Replacement Hard drive

Fujitsu siemens / Ga-8i848pm
July 25, 2009 at 00:28:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3.4 GHz / 2047 MB
My stepdaughter has dropped her laptop.

Compaq nx7300. It now doesn't see the hard drive.A Fujitsu MHV2080BH.
This is a 80GB SATA-150 drive.

My question is, will the recovery disks work on another SATA-150 but bigger in size?

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#1
July 25, 2009 at 07:37:27
The HDD isn't necessarily damaged. Did you open the case to see if it became disconnected?

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#2
July 25, 2009 at 09:04:24
Yes, I did try pushing it back in, but it hadn't come out.

I tried the hard disk from my Fujitsu siemens laptop, that is seen
in the boot menu, the Original is not.

All I get with original is invalid or missing system disk.

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#3
July 25, 2009 at 09:09:00
Yes, I did try pushing it back in, but it hadn't come out.

I tried the hard disk from my Fujitsu siemens laptop, that is
seen in the boot menu, the Original is not.

All I get with original is invalid or missing system disk.

I'm resigned to replacing the disk, but I wasn't absolutely sure
I could fit a bigger disk. a 120GB is about the same price as
the original.

I have googled, it seems it shouldn't be a problem using the
recovery disks.

I did tell her to backup, but would she listen.

Still, she didn't sound too upset when I told her she had lost
everything.

Thanks for your input.

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#4
July 25, 2009 at 12:12:54
As for your original question will the recovery disks work on another SATA-150 but bigger in size? the answer is: it is not HDD size that matters but the lack of the hidden EISA configuration partition and the recovery partition needed for the recovery discs to work.

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#5
July 25, 2009 at 12:58:23
I assumed the idea of the recovery dvd's was to recreate the disk
with the recovery partition. In the case of hard disk failure.

Am I wrong?

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#6
July 25, 2009 at 13:05:53
Unfortunately I am afraid you are incorrect. The idea of recovery discs is to restore windows from the original hard drive. Blame it on M$ for dictating to the OEM system builders that Windows must die with the original PC components.

Years ago one of my friend had to take HP PC to BestBuy to have them replace the HD & - catch the keyword - tattoo it with a proprietary tattoo utility for the recovery discs to work.

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#7
July 25, 2009 at 13:36:35
Hp support is vague about any procedure concerning a replacement hdd. The Maintenance and Service Guide isn't much help either...

http://bizsupport.austin.hp.com/bc/...

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#8
July 25, 2009 at 13:40:10
I think I have a better idea ... why don't you go ahead rip out the old HD install the new bigger one. Boot to the recovery CD and post back what you see. Meantime don't let her get in your nerve - she broke it, right? Deal?

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#9
July 25, 2009 at 13:56:50
Thanks for all replies. She didn't bring the recovery disks with
her, & I won't see her for a week.

I found this

"Recovering from recovery discs : use this section when the
hard drive has been replaced and you have a set of recovery
discs."

From this page

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...
lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=bph07145

It seems to indicate that I can replace the drive. For £35, I
think I'll give it a go.

I will post back after I have tried this.

It irritates me, when people don't post back with a solution.
Good or bad.


Thanks again.

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#10
July 25, 2009 at 14:03:04
Gotcha now I recall it - the set may consists of 10 or 13 CD discs used to rebuild the partitions. Be prepared to sit in front of the PC and change discs when prompted. I will keep an eye on this thread for followup.

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#11
July 25, 2009 at 14:06:19
Good catch Clive...

"Press F to perform a destructive recovery. This will format the hard drive. If the hard drive is new or has had the recovery partition damaged, this option will also create new partitions and format the drive."

That's what I couldn't find.

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#12
July 25, 2009 at 14:37:52
Just a quick update. Although she didn't do a backup.

It seems I have an Acronis image of her hard drive from a couple
months ago.

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#13
July 25, 2009 at 14:43:44
Might be worth a try. If not, you can always use the procedure from Hp.

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#14
August 8, 2009 at 05:26:54
Well, I finally got hold of a Western Digtal 160gb drive.(sata 300)

I wanted a sata 150, because I thought the mb wouldn't recognise sata 300.

It saw the drive in the BIOS. I had to use wetern digital lifeguard tools top prepare the disk for a windows install.

I didn't have the recovery dvd's so I still can't answer my original question.

The Acronis image worked, but I only had TI 10, I think TI 2009 can resize partitions as well as recover. So I was left with unallocated space.
After playing around with various partition tools I managed to create the second partition using all the space.

Now, when I run TI 10 from windows, it doesn't see any drives. After googling, this seems to be a problem with HP disks with recovery partitions.

The Acronis boot cd does see the partitions, & I am in the process of creating new images with updates.

Thanks for the advice.

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