New Laptop Hard Drive

  PC Advisor Fan 09:14 05 Nov 2008

I want to upgrade the hard drive on my Toshiba Portege M400, can anyone tell me if:
A) i could reinstall windows using the recovery disk.

B) where can i buy laptop hard drives

  The Brigadier 09:32 05 Nov 2008

A: No.
B: Novatech click here

  Pineman100 10:07 05 Nov 2008

I'm puzzled by The Brigadier's reply to A.

If you have a full Windows recovery disk, supplied with the computer, then to the best of my knowledge you should be able to use it to reinstall Windows on a new hard drive - provided you set your BIOS to boot from the optical drive first.

  woodchip 10:28 05 Nov 2008

If you buy Acronis True Image You can make a Image to a External drive. Fit the New Drive and just load the Acronis Image using the Acronis Rescue disc You will be away in ten minutes

  woodchip 10:30 05 Nov 2008

Recovery discs work in conjunction with Images on the Original Hard Drive. So it would not work with a new drive. He needs Acronis to do it

  tullie 10:39 05 Nov 2008

Recovery discs do just that,recover whats on a partition on original drive,not a new one.

  PC Advisor Fan 10:41 05 Nov 2008

i have acronis home trial but i've just brought the new version, can i use my old backups

  PC Advisor Fan 10:42 05 Nov 2008

i have acronis home trial but i've just brought the new version, can i use my old backups

  woodchip 14:48 05 Nov 2008

Don't know about what you call a backup. but a Acronis Image, should load with any version of Acronis

  Pineman100 16:53 05 Nov 2008

I'm sorry to bang on about this, but I still think that a full Windows recovery disk will reinstall Windows from the disk, not necessarily from a recovery partition on the hard drive.

I accept that not all computer manufacturers may provide a disk like this, but I believe that many do.

For example, I recently used a DOS recovery floppy disk to reformat the HDD on a Mesh computer, then I reinstalled Windows from the recovery CD provided by Mesh.

Any other views on this?

  woodchip 18:33 05 Nov 2008

The recovery disc would need to be a DVD not a CD for it to get anywhere near the size of Operating System and drivers on it

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