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#1 jay_aka_philly

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

How hard is it to switch hardrives in a laptop?

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

Generally not difficult, depending on the way the laptop is constructed. All the laptops I've used have hard drive access by lifting a small hatch on the underside, typically secured with two small screws.

My Toshiba is the simplest - the hard drive just has a flat bracket attached to the end, held down with two screws. After removing the laptop's battery, you undo the screws, lift the bracket enough to clear the case and the drive slides right out.

My HP is more complicated - the drive is in a tray with an adapter from its SATA connector to the mainboard. You remove it the same way, but to change the drives you dismantle the tray/adapter assembly and fit the new drive into it first, then refit.

Also, maybe you can download an explanatory manual from the manufacturers support site, or Google might find a teardown tutorial for your laptop model or similar on youtube.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

This is also a Toshiba.....ok,second question....will a hard drive from a older computer with other issues be worth a shot at trying to put in this one....or does the hard drive have to be exactly the same/

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:12 PM

The drive will have to have the same interface, eg IDE or SATA but mostly other factors such as capacity don't matter for a drive to work in a different computer. If you're meaning to use the Windows installed on the other drive, that typically won't succeed because of the different hardware, and also might raise issues around the license agreement if the Windows is OEM. If you format the drive and re-install from the Toshiba's restore disk(s) you should be right, although it may not restore if the replacement drive is smaller than expected.

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