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Notebook HDD exchange

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  1. Mitjko

    Mitjko Thread Starter

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    Hello to all,

    I have HP 4530s notebook with Hitachi 5k750-640 drive. I suspect that this drive failed because even when I try to install windows, I get blue screen. Now I want to try to change the HDD. Are notebook HDDS are standardized or they are manufacturers specific? One of my friend also had problems with Hitachi notebook HDD and got it replaced.
    I wonder what are low cost alternatives (I'd like to buy HDD with smaller capacity because of the price, say 320 GB).

    I'm not 100% sure that HDD causing this problems but most likely. Can I try this HDD to another notebook to try?

    What would be your recommendation?

    Thank you
     
  2. Dougx789

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    The code given by the blue screen would help someone determine the cause of it, please provide us with it.

    As for what you have asked..

    If you put the hard drive in another computer you will have to reinstall windows on it in that computer (Don't know where you have got to trying to install windows on it currently.. If you haven't got the data on it backed up I would get a enclosure and plug it into another computer with a recovery program and try to recover as much data as possible, some programs will recover data others wont and vise versa).
    If it needs replacing you need a 2.5 inch hard drive (3.5 are desktop hard drives) it can be any brand but I would recommend a well known brand such as western digital.
    As for cost different manufactures charge different prices... hard drives frequently change price and it's not dependent on size (I just bought a toshiba 1TB drive for cheaper then their 500GB drive).

    my recommendation would be to back everything you can up and then test the ram and hard drive.

    If you have two ram stick, remove one and try to boot... if it still blue screens swap with the one you removed.

    Test the hard drive using this http://www.hgst.com/support/downloads/
    Download WINDFT and burn it to a CD, change your boot order in bios to cd/dvd drive first, put the CD in and boot.

    The bios should also have options to test ram/hard drive
     
  3. Mitjko

    Mitjko Thread Starter

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    Hello Doug,

    first, thank you for a very detail answer. I have already an updated backup. I have tried to format the drive and reinstall windows, since currently I don't have other laptop to try to swap. But almost immediately after installation stars, I get Blue screen. Before installation I have deleted all partition so currently there is only one.
    I have preformed memory and HDD self test using HP starting options and it didn't return any error.

    Is it possible to use this tool to make bootable USB stick and test the drive for bad sectors?

    Thank you
     
  4. Dougx789

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    By "this tool" are you referring to the link I gave you? If so then yes it is possible. You need to use a program which will make it bootable. Personally I've only made USB bootable versions of linux using Universal USB installer but I believe this is specific to linux...

    http://rufus.akeo.ie/ lists as being a program which will turn any .iso into a bootable USB but I haven't personally used it.

    Toptrix gives it a good review: see http://www.toptrix.net/2012/03/bootable-usb-making-tools-windows-linux.html
    pcadvisor provides a guide to using rufus: see http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/software/3369285/how-use-rufus-120183/
     
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