hard drive failing

January 26, 2010 at 08:50:19
Specs: Windows XP
I was informed last night that my hard drive is failing. I'd like to avoid replacing the computer if I can. I'd like an outline of procedures/tasks involved in replacing the hard drive (R2 the part is the easy step) and getting the necessary software loaded and files transferred. Prefer to keep XP as the OS, have the original "factory" disks from Dell and have a complete new XP set used for a disposed computer.

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January 26, 2010 at 14:05:19

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January 26, 2010 at 17:18:30
If you have not yet purchased a new hard drive and you are not sure if it is sata or ide check. If the computer has a few years on it most likely it is ide.

Don't let the sale person talk you into sata with "Sata is faster baloney" Some stores will not take back opened electronics.

New hard drives (in the box) come with a setup disk.....and easy instructions. Most people miss the Jumper settings so check the new drive and make sure it is set to slave.

Put the cd in. Select the option to make the new drive as the new boot disk. All files will be transferred over.

Now shut down and change the jumper to master and put it where the old failing drive is.

Except for the jumper settings the process is just about idiot proof.

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