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Need to install new HD-how?


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#1 ajsmom

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 11:14 PM

Last fall the HD on my Dell Lap top died. I worked for weeks with ThunderZ and The Wall on this forum to fix it, but the damage was too bad and it finally just laid down and died. ThunderZ helped me find a new hard drive and I finally got it ordered. Then, Life interrupted and I had to put the lap top away for a while. Now, I am back and need to get this new hard drive installed and working, but I can not find ThunderZ to help me.

I have the lap top - old HD still in it. I also have the new HD still in the box it was shipped in. What do I need to do to get this started? I have absolutely NO experience working on these things. I did remove the cover one time and blow the dust out, but that is the extent of my repair work. So, please be patient with me and explain in simple terms. I do follow directions very well! Any help getting this going will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:13 AM

I dont know the exact hard drive model or the specifics, but they are usually pretty straightforward, usually on most laptops there is a cover on the bottom of the laptops (some put them on the side) that cover the hard drive held in place by 2-4 screws. Remove that cover, the hard drive is usually held in place by some sort of bracket-again just unscrew it, and slide it out, and put the new one in the same way the old one was (you will probably have to remove the bracket from the old hard drive) Some of the older dell IDE drives had a special adaptor that went from a 2.5 inch IDE to a really small IDE, if this is the case you will have to remove the adaptor and put it on the new drive as well. If it is a standard 2.5 inch IDE or the newer model Sata, then no issues. Just keep in mind, it will only fit in one way, if you are forcing it you are likely doing it wrong and will likely break something.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:36 AM

Dell has great service manuals online (lots of pics so even slow people like me can work on them). Go to "support" and enter your model/service tag number and go from there.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 09:40 AM

Thanks! I will try that out.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:05 AM

Before you start make sure that you have the OS disk and the drivers from Dell from your laptop. If you have the original recovery disks from Dell for the laptop that would be ideal. Most newer systems have a recovery partition on the original HD so if you don't have install disks you may have a problem.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 12:52 AM

Thanks for the heads up... I do think that I have the disks. I will check before starting.




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