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09-09-2009 01:00 PM
I have an HP m8400f desktop computer. It has two hard drives. Drive C contains my regular files like documents, photos, etc. Drive D/E contains the operating system and that drive is making a loud squeal. I would like to save the data on the D/E drive and place it on a new drive of identical make/model/size. What is the best way ot accomplish this? Or, should I just take it to a computer repair store and have them do it?
I have a limited amount of experience with changing hard drives, memory cards, optical drives, etc. I'm not afraid to tackle the job if I feel comfortable with advice offered. However, I don't want to lose the operating system and create all of the associated headaches. Does anyone have info on how to accomplish this drive replacement without losing the operating system data?
09-09-2009 02:36 PM
Ted, are you certain that the operating system is installed on D/E? Normally, Windows (Vista, XP) will only install the OS on C:\; not to say that it hasn't happened. Just checking.
Now, changing a SATA hard drive is fairly easy. Here is a fairly good video on how to do it:
This will be a bit different from your case, but the procedures are basically the same. You may have to remove both sides of the case to secure the drive properly. I have to with my case.
You will have to use the "System Recovery" CD's to reinstall the OS. You can't simply transfer it from one drive to another. So, if you haven't made the "Recovery Disks" for your computer, do this right now! You can, however, use "Windows Easy Transfer" application to transfer documents, music and pictures from the old drive to the new drive.
If you have further questions, you can PM me and I will glad to help you further.
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09-11-2009 01:41 PM