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Replacing the hard drive

I want to replace the hard drive in my IX250 with a higher capacity unit. I can see where it is physically mounted next to the battery but how do I open the case to remove the old one? It looks like I may have to remove the keyboard and motherboard and access it from the top. Please offer suggestions.

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  • albentley1 Nov 08, 2008


    Thanks for the tips, I am an experienced electronics technician but didn't want to find out "the hard way" and make a stupid mistake. Your tips got the job done. Yes, please post again when you install the 160gb drive. I know the 40gb works but I need at least 80gb for my huge library. If the 160 works I will go with that. Thanks again!

  • albentley1 Nov 09, 2008


    Thanks for confirming that a larger drive will work. I have one of those Hitachi 160GB drives in my Dell Insprion and it installed easily and works great.

    You are a real time saver! Thank You!


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No problems, Al - been there, done that!

Sorry to be slow responding, just signed on here.

You need to go in from the top - undo the panel between the keyboard and the screen, not forgetting the screws behind the screen on the hinge covers.
Then you can move the keyboard and expose the HDD lid, which you unscrew and remove - but take care since the lid is tight (maybe watertight) and it is possible to damage the electronics if you slip when prising it off - so take extra care. Mind that flat cable!

The drive and connector are now exposed inside a padded cell - carefully separate them without straining the wiring.

You can now remove the drive and replace it with almost any good standard height or smaller 2.5" IDE laptop drive. We have used IBM/Hitachi, Samsung and a few others - need to have the machines here to be sure just what - mostly small drives so not sure how big a drive the BIOS will address. Up to 40GB size works for sure.

If you are still interested we could post again when we have tried a 160GB drive that just arrived.

These are great little latops, ours (3 of them) arrived with Win2K installed, it runs OK in 128M RAM, better in 256M, but slows down seriously if Norton/AVG/SDefender and a firewall are in place.
XP is really sluggish, almost stops when protected for web surfing. Vista? Forget it!

Recommendation: Try a lightweight Linux if you want to surf in safety
Xubuntu 8.04 is good in 256 RAM, with compositing XFCE desktop if you like some Vista Bling. tens of thousands of free programs to download with some stunning stuff amongst it.

Puppy LInux 4.1.1
goes really well in 128M, it is unusual but fully featured, no need to install fully, just put a Pup-save file inside Win2K, optionally put system files (SFS) there too for faster boot.
You can use that for surfing safely, save any downloads to the Win2K filesystem, then log off and drop back into Win if you want.

For some delightful insanity try 'MacPup Foxy' with an OS X look! Too c o o l for me ;^)

6-year-old Gabriel loves his Xubuntu GoBook with Spiderman theme and music - surfs safely behind the industrial grade firewall and the parental controls on Firefox.

Hope you get yours running well.

PS Hi to Jeff-Smart - there is nothing extra special that we can see about these HDDs. Off the shelf and easy to replace with a little care - it is a waterproof case after all!
External drives are great, we use a 120gb USB-powered one - BUT the GoBook has USB 1.1, slow as a snail. Pays to not have anything on the USB drive that you want in a hurry. Yes, PCMCIA

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    Ben Derr Nov 08, 2008

    OK Al, will do - maybe next week - we are going sailing on Sunday! Ben

  • Ben Derr
    Ben Derr Nov 09, 2008

    Hi Al - the 160GB Hitachi works perfectly - all formatted up and running right now.

    Hitachi Model No:- HTS541616J9AT00

    We have re-installed Win2000 from our Ghost backup disk - which did look a bit flaky at one point since it only seemed to be seeing 65GB of drive - but our Win2K partition is only 20GB so no worries there, and no problems with the installation.

    The 65GB thing was probably something to do with the skeletal DOS implementation used by Ghost, since the BIOS recognises all of the drive at boot time.

    Win2K sees all of the other partitions and reports them correctly as far as I can see. The machine now has (in addition to Win) Puppy Linux 4.11, Fluxbuntu, and Vector Linux on it, still struggling to get Slitaz Linux to do its thing and install to HDD although the live CD works fine. The same stack of installations was (ahem) a 'bit' tight on the old 20GB drive.....
    Yes, it's a portable Linux demo, amongst other things.

    May your installation go as smoothly.

    All the best, Ben

    PS Slitaz is a bit weird, but it fits into 25MB - yes, that is twenty-five meg, and no error. Runs entirely in RAMdisk (no HDD needed) and likes 128MB of RAM to do that. Fast, or what?

    PPS unfinished comment (above, previous msg) on PCMCIA add-ins - not all of these work 100%, usually OK in Win, but can have (supplied) driver funnies to add to the excitement. The ones that say Linux 2.4+ compatible on the box (yes, they do that these days) usually work best under Win or Linux. We used one to fix the lack of USB2, but the laptop is now on the other side of the world so I cannot give you the part number or maker of the card.

  • Ben Derr
    Ben Derr Nov 10, 2008

    It's a pleasure, mate!


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Drear Albentley1,
Are you really sure you want to replace your HDD ? For 1 you may need to replace with the correct manufactured one as i believe its a IBM special one. Then you'll have to go through the process of backing up your files to something else and reformatting and installing the new drive with the O.S. this can be cumbersome , time consuming and expensive.
Instead, why don't you look into a external/portable USB hard drive, you can back up your C drive from your lap top, and add more files to this and its not only portable but you can transfer files to any other comp.
Give it a thought! Let me know how you make out. JLS

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