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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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computer guys, hd swap out

I know there are a lot of computer guys on here so just a quick question. My girlfriends HD decided to crap out on her Compaq Presario 2100 laptop. Compaq sent out another one that we are going to go pick up at FedEx tonight. any advise on removing the other one and on the install. I'm pretty computer literate just not real experienced with notebook computers. So any advice would be helpful or any knowledge of a forum I could go to would be great also. Thanks, Jake

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Are you looking to salvage old data?? Or just get the machine up and running???

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 07:27 PM
 
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Pull it out, slip new one back in. Should take less than one minute.
Load a new OS in it. If it comes with an OS you are all set.

Not really anything to it, make sure the PC is off.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 07:27 PM
 
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Well, it's rather easy if the HD is already formatted and has an OS installed. All you have to do is open up the laptop case, unplug the drive, and replace it with your new one. When you go to start back up, the comp will simply load from the new HD. The bios should detect the new hardware. If you have to install windows, you'll follow the same procedure as above, but load with a boot disk or CD to reinstall an OS.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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up and running, the old one went kapooiiiiiiii, I couldn't get any data back up and neither could the "Geek" squad as she bought it at best buy. Don't like to bash people but I think the geek squad could use a little more training. I pretty much did everything concievable at home, virus scan from cd, hard drive diagnostics which kept coming up as failed hard drive, and so on and so forth but in the end just seemed the dang thing crapped out. I'm pretty sure it was virus related as she hadn't paid to update her antivirus in a while (believe me I pestered her about it to no avail...) it would hang on boot up even going through safe mode, it stopped at windows\system32\drivers\atisgkaf.sys which is a grafifix driver I believe. Anyway I probably gave up on it to soon but her warranty was to run out in 3 days so we figured that we would at least replace it at Compaq's expense. long story short, just need to swap them out.... Jake
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thanks guys, more worried about how to actually open the lap top up as I have never pulled one apart before lol.... thanks again Jake
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Laptop? Did you just say laptop? Man that is so easy, a three year old can do it. Undue one screw, remove plastic cover, slide out old HD and slide in new HD. Replace the screw/cover. At least that is how it is done on my Thinkpad. Your Compaq should not be any different.
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Laptop drives are very easy to swap out. You might have to remove the cage from the old drive. I know that other compaq/hp laptops are that way. Based on what you said about the old drive you might be able to get some data off of it. I might be able to help you if you are interested.
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Laptop drives are very easy to swap out. You might have to remove the cage from the old drive. I know that other compaq/hp laptops are that way. Based on what you said about the old drive you might be able to get some data off of it. I might be able to help you if you are interested.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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only problem is that compaq support told her to try and reformat the drive so she did when I wasnt around, don't know if there is any info even left, she had most of her stuff backed up on cd's and my computer also so we should be ok. thanks for the offers though guys I really appreciate the help, installing xp as we speak, gonna be a long night of software installs and networking stuff!!!! Jake
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i doubt a virus could cause a drive to completely fail. laptop hd's have a much short life expectancy then desktops. i'm more inclined to believe it was just time to die
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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only thing is that it is less than a year old and used maybe one or two times a week tops. anyway I got it swapped out and noticed the old one is bent up a bit and the pins were skewed off to one side a bit. I had never taken it out and the computer had never been dropped or mishandled at all. the pins being skewed could be from me removing it but as far as being bent up (the circular thingy in the middle...) dont think I did it. anyway problem fixed just waiting for xp to install so I can put the rest of her software back on it!! thanks again for the help guys! jake
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