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Replacing hdd is it possible to replace with more than 40GB hdd?

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  • ThatBeMe Dec 30, 2008

    I am right now working through an upgrade from the original Toshiba A15-S129 40 GB disk to a Seagate 120 GB ATA-100 disk. With new disk installed the laptop tells me to check the cable, but I can see both disks on a desktop using an IDE H/D adapter cable. When I re-insert the old H/D the system boots and runs fine. I had formatted the new drive as a single partition, and have reset BIOS to defaults. No luck. Thinking of clearing CMOS next, which I understand from reading various sites is under the keyboard.



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I know for a fact that the A15 came with up to a 60GB drive, depending on the exact model. If you can go to 60GB, you should be able to go to 100/120GB with no problem. Anything beyond that might not be supported, but I doubt it.

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It is possible by opening up the case and removing the old hard drive and replacing it with a new one. You will have to reinstall Windows.

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SOURCE: Replace existing 40GB internal HDD in laptop with 160GB internal

Ok first of all Hi!

Now in order to transfer the right stuff from your hard drive to the new one. You will need to follow these instructions and i provided you with 2 methods.


1 - You have to get hold of backup restore software. Norton Ghost is a suitable example and install it on your notebook

2. You will also need to borrow a suitable Harddisk to USB connection to hook up the new hard drive to it or else you could get hold of a hard drive enclosure ( there are cheap ones) and hook the nre drive in the enclosure. I will tell you later what to do with this enclosure. If your LAPTOP has another DRIVE bay you do not need to buy the enclosure. Check the manual to see if it does indeed have an extra drive bay.

3. Once you hooked up the drive and booted up your computer. Assuming it is WinXP SP2 or later you will get the new hard drive showing under MY Computer >> {Right Click} >> Manage >> Disk Management: Click on the NEW drive and format it from there this iwll take a while >> CAREFUL NOT to FORMAT YOUR HARD (40GB) from there! You can opt to partition it in 2 parts (80GB for Win xp + software) and 80Gb (for the data). This has the advantage that if you REFORMAT and you have the data on the other drive, you don't lose it and you can reformat the OS + PROGRAM Drive safely.

4. Follow the backup/restore software instructions. and make the copy (NOT AN IMAGE) to the 160GB drive.

5. Once you are done with the whole backup procedure. Turn off and unplug the laptop (remove the battery as well to be safe) and SWAP the 2 hard drives drives

6. You do not necessarily have to do this step, the computer should be able to boot straightaway HOWEVER if it doesn't. Turn on the Laptop again and when you see the Dell logo or initial bootup screen press the nexessary button to go into the CMOS setup (it may be F4 or Del or F10 or something else depending on the laptop - check manual to make sure.) Now you have to AUTO DETECT the new hard drive. Save CMOS settings and Exit and it should now boot.

7. Now that you are done and you have bought an extra enclosure hook up the old hard drive in the enclosure and you can use this as a backup! To do so FIRST see that you are ALL happy with the data and you checked thourougly that everything (DATA etc) is there. Format the old drive go to Step 3 to make sure obviously making sure that you format the 40GB hard drive now!) and you're done you have an extra drive!

now if you are just going to use the 160 GB to backup your data. you can just buy the enclosure hook your new drive to this enclosure and you don't need to do the above.


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SOURCE: HDD Upgrade and Specs for Compaq Presario M2000

Yes the M2000 will support at least an 80GB hard drive.

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