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Hard drive problems on a Compaq Armada 1750 Laptop

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A new user on this site and I hope someone can help me.

Having hard drive problems on a Compaq Armada 1750 Laptop.

The SMART technology on the drive is issuing a warning about an imminent drive failure.

Looking thru various internet help sites have fount that the physical replacement of the drive does not seem very hard, but leaves me with a couple of questions that I hope someone can help me with.

1) When the new drive is installed, how does one get the operating system back up on the new drive and running? The data has been backed up and applications can be re-loaded easily.

2) Can the original sized drive be replaced with a larger drive, i.e. 40GB that seem much more common in the stores?

Thanks for the Help

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It shows as an IDE drive so finding anothor one and replacing it shouldn't be difficult. If you buy a name brand drive it should come with software to format and install it. The easiest and best way is just to copy an image of the old hard drive to the new one, saving all your files and programs in the process. If need be you can put drive overlay software on the new drive to make the machine see the whole drive, but that probably won't be needed for a 40gb drive.
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