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Would I be able to install a new hard drive on a laptop with a broken screen?


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#1 vashhybrid

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:10 PM

I believe my falling hard drive has finally given out in my laptop. Normally this wouldn't be that big of an issue but my laptop screen is also broken as well. Would it be possible, without too much difficulty or expense, to replace my hard drive without replacing the monitor as well? Or would I need to hire someone to do it?

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:17 PM

Sure you can physically replace a hard drive without replacing the screen.  But I am not sure why you would do this if you can't see anything.  You won't be able to install windows or see anything I am not sure what the point is.



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:49 PM

Yes both can be done a lot easier than most think, go on Youtube plug in your make and model you will find how to do both.  The first time I did one I was shaky that was quite a few years back, IMO they are a lot easy to take a part and get back together now then they were.


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:28 PM

Sorry, allow me elaborate a bit. The screen is busted but I don't really care about that as I hook it up to my tv via HDMI. The only thing that's a pain about this whole situation is that, if I install a new hard drive, I have no way to set it up or install Windows as the HDMI doesn't kick in until the Windows log in screen. Until then, I'm flying blind.

Someone on another site posted this:

You should be able to use the external VGA connector (assuming it has one) to hook up an external monitor. You can use that exclusively and just turn it into a "desktop".

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 09:34 PM

That is true if your laptop has a vga port (which most do) you can plug it into a regular vga monitor or borrow one or grab one from a goodwill store if you don't have one and the display will come up without the need for the laptop display.  You may need to press a key combination to switch to the vga display in my case for this sony laptop it is Fn - F7






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