Copy an old hard drive for Compaq laptop.
I have a Compaq Armada 7380DMT with a noisy (noise that feels like the dentist worn forest is in your head) drive hard 4gig. I want to copy it to a disk good 6gig, with diagnostic partition.
What utility actually * operation * so that when I install the new drive it starts in ye olde Windows 95 b instead of saying 'Missing Operating system '?
I tried Paragon Drive Copy 9 Pro with the copy of defining raw partition and Dubaron DiskImage. Or copied the disc correctly so it could start on partition 2, but he could start on the diagnostic partition if I held F10.
The diagnostic partition is FAT16 with a very bare Windows 3.1 on it, with the Compaq utility as shell instead of program manager program. The other partitions are a primary FAT32 and an extended with a logical partition to FAT32 partition.
The PC that I have to do the copy with host is a laptop computer running 32 bit Vista Ultimate SP1 and a couple of USB adapters IDE laptop.
PS, I was do this kind of things computer since nearly 27 years and still have not seen all "fun and interesting" ways to complicate the life of a tech computer companies have set up!
I couldn't find any disk copy utility that could copy all partitions AND create the thing correctly. Here's what I figure out to make it work.
1. with the original disc in, press F10 when booting to access the diagnostic partition. Use the options to make the diagnostic and installation floppies.
2. make a startup with Windows 95 disk, then make a copy on C:\ of MSDOS. SYS and change the name to MSDOS. BAK
3. right click MS-DOS. BAK, click Poperties and uncheck the box system, hidden and read-only. Copy MSDOS. BAK on the startup disk.
4. install the new VIRGIN hard drive and start with the diagnostic disk. It will take you through the implementation of a diagnostic partition and install the configuration files / Compaq PC diagnosis.
5. Insert the startup disk and restart. Use FDISK to create partitions. PARTITION 2 MARK AS ACTIVE. It is 2. TWO. Not 1!
6. Restart then FORMAT C:/s so the file system will be installed. To format all the others that you have created.
7 A:\>attrib c:\msdos.sys s h - r
8 A:\>copy msdos.bak c:\msdos.sys
9 A:\>attrib msdos.sys + s + h + r
10. remove the disc, connect it and the old drive to another PC by any means. USB > IDE adapters will work.
11. on the old disk, use Explorer to go to the volume, which Windows 95 is installed.
12. you need NOT hide all files and to display the name of Windows file extensions.
13. press Ctrl a to select all files.
14 hold CTRL and click on IO COMMAND.COM. SYS AND MSDOS. SYS to deselect them.
15 drag with the RIGHT button of the mouse on the new drive, release and click on copy.
16. when it's done copying, stop and then install the new hard drive in the laptop. Start up and you should be to the old windows on a new drive.
This process works even to switch to Windows 95 and 98 on a new disc using the Win 9 x computer is running. You must move the page file to the root of C:, or to another drive is not in the Windows folder. Format the new drive with the /s switch and when you copy everything, deselect MSDOS. SYS, so it will copy the basic version FORMAT installed.
It took me a lot of research to find the last disk of Compaq PC Diagnostics making SoftPaq to the Armada 7300 series, because HP does not have it on the downloads page for the driver of the laptop. This is the version 10.40 a, sp16085 number ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp16001-16500/ here the version removes the diagnostic partition configuration option. 10.39 version has, sp12906, keeps the installation program. It's here. FTP://FTP.HP.com/pub/SoftPaq/sp12501-13000/
I found these SoftPaq numbers on this page. http://Priede.BF.Lu.lv/FTP/pub/OS/Datori/Compaq/Armada_4150/utility/sp16085.html
Victory over HP trying to prevent people from getting the last partition Diagnostic utilities! Download page of the Setup disk that SoftPaq is listed on the Armada 7300 series.
I got a laptop HP who died - apparently the motherboard is bad. I have to return the laptop to HP for replacement. I bought equipment to connect the old hard drive to my new laptop via a USB cable and have recovered files that I need, but I want to erase the old drive hard until I got back.
There seems to be a lot of variation in the hard drive, programs wiping, and I was wondering if someone could point me to one that could fit here. I am concerned about the running software on my work to access the old hard drive and accidentally damage my portable hard drive to work laptop. Who is?
Thanks for the tips.
