Hard Disc Replacement

  Newuser618 13:42 19 Jul 2010

Can anyone advise me on the size of hard disc I can use to replace the one I have that might be failing.
My current hard disc looks as though it is soon to fail as the s.m.a.r.t. status is showing BAD, backup and replace.
The spec is 200 gb ide drive
Windows XP SP3
Memory 2 gb
HP pavilion t370
Can I replace this hard disc with a 500 gb one - will my system recognise the new drive and how do I transfer my Windows XP to the new drive.

  onthelimit 13:55 19 Jul 2010

Might be easier to leave the existing one and add and extra 200gb for your data. There's usually planty of room in a desktop, and normally spare plugs for power and data.

  rdave13 14:28 19 Jul 2010

So long as it's an IDE drive, as original, then 500 GB is ok.
The way I replace a drive is to connect the new drive in an enclosure and connect via usb. Run a cloning tool and clone the original drive to the new one. Then replace the drive in the PC.
The enclosure needs to have IDE connections. I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager to clone the drive and will clone to the same ratio of partitions as original.
I don't use free cloning software but I'm sure someone can recommend one.

  Newuser618 14:48 19 Jul 2010

Thank you Onthelimit I have nowhere to put another drive inside the case.
The advice Rdave13 has given seems good. I just have to get the bits together.
Thank you both.

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