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#1
I have a HP dm4 laptop that seems to have a hard drive going bad. At startup I keep getting a message that the hard drive is failing and I need to back up my data. I have backed up everything using windows back up and saved it to an external HD. Now that I have done this, do I just need to get a new HD and pop it in then boot from the external HD and restore the data to the new HD? The HD is a Toshiba MK6465GSX. Where is the best place to pick one up and would this be a good time to do an upgrade? I know, a lot of questions, but I need some advice from the pros. Thanks
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#2
what country are you in so know were to send you to get new hard drive? do you have or did you make your windows recovery disks to put windows back onto the new hd before copying data off external hd?
#3
Sorry I am in the USA And no I did not make a windows recovery disk and dont have one. I just did the windows 7 back up to the external HD
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#4
see if can boot off the external hard because if can't then you need windows disk(s).
#5
So still looking for advice as to where to get the new HD and if its something I can upgrade?
#6
#7
any computer store will have 2.5" sata2 hard drives. does not have to be toshiba as can use hitachi, seagate or western digital. can also check http://newegg.com for hard drives.
#8
would it be a good time to upgrade my HD and dose it have to be a sata2 or can it be a sata3? Could I go with this?

http://pricedepot.net/retailer/seagate-...2513594/cid-11/

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#9
I believe if you use an sata3 drive it won't be any faster because your computer was made for an sata2 drive although it would probably work.

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#10
ok thanks
#11
sata3 will work as sata2 but not vice versa.
#12
but will it make a diff?
#13
No it won't improve the performance any by using an sata3 in a sata2 system.
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#14
Can I do anything to make it faster?
#15
Adding more memory if it will support it will make it faster.The same goes for the processor if it is up-gradeable to a faster one.

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#16
guys....thanks for all your help and sorry for all the questions.
#17
what is the system specs of the laptop? what is the model# of the dm4 laptop as there is various versions of it?
#18
I am not sure I want to do this myself but I just called the computer shop and they told me it was going to run $225 to get it done so I am going to try it myself. I need some more help from you guys. I think I need to make a recovery disk and I know how to do that. I ran a backup from the control panel to an external HD. I have a new HD. What do I do now? Will I lose the things I put into my laptop like MS office? It did not come with the computer. I had to buy it and install it but I bought it online and dont have the disk. Any help with be great. Thanks
#19
when you downloaded office, did you save it 1st or just installed it?
#20
I saved it
#21
then save it to a disk with the registration numbers so it can be reloaded after windows is installed on the new drive.
#22
So I am told by the computer shop the only way to get everything that I have on my old HD is to "clone" it. They say there is software that has to be used. Is that true?
#23
yes. who makes the hard drive as i use both seagate & western digital software to clone drives & is free?
#24
Originally posted by ddp:
yes. who makes the hard drive as i use both seagate & western digital software to clone drives & is free?
I got the exact same thing I had Toshiba MK6465GSX
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