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06-08-2011 01:01 PM
Hey, I appreciate anyone's support on this
I have the Hp Dv 7 4070EZ, i recently bought the Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Solid State drive to replace my stock hard drive, because I need a faster HD. I also bought a sata to usb cable which i will use to clone my stock drive to my new drive.
1)WIll this mess up anything relating to OS and files etc?
2) Will i need some kind of caddy for my new SSD drive to connect to the laptop?
3) I will forrmat my old drive and use it on the 2nd hard drive slot in my dv7, will I also need anything to use this drive as a secondary drive?
and please any advices and tips to make this easier, feel free
06-08-2011 01:58 PM
wow, what did the 500 gig ssd cost? I am jealous. Anyway, you need a caddy and connector for both drives. The caddy and connector for the primary bay is different than the one for the secondary bay. I am thinking you only have the primary bay adapter and you will put the ssd in it after removing the original. You will do the clone operation with the ssd as an external, using the usb to SATA adapter, and then switch the ssd into the inside primary position after the clone. The ssd is SATA and the hole pattern and physical size are obviously identical to the original mechanical drive so it fits right in place of the original drive in the original primary caddy.
Here is a secondary drive bay caddy and connector kit that several others have reported to work fine for the dv7-4000 series:
After you do the clone and move the ssd to the primary position put the old mechanical drive in the second bay.
Drive installation and replacement instructions start on page 52 of the Manual linked above. Good luck and enjoy
06-08-2011 02:23 PM
thanks you knew exactly what I was planning to do. One unanswered question, After cloning the drive to the new drive, will it cause any Windows 7 problems or any other data problems?
And regarding the SSD, its actually a SSD hybrid drive, Seagate Momentus XT
one of the best on the market. even significantly faster than a 10,000 rpm desktop hard drive.
06-09-2011 05:13 AM
If done properly the clone will cause no issues. The system will recognize new hardware on first boot (the new hdd) and you will have to reboot but other than that it is smooth sailing. The hybrid drive will cause no issues....the system will handle it as an ordinary hard drive.