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How Do I Install a New Hard Drive on my Laptop?

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Hi Gang.  Hope you can help me with this one.  I have a Dell Latitude XPi CD laptop with a 1 gig drive.  I'm getting a new 5 gig hard drive for Christmas but the only way we can get it is "drive only" which I assume means that I need a carrier of some kind.  Hopefully I can use the current carrier for the new drive.  But the main question is, since it will be my one and only hard drive, how do I make it usable?  I assume there will be no data on it, so how do I make it bootable?  Is this something I can do myself with some instruction from you all or am I in over my head?  Can you walk me through it or tell me where to look for such instruction?  I know my way around DOS and Windows and I'm confortable with basic configuration but unfortunately I am not savvy enough to know about things like bios and more complicated configuration matters.  But I'd really like to try.  Can anyone help?
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Rather than type in a huge answer I will point you towards a couple of web sites.
http://www.hardwarecentral.com/hardware/hdrives/ provides a reasonable collection of pages that list the steps to follow installing a hard drive.
http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/iguides/atalist.shtml, is the Segate Corporation site it provides installation guides for Seagate drives but the basic principles apply to most drives.

I would suggest looking at the web site of the drive manufacturer which I suspect will contain information regarding jumper settings etc.
You should also have a good look thru the dell web site e.g. http://support.euro.dell.com/oti/index.asp?cc=7&ct=34 has a list of drives for dell computers.

The most important thing to do before you start is to make a backup of anything you cannot easily re-install if something goes wrong.

Vlad.
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Thanks Vlad_impala.  If the pages you mention check out, I should be all set.
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read the instruction of the damn laptop
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give to me the damn 10 points now (pendejo)
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go her dianesca@prnet.,olp
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