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Solved: Installing hard drive on Presario 1200US

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Pooder, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. Pooder

    Pooder Thread Starter

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    I have a hand-me-down Compaq Presario 1200US laptop. OS has been upgraded from Windows ME to XP. I do not have any recovery discs. Is there any way I can save the info from the present hard drive (including the XP OS) to a new hard drive (the old one is starting to get alot of errors)? How do I replace the hard drive?
     
  2. Striker840

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    If you have a legal copy of XP there are several things you can do.

    One thing is with most new harddrives, they come with software that will image your current drive and transfer your operating system to the new drive, then if you still get errors you can do a repair install of the OS.

    Or, you can do a clean install of the os, make the new drive the master and the old one the slave and copy all of the data you wish to keep and then either trash the old drive, or keep it as a slave.

    From what you said in your post, the first option sounds like your best choice. Get a new drive, using the software that will come with it, image your old drive onto your new drive and you should be good to go. This will work IF the issue with the old drive is hardware instead of operating system errors.
     
  3. Pooder

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    Is there any way I can check if the old drive is the issue or if the issue is with the operating system?
     
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