You should be able to as long you are sure to pick the right drive for formatting. See the following article:
I hope this helps!
I searched for the hard drive on my laptop dv6626us upgrades. When I read the comments they seem to all be positive with regard to the replacement of my current (factory loaded hard drive). One of the concerns is that the computer has been delivered to the factory with Windows XP loaded. I don't see the comments of those who have Windows 8.
Upgrading the hard drive for the dv6626us with windows xp installed at the factory would be compatible with the hard disk depending on whether I have found as being compatible for windows 8.
recommended update: Seagate portable, SSHD hydrides disk HARD 1 TB Sata-600 n/p.
The hard drive I have on the computer named above is: WD Scorpio WD1600B EVS - training 60RST0 settings: LBA 312581808. This hard drive has been charged at the factory.
HP does not have hardware support for Windows 8 on any system purchased before October 1, 2011. Most of the Windows 7 drivers work in Windows 8.
I don't know how I can exchange the SSD hard drive that I just bought. I noticed that the pins are different from my old hard drive...
The Inspiron 6000 is a very old laptop and requires a type of hard drive IDE, so you do not have the option to replace it with an SSD.
I worked for several years on a nc8000 HP with Windows XP, and I love it.
Unfortunately, the keyboard and the screen age.
I just bought another HP nc8000, second hand; This laptop of twins has the same processor, also Windows XP.
Question: can I place my own hard drive in just bought twin, replace the HDD internal?
that would save a lot of work: no need to install all my programs and settings.
(I'm not talking albout using my old drive as external drive for laptop double!)
Dear: HP Compaq nc8000 PC Notebook
Produktnummer: DU338C #ABU
probably Yes if the specification is close enough, normally in this scenario a driver may involve change or be added when first starting.
Make critical data backup & make sure you xp repair disk or Startup Repair Tools on-site in case you have problems starting permutation of readers but you expect not but being prepared makes life easier...
I have a Presario, model CQ56 (103SA), the hard drive that I want to upgrade. Is this possible? As the laptop has Windows 7 preinstalled, how can I do to get re-installed?
Thank you and best regards,
The specifications indicate a hard drive of 250 GB. Yes that can be upgraded to a 1.5 to (6 times larger) or somewhere in between. 750 GB is the sweet spot right now or even 1 TB.
Also, your drive is a model of slow 5400 RPM so I suggest at least upgrade to a 7200 RPM model. This is the model 750 GB 7200 rpm:
This shows how to replace the hard drive physically:
If your old drive still works, you can burn recovery DVD in the HP Recovery Manager. If the Windows installation is still OK (no viruses or anything like that) we can show you how it is enough to copy the old drive to the new so that you have all your programs and data. This operation may take some special software and hardware but not expensive. We can also provide a Windows 7 reinstall only disk image, you can recover Windows and then get the pilots and others from this site. There are several options, in other words.
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I'm fixing my laptop aunts. He a presario c500 compaq running windows vista. I bought a new hard drive. I would like to install windows 7. She could get windows 7 discs for free when she got off the computer, windows 7 was not yet. They have offered free windows 7 for people who bought the PC just before its release. Is it too late? I guess it's too late. Is there anyway I can get windows 7 for free? Or is there any discount for the upgrade to vista. I can't afford windows 7 discs.
In my opinion, it's too late to get a free version or price reduced from Windows 7. This offer was available about two or three years, if my memory is good.
You can Contact HP and ask.
I have a hard drive that gives indications that he is not long for the world, but this now works fine. Can I copy everything from this disk to a new hard drive and then swap them and have the system work exactly as before. I guess what I'm asking is if the computer will not differentiate between the old and the new drive. The computer is running Windows 7. Should I upgrade to Windows 10 before or after such action. Thank you all.
Get moving now, the longer you wait the more problems can occur during the upgrade of Windows 10 or after the installation of 10.
How to pass windows 7 to a new hard drive using Acronis True Image Home 2011:
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A 30 day trial version available, trial key sent to your Email address.
The user interface has become more complex and less obvious, be prepared to read the user guide before you start. Special attention to the 'Options' and do not exclude the folder "System Volume Information" of the backup.
Note: Initialization of cloning and the road (creating a MBR) are not supported in the trial version. Image backups and restores are fully functional.
