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I need to replace a harddrive

Ihave a Dell PC with a 40GB harddrive that I would like to upgrade to a compatable 500GB harddrive that I already have. I have backed up my entire harddrive and I know the mechanical basics of installing the new harddrive. I have a Hitachi Deskstar 500GB replacement harddrive, My computer is an Optiplex SX 280. I need to know what else is involved.

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Its very simple, open up the machine, unscrew and disconnect cables from the old one. Remove the old hard drive from the case. Place the new on in, screw it in, attach cables. Close the cover of the computer. And the upgrade is done.

You will now need to use the dell discs that came with the system to restore it or a windows installation cd to install windows into the computer, when the windows is working again you need to download the drivers, unless you used a dell recovery cd which already contained and installed them.

Then restore your files from the back up and install all programs into the computer again that you want to use.


Or where you thinking about cloneing the old hard drive so you wouldn't need to restore the machine or install windows into it again? That gets somewhat more complex, here is a software to do that: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

you would need to create a image of the old hard drive and then restore the image into the new hard drive.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

  • Ekse Jul 12, 2009

    if the cd doesn't contain the drivers then you need to download them from dell website after the windows setup is complete to get all the functions of the computer to work.

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