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01-17-2009 03:08 AM
01-17-2009 08:49 AM
If you're looking to just upgrade an older hard drive with a larger one on the same computer, you certainly can duplicate the entire drive onto the new one and just snap the new one is.
The hard drive is usualy underneath a cover on the bottom of the laptop. Just pull it, hook it up to a desktop pc (if it's an older ide hard drive, you'll need a few dollar adapter to attach it to a normal ide cable) and hook up the new one you want to image to. You'll need a program like Norton Ghost (costs $ but easy to use) or clonezilla (free, but requires more knowledge). Both of those will make an exact duplicate of one drive to another. It could take a few hours to complete, depending on drive speed and how much stuff you have.
Once it's done you should be able to pop the new drive into the laptop and fire it up. The first boot windows may say it's detecting a new device (the hard drive) and want a restart.
02-14-2009 01:03 PM
Copywipe can also clone HDD, plus it's free.
If the hard drive in the old PC is still functional, then you can ADD the old hard drive to another PC to see if the PC will be able to access the stored data. There are many ways to recover the data...all will cost more $ and require greater skill from the user.