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Installing XP on a new HD


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zetakappa700

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My mother-in-law gave(free) me her old labtop after the HD died. Its a fairly new labtop..just past warranty. However, I am planning on replaceing the HD and reinstalling a new operating system. Any suggestions or guides that will help me do this?

~Steve A

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Its a HP pavilion ze5200, and I have found the IBM travelstar HD online for about $100 and then I could buy the OS(Windows XP) at any local store for $100.

Do you think its worth it?
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Hi zetakappa700. take a look at this site.



http://www.drivesolutions.com

Edited by Dwight, 05 November 2006 - 09:27 PM.

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Any suggestions on the install of the new OS? As I understand it, all I need to do is make my cd drive the first in-line and add the xp disk which will prompt the particitioning of the new HD and then install the OS. After which I need to install the software for the chip, video, sound, and drives? After that its done.

Any other comments besides updating the bios before the install disk?

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It comes standard with 2 units of PC2100 256mb ram, would it be better to upgrade with 2-512mb or 1-1024mb units?
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Zetakappa, I have looked up the laptop on the net. The total memory it can use is 1024 MB. So the best bet would be to buy 2-512 sticks of memory for the laptop. This laptop came with either windows XP or Windows 2000 depending on if it was used in a business(win 2000) or for a home use computer(win XP).

Yes, you should set your bios to boot from the cdrom drive so a Windows XP cd will install XP on the computer. You might also check to see if you can get a H-P recovery CD that might reinstall XP onto the computer. A few years back i bought a recovery CD for a H-P vectra that cost me $35 from H-P.

Unless you really need to update the bios on the laptop, i would skip doing that. Heres the webpage on what a bios upgrade will fix on the computer.

http://h10025.www1.h...r...228&lang=en

Here is the drivers you will need to download to the laptop. These drivers are not included with the Windows XP OS.

http://h10025.www1.h...r...044&lang=en

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HP rocks, I spoke to them via an online tech chat and she said I could call and get the OS for $50...The one that originally came with the comp. She also gave me a how to link for installig xp on a new HD.

http://www.windowsxp...dd/indexemu.htm
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