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6 Easy Steps To Copy Your Laptop’s Hard
6 Easy Steps To Copy Your Laptop’s Hard 1. The first thing you’ll need to do is to dig out your
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you have in your computer so you’ll know what
you need to buy to replace it. Laptops use 2.5 drives
and are normally outfitted with one of two types
of drives: IDE (also called Parallel ATA, or PATA) or
SATA (Serial ATA). If you cannot locate your manual,
try the manufacturer’s website. Most manufacturers
provide PDFs of product manuals in the support
section of their websites.
Note that some manufacturers require a specific
brand of drive. If this is the case, be sure to speak
with or email your drive source and describe your
laptop (manufacturer, model, etc.) to make sure that
what you plan to buy will operate properly in your
computer. For example, a larger drive may create
Laptops were originally designed for travel. You more heat. Question whether the drive you have
had your laptop computer. You had your desktop selected or the laptop model you are using is capable
computer. You weren’t supposed to need a large of dissipating that additional heat. Most companies
drive in your laptop so laptop hard drives, like laptop which sell drives will know what will work and what
computers, have traditionally been small. Small in won’t. Asking the manufacturer for advice may not
physical size and small in storage capacity. yield the best results as their replacement drives
often tend to be considerably more expensive.
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have begun to feel a bit cramped for space..
2. Once you have determined which drive to buy,
Replacing your laptop drive with a larger drive isn’t you will need to figure out how to connect the new
difficult but it can be quite time consuming (not to drive to your computer so you can communicate
mention irritating) to rebuild a new drive from the with it. If you have no way to insert a second hard
ground up. It’s much faster and easier to simply drive into your laptop (which is usually the case),
migrate your old drive–lock, stock and barrel–to the most practical way to connect your new drive
your larger drive. Here’s how you do it. is via the USB port. As mentioned above, laptop
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6 Easy Steps To Copy Your Laptop’s Hard Drive
drives come in two flavors, IDE and SATA. The dif- your old drive. The drive will be bootable and will
ference between the two drive types is reflected in act just like your old drive. The only difference is
the connectors they use to attach to your computer. that this copy of your drive has lots more available
space. At this point, you will need to power down
Neither of these will connect directly to a USB port your computer and go back to your laptop user ma-
so you will need either: a USB to IDE or USB to SATA nual for instructions on removing your old drive.
adapter. These are quite inexpensive and some even Take particular note of the orientation of the drive
come bundled with both IDE and SATA connectors (face up/face down) as it comes out of the computer.
in one unit. A Google search should quickly bring Also, if your existing drive comes with mounting
up whatever models are current. Alternatively, you brackets that must be removed, take note of how
could use a USB drive enclosure with either USB to the drive fits into the bracket or brackets.
IDE or USB to SATA conversion built in. Another
possibility is to purchase your replacement drive 5. Next, you will need to disconnect your new drive
as an external storage device in the size you need. from any adaptor device you may have used in or-
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backup drive. Again, make sure you know whether a storage or backup drive.
the drive inside the enclosure is an IDE or SATA.
6. Install your new drive into your computer and
3. When your new drive is hooked up via the close up the case. Reboot your computer and enjoy
USB port, the next step is to install drive migra- all that extra drive space.
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