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Installing new hard drive in laptop

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Hi Readers,

I bought a new 40 gig hard drive for my HP Pavilion laptop. My old hard drive got bad and I dont have anything to transfer from it to new one. I am not sure how difficult is the process of installing a new hard drive.

Do I just need to fit in my new hard drive?

How about the partition?

Installing OS should be my 3rd step?

Do I need any 3rd software for this whole process?

I may sound novice here but I will appreciate replies from your side.

Thanks in advance!

Edited by SINGH, 06 February 2006 - 07:08 PM.

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you should be able to just slip it in. then insert and boot up with your os installer cd. that should give you the option to format the drive in its preffered filesystem. (ex. windows xp, NTFS) it should be plain and simple with keys to press for different functions listed on screen. if it does not automatically, there should be a key to "create a partition" and unless you wanted multiple ones, just create one big one. for windows xp you should use ntfs. then choose that partition to install windows xp. and it should be guided from there on.
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