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-> Is there power to the hard drive? -> Is there a pop up stating that new hardware is found, but cannot open the hard drive?
Lets try something: Ok, there are a few steps that I need you to do...
with your Hard drive plugged into the computer, goto:
-> DESKTOP (front page of the computer)
-> right click on MY COMPUTER
-> left click on MAP NETWORK DRIVE
-> left click on the DRIVE Z:
-> now that this is open, look for an open drive (ex:O,P,Q - do not pick A,C or Z drive), so we won't wreck another drive when creating a spot for your Hard drive and remember the open drive letter, and close off this page.
Now that you have the drive letter:
-> Right click on MY COMPUTER
-> left click on MANAGE
-> look for DISK MANAGEMENT and left click on it
-> you should see Volume for SYSTEM and UNKNOWN or REMOVABLE
-> right click on unknown/removable and assign/change to the drive letter from the previous task
-> press ok to save
Posted on Feb 14, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You can use any 2.5 inch ATA/IDE drive as a replacement. Notebook hdd's are a smaller size than regular desktop hdd's. You can find a good idea online at stores like tigerdirect.com or newegg.com. Hope this helps & please rate this answer fixya. Thanks.
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
You can do this!
1. Connect your 500gig drive as the slave of your smaller boot drive.
2. Go to http://freewareapp.com/western-digital-data-lifeguard-tools_download/ and get the Western Digital Lifeguard tools.
3. Run the executable to install WD tools.
4. Run that application.
You'll notice there is a Drive to Drive Copy utility. This will clone your new 500gig drive from the smaller drive. When the utility finishes copying the drive, shut down. Remove the smaller drive, and set your 500 gig drive as master/single. Reboot, and you should be running off the new drive.
It is possible that your old drive was an IDE drive and your new one is SATA. If so, you may need to enter Setup on the reboot, go to the Boot menu, and set the boot device to the new drive type.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
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