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Is it really as easy as replacing my harddrive?

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#1 Sploog321


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:30 PM

I have an hp dm3-1130us laptop.


I need to replace my harddrive since my current one will not work.



My laptop would suffer from live frezzing, I could still move around my mouse but all windows programs I could not run or close, and my laptop will not start which I can only theorize as being a harddrive problem.


I may buy a hardrive, but this problem will be fixed just by replacing the hardrive? I don't know much about computers. I just replace the harddrive and my laptop will be good to go? The laptop has no CD reader. I don't need to insert any OS dics, my laptop came with none, or is the OS already on the hardrive?


Sorry if my wording is hard to understand.

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#2 OldPhil



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 05:11 PM

It is fairly easy!  One of the best things to do is to go on Youtube plug your model information in, there are many videos on all sorts of lap top maintenance.  


Edit just notice you do not have a CD!  You will need to buy or borrow one to load the OS, you will also need to down load the drivers for the laptop.  There is a fair bit of work on your end, it would be good for you to read some of the blogs for your laptop.

Edited by OldPhil, 21 July 2014 - 05:15 PM.

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#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:24 PM

Replacing a hard drive in almost all laptops is a fairly simple operation, BUT !


ALL replacement hard drives that I know of come blank - you need to install the operating system, all the system and hardware drivers and re-install all your applications and, as OldPhil has pointed out, this is a lot of work especially if you don't know a great deal about computers. But definitely, just plugging in a new hard drive, your computer will NOT be 'good to go'. And since you do not have a CD / DVD drive this will be all the harder for you.


Do you have a copy of the manual for this computer ?  If you don't, you can get it from HP here, click on the link 'User guides' :-




Your laptop should have a recovery partition on it, and the manual should tell you how to use the recovery partition to do a factory restore. This will restore your computer to the condition it was in when it left the factory. You will still have to re-install all your applications and you will lose any data of your own that is on the computer and not backed up. I appreciate you may have to use another computer to download the manual.


If you do have important data on this computer - work, photos, music etc. - that isn't already backed up, post back and we will explain various ways of saving this.


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