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Replacing internal HDD


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#1 Guest_NipNip1964_*

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 12:53 PM

Laptop: Dell Inspiron 17R SE 7720

OS: Windows 8.1, 64-bit.

Internal HDD: Samsung ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB (SATA) - 1TB

 

 

Hello - as a novice I wonder if someone could kindly give me step-by-step advice on how to replace the internal HDD please?

 

The current HDD makes a loud 'click' sound occasionally, and I fear that it may not last much longer.  I have never replaced any component before, but I have done the following in anticipation: made a System Image using Windows to an external USB HDD, created a Windows 8.1 recovery drive on a 16GB USB 'stick', and identified the access cover and connectors to the HDD.

 

I assume I have to physically replace the HDD, then after power-on somehow access the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order such that it boots from the recovery drive.  Will this recovery drive allow me to transfer the system image from the external HDD to the new internal HDD?  What other steps do I need to take?

 

 

Any help much appreciated!  Thank you :)

 



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#2 the_patriot11

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 09:33 PM

replacing the hard drive itself is fairly easy, there should be a panel on the bottom of your laptop that is screwed in, remove the screws, then the hard drive will be screwed down to a bracket. remove the bracket, then the drive will slide out, then you simply put the new drive in, and replace the bracket and the cover. pretty straightforward. (make sure you do this on a non static surface and ground yourself before touching any components) Usually between 2-6 screws for the cover, and between 2-6 screws on the bracket (by bracket, Its usually two pieces of thin metal held together by a clear piece of plastic, 2 screws to hold the bracket in place on the laptop, and 4 holding the bracket onto the hard drive)

 

reinstalling the OS is somewhat more difficult. The recovery "drive" is actually a recovery "partition" on the existing drive, and it will be removed. I see you have made a recovery drive on the stick-which is good. Now, if the engineer who designed the laptop had any lick of sense, all you should have to do is insert the USB drive, and turn it on, and it should boot up off of it. However, seeing as computer manufactuers, especially dell, are not well known for having any sort of common sense, you may have to access the BIOS (usually F12 or the DEL key, but may also be the f2 or f8) and find the boot order, and change it so the USB device is at the top of the list. beyond that, windows should guide you through it step by step.


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:25 AM

Many thanks the_patriot11 - that is nice and clear.  Will order a new HDD!



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:21 PM

To add to the_patriot's instructions - YouTube !

 

If you go onto YouTube and search for 'Dell Inspiron 17R SE 7720 hard drive' you will almost certainly find a video showing you how to do it, even which screws to undo and anything else to watch out for.

 

It's not just kittens and babies !

 

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 04:56 AM

Thanks Chris Cosgrove

 

You are certainly right - I did a search for exactly that and found a nice little video detailing the physical removal/replacement of the HDD.  And not a kitten or baby in sight!

 

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 06:35 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth ?

 

Joking aside, YouTube is a treasure house of instructional videos on almost every subject under the sun. Glad you found a useful one.

 

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