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How to Replace a Laptop Hard Drive

If you have had difficulties with your laptop hard drive, you may want to replace the drive while you have the damaged one inspected by Secure Data Recovery. Luckily, recent innovations in laptop technology make it easy to replace a hard drive.

How to Replace a Laptop Hard Drive

Recent innovations in laptop design make it easier than ever to replace a hard drive.

Here are the steps you should follow to make the replacement:

Step 1

Prepare a New Drive

Make sure your new drive meets all of your needs. To extend the life of your new hard drive, consider upgrading to a Solid-State Drive (SSD). Because these “SSD” drives have fewer moving parts than traditional Hard Disk Drives, they have a tendency to last longer. However, they also cost more per-gigabyte than traditional drives.

Remember that drive speed will impact performance. Most laptop hard drives top out at 7,200 revolutions per minute. However, if your drive has a smaller capacity, files will remain easy to access at slower drive speeds. Thus, you might consider a 5,400 RPM drive. Whatever you choose, make sure the drive is the right width for your laptop.

Step 2

Remove the Existing Drive

Make sure that your laptop is unplugged and that the battery has been safely removed before you remove the hard drive. Most Windows-based laptops have a panel on the bottom that can be ejected using a small lever or button. In some cases, the panel may need to be unscrewed using a small screwdriver, such as the kind you might keep in an eyeglass kit.

Whether the hard drive access panel is located on the side or bottom of the laptop, it should be easy to remove the drive from the chassis. Use a grounding strip and anti-static gloves to help ensure no harm comes to the drive while you are working on it.

Examine the old drive to see if you need to remove any mounting rails from the edges. Also make sure that, if the old drive’s signal pins interfaced with the laptop through a connector, you carefully remove this connector for use with the new hard drive.

Step 3

Install the New Drive

Using the attached components – mounting rails or caddy – place the new hard drive firmly into the laptop and slide it into place. If it does not slide easily into place with gentle pressure, double-check to ensure that the new hard drive is placed right side up.

The hard drive should enter the laptop with a noticeable “click.” Once the hard drive is in place, finish making the connection by returning and tightening any screws that you had to remove. To reduce the chance of error, follow the process for removing the drive in reverse.

Step 4

Initiate the Drive

Use the backup disc that came with your laptop to initialize the drive. This is usually done through the laptop’s optical drive.

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