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replacing a dell laptop hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zorlinshape, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. zorlinshape

    zorlinshape Thread Starter

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    The hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 700m died recently, and I've been meaning to replace it. When talking with my friends about it, they told me that they've "heard" that Dell laptop hard drives are custom-shaped for their laptops, so if I just go out and buy a generic hard drive, it might not fit. Does anyone know if this is true or not?

    Right now, I'm using a spare hard drive that one of my friends let me borrow (also from a Dell laptop--so we don't know if the aforementioned rumor is true or not), and it's working fine. Which leads me to my second question: after I buy a new hard drive, if I just directly transfer all the data from my friend's spare hard drive to the new one, will everything run properly?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
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  3. Hughv

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    Dell has an excellent support site, and it took about three clicks to find this:
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins700m/en/SM/hdd.htm#wp1084976
    I've replaced 2-3 Dell HDs, and they've all been standard size/configuration. In fact, all the laptop HDs I've replaced have been identical in size/shape.
    Transferring your friend's data probably won't work, unless it's an identical model, and even then it would have a different product key.
    Use the recovery disks that came with your machine.
     
  4. zorlinshape

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    Not sure you understood what I asked (aside from the Dell custom hard drive shape question), let me clarify.

    My question wasn't how to replace a hard drive.. I've already replaced it on my laptop with my friend's spare. I formatted it and installed XP. Now if I buy a new hard drive, can I just hook up the new one via enclosure and transfer all of my current hard drive's (the spare's) contents onto it? Or do I have to download some kind of special program that makes a HD image?
     
  5. bigbear

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    What you are asking is correct, you need third party software that will allow to clone from one drive to another,
    I can recommend Acronis True Image, it is very easy to use and you can try before you buy.
    You should be able to do the clone without having to buy:)
    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
     
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