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Q: Hard Drive Replacement/Warranty?

I receive a Smart Drive error of "Immanent Failure, back-up immediately"... and of course its been telling me this for close to 2yrs now. my Question is this, "Is my Hard Drive covered under its manufacturers warranty or HP's warranty?". My Laptop is no longer warranted by HP but the manufacturer has a 5yr. warranty on its internal hard drives and my hard drive isn't 5yrs old yet. The HHD I'm referring to came installed within my laptop at the time I purchased it. Anything else you need to know? Thank you.
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A:Hard Drive Warranty

TLSchneids Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about your warranty question but this is just a community self-help forum staffed by volunteers and we are not authorized to commit HP regarding warranty issues. But, my GUESS would be that no, the warranty on the replacement drive does not extend beyound the warranty on the original laptop -- IF you obtained that drive through HP.  However, if you did not buy the drive from HP,  the original manufacturer of the drive may have their own warranty, and you should check that out.  Western Digital, for example, warranties some of their drive for three years.Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================
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A:Think Your Drive is going? Poor Warranty of Hard Drive Storages!

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A:Crashed hard drive / warranty

@Mik46?, welcome to the forum. This is a peer to peer help forum. The only presence that HP has on it are the Admins and the Mods. Otherwise, none of us works for HP. Your computer was released in 2012.  Therefore, it is over 3 years old and the warranty has expired.  You will have to buy another hard drive that is the same size or larger than the one being replaced.  Here is a guide to help you replace it. If you need further help, you will have to contact HP Customer Service. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.
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A:Dell Warranty - Faulty Hard Drive

Good question!

First, what brand is the hard drive? Just about every manufacturer has their own diagnostic software. Go to their site and download it, and test the hard drive yourself.

Then, if you feel you should still send it in, wipe it clean first, using tools such as Eraser.

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A:Will Upgrading my Hard Drive void my Warranty?

Not on a Probook. The hard drive compartment is customer accessible and customer can change hard drive. See p. 35 of the Manual here: Service Manual Post back for any more questions. If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.
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A:Does replacing hard drive myself invalidate the warranty? 15...

Typically, upgrading "user upgradable" components doesn't void your warranty, however this computer doesn't contain any user replaceable parts. Please see OMEN by HP Laptop PC - Maintenance and Service Guide, which states; "Removal and replacement procedures for authorized service provider parts;CAUTION: Components described in this chapter should be accessed only by an authorized service provider. Accessing these parts can damage the computer or void the warranty. CAUTION: This computer does not have user-replaceable parts. Only HP authorized service providers should perform the removal and replacement procedures described here. Accessing the internal part could damage the computer or void the warranty." Provided you don't damage anything in the process of changing the hard drive (128GB M.2 SSD), it is unlikely that you will have voided the warranty. If you damage anything while change the drive, you will have voided the warranty. You may also be required to return the original har drive to the computer before receiving warranty service. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation
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A:Does changing your hard drive void the warranty?

This is mostly opinion-based, but I'm pretty sure hard drives are CRUs (Customer Replaceable Units). Given that they mailed you the replacement drive, you should be able to install the new one, and mail back the old one.
Did the box with the hard drive come with a return shipping label? If so, just call Lenovo Support and check if you can just do the replacement yourself. Only downside is that you'll also have to do the Windows install again if the drive isn't pre-imaged.
Again, I'd recommend calling to confirm, but if you're comfortable replacing it, it won't void your warranty.
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A:How to Secure Hard Drive Before Warranty Service

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A:Replacement of battery under warranty

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2. If I dual boot my laptop with Ubuntu Os.
Kindly let me know the warranty status in both the cases.
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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A:Flex 2-14 - Warranty: Replacement policy

Hi wavare_ajinkya ,
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
As a general rule, CRU (customer replaceable parts ) will not void the warranty as listed from the hardware manual . However most upgrades on this model shows that such are considered FRU (field replaceable unit) , meaning you would have to open up additional parts and might require skill and specific tools thus CRU ID is N. (item6 page 72 ).
1. Upgrading your RAM however would not void any warranty.
We had same issue discussed on this thread . 
On quotes: " Similar to this query is this case  for the Z500 replacement of optical drive which is also a CRU Id - N and this thread. 
Warranty agreement :
What this Warranty Does not Cover 
- failure or damage resulting from misuse, abuse, accident, modification, unsuitable physical or operating environment, natural disasters, power surges, improper maintenance, or use not in accordance with product information materials 
-damage caused by a non-authorized service provider
-failure of, or damage caused by, any third party products, including those that Lenovo may provide or integrate into the Lenovo product at your request
Warranty is not covered if during the process of modification , damage or accidents may incur both on the replaced parts and the original devices ." 
The answer would be no , upgrading  the harddrive ,RAM will not void your warranty not unless that original parts gets damage because of or during the process of upgrade. 
For best measure , you may give Lenovo Tech a call so that they would be able to note it on your account for the pc that you have plan for upgrades .
2. Changing the original operating system would not void the hardware warranty , but support for the software such as the new or original Operating System (example to restore it back/ drivers issue etc.) would be users responsibility and functionality thereof. 
Hope this answered your query .
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A:Hard Drive Replacement

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A:Hard drive replacement

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A:hard drive replacement

Hi, An example of what you're looking for is on the link below. Regards, DP-K
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A:Which replacement hard drive ?

