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Need help/avice on installing new hard drive and operating system

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DarrinSav, Jan 9, 2011.

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  1. DarrinSav

    DarrinSav Thread Starter

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    Well my hard drive finally died and I need to replace it. I have never done anything like this so I'm kind of nervous about doing this. I was running a raid 0 configuration before but this time I'm only going with a single 500 gig hard drive. The guy that built it for me no longer lives in my state so he can't help me. I have found a sata hard drive and a oem operating system for around $150.00, can someone help me out with advice on installing the hard drive and the operating system, TY
     
  2. Elvandil

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    If it's a SATA, then all you need do is pull the old and connect the new.

    Boot from the Vista or 7 DVD and follow the prompts to install.

    It is really not hard to do.

    (Dropping the RAID is a good move. Probably no benefit for most users.)
     
  3. DarrinSav

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    thank you for your reply, My next question do I need to change any settings in the bios concerning the raid or will it be gone when I pull the old hard drives out.
     
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    You might want to look at BIOS. It is possible that the parameters for the current drives were entered manually. If that is so, you might want to change it to "auto" so that the drive is redetected on boot. That way, you can use any drive without any further changes.

    It is hard to know what may be in the BIOS since they vary so much, so it wouldn't hurt to check and come back if there is something there that is not obvious.

    How was the RAID set up? Chances are that it was "software RAID" set up in Windows and not the hardware, so no BIOS changes are really expected.

    BUT, if you just stick in the new drive and boot up the DVD and it starts to install, then you are probably golden and nothing else needs to be done. :D

    PS. Not XP, right?
     
  5. DarrinSav

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    ty so much for your help, last thing is I'm not sure what you mean by PS. Not XP, right?
     
  6. Elvandil

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    If you have XP, the whole thing becomes more difficult since XP is so old that it does not support SATA drives natively. If you have Vista or 7, then there is no problem.
     
  7. DarrinSav

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    I had XP on the drives that went out, But on the new drive I will be putting 7 on it.
     
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    That will work fine. The 7 installer has drivers for SATA drives, so all you need to do is boot from the DVD.
     
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