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Tom

I need to install a larger hd on my HP Pavilion computer. The original hd is
a 40 gb ultra dma hd. I want to install a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - hard
drive - 160 GB - ATA-100. Will this hd be compatible with my system? If so I
could use some tips on the proper way to install the new hd as a slave, then
copy the original hd to the new one. Is there any free utilities to do this?
After that I want to remove the original hd and use it in another computer.
The original hd has a partition with recovery of the o.s. and software. Do I
have to do anything special because of this ? Thanks to all who reply!

Windows xp home sp3
I did update bios to latest
 
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philo

Tom said:
I need to install a larger hd on my HP Pavilion computer. The original hd is
a 40 gb ultra dma hd. I want to install a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - hard
drive - 160 GB - ATA-100. Will this hd be compatible with my system? If so I
could use some tips on the proper way to install the new hd as a slave, then
copy the original hd to the new one. Is there any free utilities to do this?
After that I want to remove the original hd and use it in another computer.
The original hd has a partition with recovery of the o.s. and software. Do I
have to do anything special because of this ? Thanks to all who reply!

Windows xp home sp3
I did update bios to latest


Don't know exactly the specs on your machine...'
but most machines now days should support a 160 gig drive with no problems..

The drive *might* come with cloning software...
otherwise you can use Acronis...
it's not free, but they do let you use it on a free-trial basis

As soon as the drive is cloned...
place the new one where the original one was.
When you are sure that all is OK

you can then use the original drive elsewhere
 
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Big_Al

Tom said:
I need to install a larger hd on my HP Pavilion computer. The original hd is
a 40 gb ultra dma hd. I want to install a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - hard
drive - 160 GB - ATA-100. Will this hd be compatible with my system? If so I
could use some tips on the proper way to install the new hd as a slave, then
copy the original hd to the new one. Is there any free utilities to do this?
After that I want to remove the original hd and use it in another computer.
The original hd has a partition with recovery of the o.s. and software. Do I
have to do anything special because of this ? Thanks to all who reply!

Windows xp home sp3
I did update bios to latest
Some people buy USB external drive enclosures for the new drive and do
everything that way rather than putting hardware in the cabinet. This
way when done they can put the old drive in the enclosure and use it for
backup on any and all PC's in the house. USB makes an easy install.

Seagate and or maxtor have a free utility to transfer data from drives.
It will clone your system from C: to E: (your new drive). You swap
drives and you boot and you're running off the new drive.

Thats the simple explanation.
 
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Gerry

Tom

Is your HP Pavilion computer a desktop or a laptop? What model?

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
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FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
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Tom

Desktop HP Pavilion 7955
Gerry said:
Tom

Is your HP Pavilion computer a desktop or a laptop? What model?

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
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JS

It sounds like your PC's BIOS does not support 48Bit LBA.
(support for drives larger than 137GB)
Check the vendor for availability of a BIOS update.
 
G

Gerry

JS

He said "Windows xp home sp3".

My concern was whether it might be a laptop. It's not.


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Regards.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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Anna

JS said:
It sounds like your PC's BIOS does not support 48Bit LBA.
(support for drives larger than 137GB) (SNIP)
JS
http://www.pagestart.com


Tom:
I'm virtually certain that your HP desktop PC supports large-capacity hard
drives, i.e., drives > 137 GB. I really don't think there's a problem there.
I don't know why JS thinks the BIOS doesn't support such. But just in case
you may want to check this out with HP.

We'll assume your present 40 GB HDD contains the XP OS with at least one of
the Service Packs previously installed.

As previous responders to your query indicated Seagate does provide a
"DiscWizard" program which is a disk-to-disk cloning program. It's actually
an earlier version of the Acronis True Image disk cloning program. The
program will be included on the CD packaged with a retail (boxed) copy of a
Seagate HDD. If you purchased a OEM ("bare") version of the drive you can
still download the program from Seagate's site.

So basically you'll connect the new HDD in your system. It's not really
important at this point whether it's connected as a Master or Slave or on
what IDE channel. Just make sure you jumper it accordingly. We'll assume you
know how to connect a HDD.

You'll then use the DiscWizard program to clone the contents of your old 40
GB HDD to the new 160 GB one. Just make sure you've appropriately selected
(identified) the "source" disk (the one you're cloning) and the
"destination" disk (the recipient of the clone, i.e., the 160 GB drive).

*Immediately* following the (hopefully!) successful disk-cloning operation
disconnect your old 40 GB HDD and, if necessary, connect your new HDD as
Primary Master in your system. Again, make sure you've correctly jumpered
the disk and properly connected it in your system. DO NOT BOOT THE SYSTEM
WITH BOTH DRIVES CONNECTED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DISK-CLONING OPERATION.
Then you can boot with only the 160 GB HDD connected. Following this you can
reconnect the 40 GB HDD as a Slave device on either IDE channel or Master on
the Secondary IDE channel. Again, make sure your drives are properly
jumpered and securely connected.

Hopefully all should go well although I have to tell you that we have run
into problems using Seagate's DiscWizard program in the past. The
disk-cloning program we use nearly exclusively these days for situations
like yours and as a comprehensive routine backup program is the Casper 5
program. So we haven't had much recent experience with the Seagate program.
But judging from the reports I've come across apparently many users find
that the Seagate program works just fine for situations like yours.
Anna
 
J

JS

A web search shows that this model was available as early as 2001 and as
such the BIOS may need to be updated
(if the chipset supports 48Bit LBA)

JS
 
T

Tom

Thanks for all the reply's. The chipset is listed as Intel 845 if this
helps. Pentium (R) 4 1.5 GHz/400 processor.
Tom
 
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