hi, I intend to get new HDD for my laptop, simply for the fact that this one,some where, has a fault, I have the recovery disk, i could do the drive that is in there now, but if i make a pigs ear of it, I am stuffed.at least i can always put this one back in...anyway, to the question, about time i hear you cry... i updated the BIOS on here, is that sort of thing on the HDD so i would have to do it again, or is it on a sort of chip somewhere...thank you
Before 1990 or so BIOSes were held on ROM chips that could not be altered. As their complexity and the need for updates grew, BIOS firmware was stored on EEPROM or flash memory devices that can be easily upgraded by the user. This EEPROM chip sits on FWH interface, but a newer interface named SPI is also emerging and in some newer boards EEPROM chips are already sitting on SPI interface. However, an improperly executed or aborted BIOS update can render the computer or device unusable
BIOS as nothing to do with changing the Drive for a new one if the Laptop is farely new it should recognise it OK. Your Problems is you only have a Restore Disc. So you need Somthing to Partition the drive if it as a partition, there may also be a Hidden partition that Restore works from, Plus you need Acronis True Image. Create a Image with True Image to CD's or DVD's then swap drives and restore from CD's or DVD's You can split the Image to fit on discs for reloading
Before you do anything, search the drive manufacturer's site for diagnostic tools that you can download, these will check your drive for errors in a non-invasive way. You will then be sure that the drive is really faulty.
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