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I have a IBM Thinkpad T20 Laptop. I need to install a new hard drive and I am not to sure how to do it. cAN YOU HELP?

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You will need.
a philips or cross screw driver
the new HDD (hard drive)
and an instalation disk either XP, vista or linux.

uplug from the mains and remove the battery on the bottom of the comp you will see two large panels remove the you will find the hdd under one of them.
remove it the hdd will be held in a bracket type thing we call a caddy remove it and put it onto the new hdd insert it into the comp screw the panels back on replace the battery turn it over plug into the mains.
start the computer go into the BIOS push F2 i think go to boot and select the 1st boot from cd open the cd draw place in the cd close it push F10 it wil ask if you wish to save and exit push yes.

the computer will now shutdown and restart you will get a message in the top right screen push ant key to boot fron cd.
now folow the on screen prompts and ya done.

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

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