I have a IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad R51e that has a 40GB hard drive. I'll soon be at the capacity limit and I'm going to upgrade the internal hard drive to an 80GB.
My laptop is under warranty until May 2009, will it void the warranty because I'm not buying the hard drive directly from IBM? (IBM's price is $261.00 compared to my purchase of a Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 5700rpm PATA interface for $47.00)
Prior to installing the 80GB hard drive I hope someone can help me with some of these questions.
The Windows XP Pro was factory installed by IBM/Lenovo. Will it recognize the program to install it?
Will all of my Product Recovery CDs still work with formatting the new hard drive back to the Factory Default setting?
Will I need to create any additional disk that I may need prior to restoring to Factory Default setting?
I have read about problems of hidden partition and password issues. I did try to research the issues, but the more I read the more my head started spinning.
I'd truly appreciate any knowledge that any of you may offer.