Most laptops keep the hard drive on the bottom side. There is a cover screwed over the area with usually 2 screws, the cover is identified by the typical 3 disc stacked symbol. In some cases the hard drive slides out of the side, still being held by two screws, some even slide of the front and you must remove 2 rubber stoppers to uncover the screw holes. Each location usually has the hard drive symbol I described eariler. Hope this helps!
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Before you start replacing drive you need to ask yourself if you are trying to replace a bad hard drive and just want to start with a clean install of the O.S. OR are you replacing your hard drive with a bigger one and wish to keep your installed programs, data and documents. If you want to keep your data and documents you need to know how to save the Files and folders on your computer to a CD, DVD or a USB hard drive. Just replacing the hardware involves unplugging all cables from computer after shutting it down. Then opening the case and unplugging the cables from the hard drive and then remove the screw(s) retaining the hard drive. Remove the old hard drive from the case and replace it with the new one, replace screws and plug cables back up watching that that the connectors are correctly aligned with the key(s) on the hard drive's sockets. Replacing the Hard drive also involves installing the O.S. and all your programs and applications on the new hard drive. You can find a lot of information in the internet about this.
You should still be able to use the current key. Try adding the key in Control Panel > System. You can even try loading Windows on to itself. Not a clean install. You can even remove the hard drive and use it as a second drive or connect it via USB. gl
Mother board hard drive controller may be bad requiring replacement of motherboard. Re format hard drive.I would remove hard rive and install it into my external drive module and connect it to another computer then exercise a hard drive repair program.
try removing the battery while the laptop is off of course and then plugging in the power adapter and turning it on. If all works then its your battery that is the culprit and needs to be replaced ....if it still doesn't work you may have bad memory if you know how to remove the memory with the laptop off and the battery removed then do so ...it could be one of them .. but replacing them in-pairs is also a good time to upgrade to more memory for better performance 'if its not the memory and not the battery could be a flaky hard drive or you will need a new motherboard if the hard drive is flaky all may be lost bad mother board means its time for a new computer ...but your files may be OK on the old hard drive and could b saved to your new unit ....good luck !!
Hi vandrie john...
No you do not need to seat your hard drive...
I would rap it up with bubble rap very good, securely pack it in a good (cardboard) box, and tape the outside of the box with strong shipping tape to make sure it does not have a problem with the shipping.
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Hook up an external monitor to the laptop. See if you get video on it. If you do, then your LCD screen or your Inverter board is bad. If you need instruction on how to replace the screen and where to purchase a new screen, let me know.
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Well, it's not good news. Official word from Sony:
Knowledge Article C309925...
Can the notebook hard drive be upgraded or replaced
Hard drive upgrades in the notebook computer are not supported.
* Some notebook computer have instructions for warranty replacement of the hard drive by an end user. * Although third-party upgrades may be available for some models, they are not supported. * If the hard drive needs service, repair should be done by an authorized Sony service center. * External hard drives may be attached if the appropriate connections are available.
This basically means complete disassembly of the laptop is required to get at the hard drive. Not that it can't be done. Just that it'll be a major pain in the .... you know.
You need to contact HP for that board.
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