I have sony VGN-FS285B laptop with 2 hard drives of 40 GB each, one is near to finish and i am unable to use the second. Couls you help me with resolve this so that I can use the both please.
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It would help to know why you aren't able to use the second drive. Is it not working at all? Does your computer recognize the drive? Did the second drive come with the computer and, if not (or even if it did), has it been formatted? Is it one drive that has been partitioned into two drives?
If the second drive is a seperate drive, and it has been formatted, you should be able to use it for storage if nothing else but you will still have to boot from the first drive unless you want to reinstall your operating system on the second drive - which really won't solve your problem.
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The hard drive is inside of the laptop and not accessible from the outside. The way to get to the hard drive is to take out all the screws from the bottom of the laptop, take the keyboard out and there may be some screws there that need to be removed. The dvd drive needs to come out and where the dvd drive normally is, check for screws there.
At this point you can remove the top cover assembly and you will see the hard drive. Remove the screws that are holding the hard drive in place and then it will come out.
Ask the IT person for the shuttle/carrier for the hard drive, it does not affect the company's data. You can also ask the IT person for the details and hard disk capacity so you can purchase a replacement hard drive.
This model Compaq uses a 2 1/2" IDE hard drive probably 20 to 40 Gb capacity, It is near impossible to purchase one with this small capacity, you might get a 80 Gb capacity or higher.
A clicking hard drive is a dying hard drive. Stop using it immediately. Replace it, then use a SATA to USB or IDE to USB adapter to try to copy off any data you might have that is still salvageable. The more you try to use it, the less chance you have of recovering information.
you need a Serial ATA hard drive, and you may have a limit to how big of a hard drive you can go to. Go to your local computer supply store and tell them what you need,,and they will sell you a compatible unit. As to what type of drives to buy,,,,there are many types of drives,,and many opinions,,get the highest spin rate is all i would suggest.
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