[SpamCop-Social] Re: If I have to get a new 'puter
heybub at gmail.com
Wed May 4 21:21:49 EDT 2005
> "Porpoise" <porpoise1954 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:d5bbvm$crk$1 at news.spamcop.net...
>> New HDD?? A decent Harddrive would make a difference - it's the major
>> bottleneck in any system these days
> Once you start replacing things though, you start running into
> compatibility problems with the motherboard and stuff, and I don't
> want mess with that, i'm not sure I can even install a hard drive
> myself, or want to.... Gateway said they'd sell me one for about $75
> but I'd have to log on to their website while I was installing it to
> have them walk me through it.......hellllooooo........
If you hand will fit a screwdriver, you're golden. Our experience is that an
IDE drive lasts about three years when running 24/7.
In your case, buy a new hard drive from Fry's or somewhere* and install it
as a "slave."
Then, use the software that came with the new drive (or downloadable from
the manufacturer's website) to "clone" your existing drive to the new one.
Be sure to get a drive (Western Digital, Seagate, etc.) that has such
Next, remove the old drive and switch the new drive to "master."
*There are sometimes incompatibility problems regarding recording
methodologies (IDE vs SATA) and drive capacities (motherboard or OS may not
support a larger drive). You can completely overcome any potential problem
by removing your existing hard drive and (carefully) carrying it to the
computer store. Tell the clerk: "I want another just like this."
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