For the trial version, recovery / restore image is only available when starting an Acronis Bootable CD Media.
Install Acronis and then create a bootable media restoration/rescue CD before you start creating your first backup image
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(1) for users who have a Western Digital hard drive, there is a free version of Acronis 2015:
You need at least a hard drive WD attached to your system to be able to install and run the product.
The installation procedure is simple.
1. download the .zip file containing the executable file and the user's Guide.
2 extract the .exe file and the user's Guide. (Read the User Guide before installing)
3. run the executable file and follow the on-screen instructions.
Supported: Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 SP1 (any edition), Windows 8 8.1 and Windows 10 Insider Preview
(2) for users who have a Seagate / Samsung hard drive there is a free version of Acronis 2013, it's called Seagate Disc Wizard:
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I have a toshiba satellite A105-S2194. I went online to get a replacement from the hard drive. The guy who I spoke to suggested that I get the data of 1 TB 2.5 5400 RPM. I asked if this was no exaggeration for my computer and if she would work with her. He assured me he would. I have windows 7 to load on this subject. My question is. It is true that he did and work in my laptop? It is with Fed - ex delivery and need to know whether to install or send back
The SATA standard is so clearly defined that virtually any disk 2.5 "will work on a laptop. High speed drives (7200 RPM +) could draw in theory more current that might have been specified, even if the newer readers are more effective. With regard to the compatibility of the BIOS limitation of size should not enter up to 2 TB
Even if the laptop is quite old it supports disks more large, Toshiba lists only readers that they mounted but Crucial list upgrades up to 1 TB.
I have a laptop HP - 15-af028cl with windows 10 and need an external hard drive to back up and store files. My older external hard drive is not compatible. How will I know if one is compatible before you buy?
What is your old external HDD? Any HARD (USB) standard external drive 2 TB down must be compatible with your laptop.
I have a laptop HP, series No. [number of Series edited by Moderator], P/n: FE932UA #ABA, I want to know the brand and the serial number of the HARD disk as roiginally came with my laptop. I recently sent my laptop for repair, & I have the feeling that my HARD drive has been replaced. Help, please.
This is something that we cannot help you.
If a laptop is sent for repair under warranty, there is always a chance that the components will be replaced to return the book to the condition that in when you sent.
I had an HP computer with Windows XP Home Edition on which crashed and recently replaced him with another HP laptop with Windows 7. I had a docking station hard drive to recover the files from my old laptop and followed the steps listed in this question but am still encountering the same problem. I have thousands of pictures on this hard drive, can I get back them?
a: Please make sure that the computer used must have an administrator account and administrator account must be connected while giving permissions. Also, same administrator account should appear in the folder properties.
b: First of all, we need to take ownership of the folder, select replace the replace the owner of subcontainers and objects .
c: Then check if the above changes have taken effect.
d: Then give all permissions.
Hope this information helps.
I had Compaq 6710 b and I'll update my Ram and HARD drive on it with these (link here)
On the system view, it says memory: 1.99 Gb and the Crucial site gives these details:
Maximum memory: 4 GB
But I looked under the hood of the ram and only thing I saw was a simple location with stick of 1 GB (below Sorry for bad quality and light photos)
So then it just a single cell phone location? And I can buy a 1 x 4 GB DDR2 ram stick?
The second site should be under the keyboard. The following book tells you where and how to access:
I'm just wondering if can replace with SATA hard drive, whose capacity is greater than 160 GB? I saw in the technical sheet it says 80/120/160, I am sure that I am I can exceed that.
I'll buy a 320 GB one.
Your response is appreciated.
Why not more (capacity)? 320 GB or 750 GB only $30 more. Check and update BIOS first. 2.5 "HDD are now much cheaper (I bought a 750 GB month last for $199 due to flooding in Thailand.) This week, the same as that is only $155). In fact, you can now buy 1 TB (9.5 mm thick).
I bought a Pavilion DV6t Notebook in 2010 and now get reviews of hard drive failure. I have a HDD 640 drive, I can replace my hard drive with the following: Seagate Momentus 7200 750 GB at 7200 RPM / MIN SATA 3 Gb/s 16 MB Cache 2.5 inch laptop laptop hard drive internal-naked drive ST9750420AS by Seagate
Yes, this HARD drive works perfectly.
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