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Can I replace

by momo034 / February 5, 2008 2:33 AM PST

I have an HP Pavillion DV5000 with a 120 GB Hard drive and Im thinking about replacing it with this 320GB hard drive i found...

Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive

But I've never done anything like this and I have a couple questions:...Firstly, can i do this myself? I dont have expereince with this but im a pretty capable person generaly and good with fixing things...And secondly...if I do Im assuming I will lose all my major applications that came with my computer like Windows, CD burning software, etc. etc. Is that right? And if so is there any way to do this so that i dont lose all that? Thanks in advance for your answers....

Jordan

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Unlikely.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 3:38 AM PST
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Given only your post for which OS was in use, some versions have a 127GB and that's why you stop at under that size.

Bob

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Another thought. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 5, 2008 7:54 AM PST
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there is cloning software that will do a full copy of the existing HD and copy it to a new HD. I have used this on several occasions with larger drives on desktops. But laptops are another color. Will the motherboard support a larger HD? If so you'll need an external USB-2 enclosure for the new HD so it can be cloned.

If you have the original Window's CDs (you didn't tell us what OS) you might be able to reinstall the OS. But in this case you'll have to reinstall all your applications. Then use the USB-2 case to move all your other "stuff" to the new HD.

This can be a complicated and time consuming process.

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