You want to know how to replace that hard drive? Or replace your old one with that one? Well first thing to do would be to buy another. You will need to go to walmart, or best buy and buy an IDE internal hard drive. Next would be to open up your computer tower and check the old hard drive, it is the 3 an 1/2 inch wide small black box. You need to check the jumper setting on the old drive. Check they will be two rows of 4 or 5 pins, next to where the wide band ide ribbon is connected to the hard drive. There will be a plastic peice (the jumper) and inside the plastic is some metal that connects two pins. You need to check where the jumper is and compare it to the schematic on the label on top to determin if it is Master(M), Slave(S), Cable Select(CS). Now you have to look at the schematic on the new drive and change the jumpers on it to match the configuration(Master, Slave, or Cable Select) with the old drive. Now take take the ribbon and power cable from the old drive and plug in the new drive. Take out the old drive, and screw the new drive into the old hard drives place. Now insert your Windows XP, Linux, or what ever cd into your cd drive and install.
Hard drive is bad or is going to fail soon.
Backup your information and contact the maunufacturer of the computer or the hard drive for replacement or additional help.
In some very rare cases the S.M.A.R.T. implementation on your computer may have issues of its own and may need to be patched before replacing the hard drive.
If I am receiving the S.M.A.R.T. error, is it ok if I continue to use my hard drive and do not replace it?
As stated above, S.M.A.R.T. is designed to detect upcoming failures in the hard drive.
While it is possible that the hard drive may not fail for several months, it is still inevitable that the hard drive will fail.
It is ok to continue to use the hard drive, however, we highly recommend that if you are still under warranty that you consider getting the drive replaced before your warranty runs out.
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