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Before buying your new hard drive, you need to establish whether your existing hard driveuses an IDE or SATA interface. Your laptop manual should have this information.

Drives listed as SCSI are SATA.
You'll need to look for 2.5-inch drives and if you want the best speed, you should buy a 7200rpm drive, but these are currently only available on the SATA interface.
Once you have the new drive and you've backed up all your data, it's time to remove the old one.

Turn your laptop over and have a look at the bottom of the chassis.
Each laptop is different, but the hard drive will generally be located behind a panel, held in place with screws. You may need to remove several panels, until you find the one containing yourhard drive. See our three-step guide below above for more details.
Once you've removed the panel, you should see the hard drive held inside a metal cage. There may be a strip of tape that you can pull to help remove the hard drive. Check that it's not held in place by any further screws.

Gently remove the drive, ensuring you pull it out in as straight a line as possible. The hard drive connector has easily bent pins, so make sure you don't twist the drive as you remove it.

Once the drive is out, you'll need to remove it from the cage it was attached to, and then attach the new drive. Fit the new drive and replace the chassis cover panel. Your new drive will not be partitioned or formatted, so you will need to do this as part of theWindows setup.

Turn your laptop on and press the key needed to enter the BIOS set-up screen, usually ESC or DEL or F2. In the BIOS, check that the new drive is detected – if not, you'll need to refit it.
Go to the boot section of the BIOS and change the boot order so that your laptop boots from CD and then the hard drive. Save the settings, insert the Windows install CD or System Recovery discand reboot your laptop.
Follow the instructions to set up Windows, or recover your system to its original factory install state. Once Windows is installed, you can go back to the BIOS and change the boot order to boot from the hard drive, so you can get straight back to work.

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