products; the maker picked isn't vital though. To access the harddisk nearly all laptops come with an inspection entrance inside their bottoms, nonetheless, on a few types it is essential to fully deconstruct the covering to reach the drive; this may not be a job for the novice though.

Provided your existing harddisk is still functional, then you definitely will need to start by backing up any important data files to either a DVD or CD disk. Burning the program drivers for Windows can be very important particularly if you have lost or did not get a drivers disk with your laptop. Drivers typically are not simple to locate but they are commonly found in a directory in the laptop. It is dependant on the maker and version of Windows, but can ordinarily be found after a little bit of searching about the harddrive. If identified burn all the drivers with a DVD or CD disk. Commonly, it will likely be necessary to wholly setup Windows, with an authentic software program disk, to the newest hard drive. You should have the CD key number normally located on the base of the laptop; if it's missing or torn then you may have to buy a new copy of Windows to finish the installation. For an more advanced laptop user, it usually is feasible to totally mirror the full hard disk drive onto the brand new harddisk; nonetheless, this involves special computer software and typically with usage of an extra desktop to link the former and new hard disk drives together with each other.

After you have fitted your new harddrive and switched on your laptop you should notice a message implying that Windows is missing, except if you were able to totally copy the earlier harddisk where it will power up and perform exactly as before the update. Assuming Windows has not been working then you certainly might put the Windows DVD into your laptop's optical drive and switch on using this drive; you might need to press a function key to accomplish this. It is best to at this point re-install Windows, software drivers and your old data etc. You will have to activate Windows and put in your selected virus checker. Now your laptop ought to be completely ready for use.

Graham Kelly has long been fixing laptops, notebooks and pc at component level. He is always delighted to give practical guidance and might be got into contact with at Trilogic's internet site for laptop screen fix or damaged RAM disk .


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