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Wanting to change Hard Drive

I want to remove hard drive on 3100 and install a nother hard drive because I want to savewhat on the other hard drive and burn it

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If you take the case off you will see where the hd is on the ribbon their should be a spare conector like the one that goes into the one already installed and you will also need a power lead there should be a spare one any way plug the other hard drive in aswell as the one you are using then switch on with both hard drives in then when you goto my computer it should let you pick other hard drive alternatively take your hd out and put the old one in on its own boot your comp up and then save what ever you need to then take it back out and put yours back in this is ok todo and wont affect anything on your computer hope this is some help to you

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Thank you for your query

When transferring a hard drive from laptop to another, it is wrong to assume that Windows will automatically work, as both laptops are different windows will not laod up on the other laptop

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