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Old 07-09-2007, 09:43 PM
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I can dissect and reconstruct a desktop PC but when it comes to laptops I'm all thumbs. My son's laptop is in the process of taking a dump. He needs it for college. It boots up with a message refering to a HD failure. I can clone desktop pc hard drives but I'm lost when it comes to laptops.. What the best way to upgrade the hdd?
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:58 PM
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Burn all your data (favorites, music, documents etc) to a cd, or save it via network to another PC. Stick a new hard drive in the laptop and rebuild it with the original factory rebuild cd, then re-install all your apps.

You could ghost it's image it to a network share (or USB attached external hard drive) and then reimage the new one with the ghosted image...but for a laptop, it would probably be a pain to do so, and a newly rebuilt one will run faster anyway.
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:05 PM
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The Laptop drives are no more complicated than thier desktop counterparts, though they are more fragile. The platters in a laptop drive are glass and the platters in a desktop hard drive are aluminum. Any time you want to permanently format a lappy hard drive, just throw it at the ground.. Even the DOD can't recover it

Like Joe said, if it's taking a dump real bad.. Slave it if you have to, capture the Users Local Settings (Desktop, Favorites, Cookies, MyDocs, Email PST Files etc) or use ghost to clone it, assuming that you can get the hard drive to last long enough to get it cloned to an iso and then overlay it on the new drive. Or just fresh load the OS on the new drive and restore the User Locals.

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Old 07-09-2007, 10:18 PM
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Thanks for the input. I know there's a wealth of info on THT. I was just doing a search and came up with EZ upgrade clone software, usb enclosure and a 100GB drive for $139. Sound good and simple to clone. What do you think. Sound pretty good to me.

http://www.apricorn.com/product_detail.php?&other_info=overview&id =11&type=family&anc=
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:28 PM
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I think it's steep but.... I work with this stuff so I have access to Norton Ghost and I have a few 30 gig lappy HDD's laying around that I throw in USB 2.0 enclosures. I guess that price is ok.. I will say that Norton Ghost is most likely the far better cloning product.. It's all I use to build out my loadsets for all the machines I support (more than 6000 of them).

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Old 07-10-2007, 06:17 AM
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Stinger,
Thanks for the reply. It's nice when you have access to the equipment. I have an IDE enclosure and I have Xcopy documentation but I don't have a PATA enclosure. I can get a hard drive cheaper but I think I'll order this shipped over night before it finally takes a dump. I've backed up his data so at least we're safe that way. Thanks for the input.
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