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Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby Eyman » Mon, 05 Apr 2004 16:29:30 GMT


Ive got a Toshiba Satellite 3000 and am looking to replace the hard drive.

Could someone please point me in the right direction with some links or info
on how to do this.



Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby Joe Davis » Tue, 06 Apr 2004 10:30:56 GMT

If you want to avoid re-loading software, and have a healthy drive
currently,  look for something called E-Z Gig or something similar.  First,
delete anything you don't want to transfer, make sure your anti-virus is
up-to-date, run a complete virus scan and then de-frag the old disk. (You
don't want to transfer old problems to the new disk). E-Z GIG is an
enclosure for a 2.5" drive with a PC card interface to your laptop and some
software and instructions.  The new drive goes into the enclosure, the
software clones your exisiting drive, then you swap the drives.

If you want a fresh install of all your software, or if your old disk is
having problems, you don't want to do this--you need to do a fresh install
from your recovery disk.

Make sure your bios is up to date.  Check with Toshiba to find out how big a
drive their bios supports.

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Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby Barry Watzman » Tue, 06 Apr 2004 10:47:10 GMT

The reason that I won't use "Easy Gig" is that the software "expires" 
after a very few uses and you have to BUY additional "uses" of the 
software.  In essence, they are charging you every time that you USE it. 
  It may be ok for a person that only needs it a few times (less than 5 
over the course of a number of years), but it's not ok for anyone who 
does this a lot.  So I usually mount the laptop hard drive on a desktop 
and use Drive Image to copy the entire partition from the old disk to 
the new disk.

Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby Joe Davis » Tue, 06 Apr 2004 10:53:56 GMT

I agree, but Eyman sounded like he could use the easiest way.

BTW, I think you get 10 uses.  Mine was on a floppy, and I used it to
upgrade a PI Toshiba, then 2 PIII Compaqs.  Now, none of my machines have
floppy drives, but the enclosure still works good with Drive Image.  I think
I got my money's worth.

big a

Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby Dan Koren » Tue, 06 Apr 2004 13:00:50 GMT

That is no longer the
case for the CD version.


big a

Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby Neil Maxwell » Wed, 07 Apr 2004 03:21:02 GMT

On Mon, 05 Apr 2004 01:47:10 GMT, Barry Watzman

Another possibility is to use True Image 7 from (or a
similar imaging program) and image the HD to either a network drive or
an external drive.  After swapping the disk, it's easy to reload the
image.  I've done this a number of times with old IBM laptops with no
problems.  I like TI7 because it's very easy to use and it runs as my
normal backup software the rest of the time.

Neil Maxwell - I don't speak for my employer

Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby infogate » Wed, 07 Apr 2004 05:47:41 GMT

Here's a complete guide on how to do it:

You may need to clone your old hard drive...

Re: Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

Postby rainey47 » Wed, 07 Apr 2004 11:00:26 GMT

Be careful if you plan to use your recovery CD.  I bought a new
Toshiba a couple of months ago, and have been{*filter*} around the
Compuserve Toshiba forum quite a bit.  Judging from the message
traffic there, it looks like a fair number of Toshibas won't read
their own recovery disk, without first getting some sort of bios
modification (moderators are strongly recommending that Toshiba do the
mod - don't know the details).

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