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Is It Possible And Worthwhile To Replace Hard Drive


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#1 buttmike

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:34 PM

I have a laptop Dell Inspiron 2650. The hard drive has been crashing and giving me recurring problems. Is it possible to replace the hard drive? Is it worth it? Should I try to upgrade the performance? Should I bail and look into a new laptop?

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:39 PM

You can replace your hard drive, I've not done it on a laptop but a couple of my buddies have. (If they can, anybody can) But if it's just crashing, have you thought about reformatting and reinstalling? Your hard drive might not be bad, just the programs kinda screwed up... :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 10:48 PM

Here is Dell's manual on how to replace that computers hard drive.

Replacing the Dell Inspiron 2600 and 2650 Hard Drive

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:28 AM

I would suggest running a diagnostic from the manufacturer of your hard drive before replacing the drive. They're free and they can tell you if the drive is failing without having to open the case.

A new hard drive will cost around $90 at the larger retail outlets, although Dell can sell you one with the OS already installed (that'll make the job a lot easier - although it may cost more). Make sure you've got your Dell recovery CD/DVD's on hand before starting!

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 12:45 PM

I just replaced a dell latitude d600 hard drive, not a huge problem anywhere. Just make sure if you are going to move everything over to the new drive (which you probably don't want to do if everything is crashing) that you have a laptop ide -> desktop ide converter (like 5 bucks on newegg), or at least a usb external drive you can use as a middleman. Also, I don't know if this particular dell laptop is the same, but most that I know of only take a proprietary dell standard, so you can't just get a drive from newegg for cheaper.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 07:31 AM

On the Dell's that I've seen, the hard drive is a standard model from a major manufacturer of drives - and they may use an adapter (a black plastic thing) that fits between the drive and the plug on the motherboard.
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