I want to replace the hard drive in my Acer Aspire 3002LCi notebook with a bigger one. Itcame with a 40GB HDD. I want at leasy 80GB .. I don't wnat to just go buy any HD and then find out it won't work, where can I go, how can I be sure the new Hard drive I buy will work on my laptop?
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Re: upgrade hd on laptopp
The easiest way is to remove the casing under your laptop and see what make your drive is, but any make of laptop hardrive sould be ok.
Sometimes the hard drive may be held in a cradle so you will have to remove it if this is the case and use it with the new hard drive.
A problem comes when you probably have the Acer backup/restore folder on another partition(which sometimes includes Windows, as you don't always get a hard windows cd rom),on your current hard drive, so make sure you have a Copy of Windows otherwise You'll have to purchase another Windows installation disc, or clone your drive with something like Norton Ghost.
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Compatibility is something that is not something to worry about these days. It's either the same type of HDD or not. While some Manufacturers of the laptop itself may have a special HDD with and extra feature... like shock detection (Toshiba) it would still not be necessary to get the same one unless you found the feature useful. As long as it is either SATA or PATA. But more than likely it SATA as PATA is very old. Speed is an option as a matter of fact. 5400 RPMs is optional while you could increase speed to 7200 RPMS at a higher cost.
You can even super upgrade to Solid-state drives that are still the same as your SATA, but use spinless technology for optimal speeds! The power is yours!
When you will go search for a new BIGGER HARD DRIVE for your machine check to have THE SAME PARAMETERS as the previous one: * to be a SLIM HDD * to be a SATA HDD
Once you got it you have to open your machine (the back cover) and to replace the hard drive. To replace the hard drive means to UNPLUG two connectors from the old HDD and to replug them (the same position) into the new one.
There are three possible options ranging from free (if you are not afraid to open your laptop, locate and remove the bios battery) to $170 (for a new hard drive and a cloning kit).
Option 1: Here is a copy of an email from Acer Support:
Thank you for contacting Acer America. I apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry. In order to have the BIOS or hard disk password removed (This include any biometric security), the notebook will need to come in to our repair depot for password removal. This service is not covered by warranty and unfortunately there is no other recourse to remove a BIOS or HDD password from the notebook. The flat fee for BIOS password removal is $100.00 US dollars plus tax. If it is a BIOS or HDD password and you would like us to service it for you, please contact our telephone technical support line at 1-800-816-2237. Hours of operation are 7am-9pm CST Monday-Friday and 8am-5pm CST Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays.
Option 2: Resetting an Acer BIOS Password Using Hardware.
If you cannot boot the Acer and don't want to send your computer back to Acer for an unknown amount of time, you can try to reset the BIOS password via hardware. Tech FAQ Forum members have reported that they were able to remove their Acer BIOS passwords by simply opening their notebooks and removing the CMOS batteries for 30 minutes. Once your BIOS password is removed, you will need to press the <F2> key during POST (Power On Self Test) to enter the Acer BIOS setup.
Option 3: Possibly resetting BIOS Password using Hard Drive Upgrade Kit and a new Hard Drive.
A colegue told me that he used a hard drive upgrade kit and during the cloning process the hard drive password was erased. He can not recall providing the password when he booted from the bootable cloning CD provided with the Kit and when he replaced the hard drive with the cloned one and botted the laptop, the hard drive password was gone! He had to go into bios to manually enter a new hard drive password.
The kit he used was about $50 - APRICORN EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL 2.5" USB 2.0 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit - Retail. He paid for a bigger hard drive separately, but he just needed bigger hard drive (and found out about the password erasure by accident).