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Re: hard drive replacement
Your best bet is to remove the old hard drive and check the brand name and model number and then go to the manufacturer's website online and look for similar models with the new features that you want. Make sure there are the same physical dimensions.
A recovery CD will not install windows on a fresh harddrive, to do that you will require a windows install CD.
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The best option I have found in all my years (25+) of working on computers; take the hard drive out of the laptop and hook it up as a second drive in a computer that works. That will tell you if the drive is completely dead or just the OS section and the Boot sector are having the problems. If you put it in as a 2nd hard drive in a working machine and that machine does "see" the 2nd drive and any files on it there is a very good chance you'll be able to recover some of your data. The ugly part; if you put it in another machine and it does not "see" anything you pretty much have a paper weight. But all is not lost, but the cost of recovery has just increased xxxx%; there are companies that can take a completely DOA hard drive and extract the information. Something like this does have to be done in a clean room because they would have to open the case. Another option is you can try using data recovery software; here again it is best to install it as a 2nd drive in a working computer that have the recovery programs. Load it up and point the recovery at the 2nd drive to see if it can have any success. The #1 thing that has to be determined is if the drive will spin up at all. The is a case in point why companies that sell backup systems want you to buy and use their products. Computers do crash; it's just a matter of when. So always backup everything you don't want to lose.
System recovery is for serious disk/operating system corruption problems. There is a system recovery partition on HP laptops that contains routines to restore your laptop to the configuration it came from the factory with. Backup all your personal files to a CD or USB stick or portable hard drive before using system recovery as it will erase anything you have added to your primary hard drive since it left the factory. That can especially be a problem if you have upgraded to a newer version of Windows than what your laptop came with, as HP is somewhat 'known' for not upgrading the recovery partition if you don't have recovery CD's for the new operating system bought from HP. If your recovery partition has been erased or corrupted, you will have to either use HP recovery CD's (which may be available from HP if your laptop is new enough)
or do a format and complete installation from the proper Windows installation CD. Either way, your personal files are toast if you don't back them up first. In some cases of operating system failure, you can get an external USB drive box, put your old HDD in it and use another computer to try and read files from the disk to try and save your personal files.
Before you use the Recovery CD you need to backup your data because to restoring your laptop will wipe your data off the hard disk. To backup your data when you cannot boot up your laptop, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter. Connect this hard drive/USB adapter into the USB port of a working computer. The computer will see it as an external storage device, you can then open the folders and backup your data. You can then fit the hard drive back into the Dell laptop and boot up with the Dell recovery CD to reinstall Windows etc.
No, you won't get the OS to automatically install on the new drive. The OS is not stored in the BIOS chip (or a similar permanent location inside the computer). You will need an OS install disc (not an upgrade disc). Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic was the original OS on most of the Acer Aspire 4530 series. Acer appears to have drivers for the system for XP through Windows 7 to get the hardware to work. You will need to have these most of these ready before you install your OS. Put them on a flash drive or optical disc using another computer.
This computer may work with Unix as well. However, driver issues may be a factor. You can try most versions of Unix from a CD (LiveCD) to test it out.
When you get a new hard drive, install it into the laptop. Then put the OS disk in the optical drive bay. Boot to the optical drive. Follow the directions for formatting the hard drive and installing the OS. (Of course you will need a drive that doesn't have a higher capacity than the BIOS supports.) The motherboard needs to recognize the drive.
If you find a member of a Windows User Group, they may have Windows install discs available. The license number on the label of your computer will probably work as your license key. (The key for a computer like this is locked to the CPU and motherboard; unless someone upgraded the OS to Windows 7 or downgraded to XP, this should be the key you need.) Use the information on the label to obtain the correct version of Vista (the Basic install disc may not work for installing Home Premium). You also need to match the 32-bit or 64-bit install disc (and the service pack you need).
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (An Acer recovery disc wouldn't help you. Most of those are completely locked to the original hardware (including hard drive) and look for the recovery partition that was on that hard drive.)
Unless you have a cd for that version of windows in OEM style for xp and any for vista you will be out of luck. If you have another computer with the same OS and have its operating system installation cd, you can use this if it is the same version.
Windows XP needs to be exactly the same thing. Windows XP pro, home and media center are all different. So are Retail, Upgrade and OEM cds. For vista or 7 any disc will work that matches the version type, it will determine the version by the COA.
If you do not have access to any cd/dvds then you can contact Acer for a replacement. www.acer.com
If you are speaking for your laptop, double click my computer and see if you have a D drive, most newer computers have a partition on the hard drive that has the recovery feature installed on the D drive. You would need to boot in the SAFE mode if possible and go to the D drive and run setup.exe. If this is not possible, you will have to purchase a new operating system CD and probably have to download drivers from Toshiba for your laptop. Good Luck - BPCS
yes you can , go buy a laptop hard drive of your choice, and you will need to take the ram out and take it to where your gonna buy the hard drive , so they can see what type of ram you need, removing the hard drive and ram is easy , im sure if you take the laptop in to a computer store they will do it for you free, and put the new ram and hard drive in , it is a very quick proccess, if you want to upgrade the cd/ dvd drive , you will need to go to a laptop computer store , just type laptop in yellopages and im sure that will find you something, or what ever phone directory book you use where u are from