Laptop HDD Replacement

Posted on 2014-04-02
Last Modified: 2014-04-27
I have a user who needs to have a larger hard drive installed on their HP Elitebook laptop.  I have ordered one, but I am not sure how to transfer the content of the old drive to the new drive?  Can someone help give me an idea of what is involved, programs to look at, etc?

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PC mag has a great article on How to Clone a Hard Drive,2817,2421302,00.asp

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the above tools will sort you out.

what you need to do is plug the new drive via USB of some sort in to the computer and then clone it and replace later on
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Just check and see if they have a restore partition on their machine first.  If they do then the apps above may not be quite suitable for the task  If they don't then there should be no problem.

If they do have a restore partition then see if you can get install CDs from HP.  If you can then the utils above should be fine.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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There are a ridiculous number of ways to copy a disk.  I use rawcopy (attach both drives as slaves and use the program to copy one to the other)

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I like the sound of rawcopy, but I am really a novice at this.  How do I attach both drives as slaves, I don't know what that means.  Does that mean I need to get two hard drive enclosures and run the program from another laptop, with the two hard drive enclosures (containing the old and new hdd's) connected to that via usb?  Thanks.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I take a desktop - most have 3-6 SATA ports - I take the cover off and attach power and data cables to each of the two drives.  Then power up the PC and run Rawcopy. Just make sure you correctly select which drive is which - if you chose the wrong drive as source, you WILL lose everything.

Rawcopy copies the Entire drive, including slack space (empty space). It also can continue even when it hits bad sectors. I recently copied a failing 2TB drive twice to two new drives this way - took 6 hours each time.  Because it copies the raw bits, file size doesn't matter - data transfer is max at all times.

Only issue is it doesn't handle greater than 2TB drives.

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I have to be honest and ask a really obvious question; why does the user need the bigger hard drive IN the laptop? What was so wrong with getting an external?
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nobus earned 500 total points
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you can use the drive in an USB enclosure; use a usb 3 one if the laptop has usb 3 (you did not mention the model)  - or an usb 2 one if you don't have usb 3
then you can use an imaging software like the free Paragon b&r  :      

here an usb 2  :

usb 3

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ID: 40025665
The Paragon site was very helpful- thanks for the pointer to this
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i use it  also a lot

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