Here is the Service Manual: Manual Supports 6.35 cm (2.5 in) hard drives in 9.5 mm (.37 in) and 7.0 mm (.28 in) thicknesses (all hard drives use the same bracket) So that confirms it will accept the one I linked in the post above.  Unfortunately, hard drive removal is a bit tricky. Start on p. 85 of the manual which shows how to remove the top cover.  You can skip over the part about removing the screen and jump to p. 105 for the hard drive.  This series of pictures will also likely help: If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.
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also thought worth mentioning
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I have a Compaq Presario 1260 laptop with Win98 and a 4gb Fujitsu IDE hard drive. I need to replace the hard drive. Can anyone tell me what I need to look for in my new hard drive to make sure that it is compatible with my computer (ie Capacity, Physical Size, interface, etc)?

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[This message has been edited by TechGuy (edited 02-13-2001).]
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A:Hard drive replacement

Yours is a standard PATA drive using a standard 44-conductor PATA connector. It is a given the system will handle a drive as large as 137 Gigabytes; but, it may go even higher depending on whether your board and OS supports 48-bit addressing.

Just be sure you get Parallel ATA (PATA) as opposed to Serial ATA (SATA). The connectors are very different. You'll need a drive with a 2.5-inch form factor.

As you shop, pay attention to the fact that you can usually get a drive with a three-year warranty for just a very few dollars more than the cheapest on in the list. Example: This drive for $55 carries a one-year warranty while this one for $60 carries three and this one for $60 carries five years.

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A:hard drive replacement

You can look thru Here ... I only see one 500gig.

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A:Hard Drive Replacement for PC

You would be better off getting one HDD to put in your computer and an external one for your backups (actually two external HDDs for backups would be much better since even a backup HDD can fail without warning but only one is better than none). The external HDDs should be connected to your computer only when updating the backups; they should not be permanently connected.

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A:Replacement Hard drive

terfig wrote:..... Can't afford sata right now. ...Hi, You MUST use SATA, no choice. Probably you are talking about SSD. There are many standard HDD's around. I bought one of the following HDD's last week to test few things - much cheaper elsewhere You can buy Toshiba, WD, Hitachi, ... Regards.
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A:Hard drive Replacement

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A:Hard drive replacement

You say you have a "full entire backup".

What do you mean?

An image of your C partition?

A file by file backup of all files on the C partition?

Something else?

You don't have to separately backup the registry.

What application are you using to make this "full entire backup"??

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A:Hard Drive Failure, Replacement

Hi, welcome to TSG!

Make an ISO of your Windows 7 disk.
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A:I need info on a replacement hard drive.

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A:Hard drive replacement-steps ok?

This is what I would do Knot ok
You have 2 hdd's and the 80 gig is still ok yes?
Make sure the second (back up) drive is empty and just back up your .exe progs like nero or firefox etc.
Make sure no ME OS files are on it, remove it and set the jumpers to slave.
Make a ME boot disk then install your new drive jumpered as master.
You will of course have to fdisk it and format it.
Install ME then add the second drive. Then just transfer your .exe files back onto the new drive to a folder of your choosing.
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I just bought a new 1TB hard drive. and the full install of windows 7. i want to take the HD1 as seen in the pic. and wipe it clean so i can install it in the empty bay for extra storage. then i want to install the new HD. and install windows 7 on that drive. can i do that? plus i have all my photos that i take on the HD2. will i lose any of it when i do the switch around? or should i unplug it. then after installing windows 7 i can plug it back up?

A:Hard Drive replacement question

I would temporarily disconnect HD2 so there is no way you can inadvertently wipe it or install Windows on the wrong drive.
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I replaced a defective hard drive in my NEC 2205c notebook, all went well. When repowered, the screen remained black, I powered down, repeated the procedure with the same result. with the drive removed the startup stops at "starting WIN 95", next error MAG. ,as would be expected, "hard drive missing".
Where do I go; from here?


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 805 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8159 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953766 MB, Free - 840464 MB;
Motherboard: BIOSTAR Group, N68S3B
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
I have found through the tech guys here that my hard drive is failing. My question there any criteria that I need to follow in buying another drive. Or would any good hard drive work in my machine?

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This is for a Lenovo Idea Pad P400 Touch Pad

I've determined the hard drive is bad ( if you need the details, I'll supply them ) and need to know if the Lenovo Start Recovery Disc and the three Operating System Recovery discs that came with it will be enough to get the system back to the original status, but on the replacement hard drive..

Thanks for your time.

A:Laptop Hard Drive Replacement

the three Operating System Recovery discs that came with it will be enough to get the system back to the original status,Click to expand...

yes they should set back to factory condition

you will need to change the boot order in the bios so that the DVD is first

If windows 7 - you can expect a LOT of windows update probably 150+
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Hi everyone I just need your expert opinion on this matter before I call Dell back Apparently my Hard drive went out on my new computer mos old and I guess possible Motherboard problem as well because the Dell tech told me they were sending a Hard drive amp a motherboard to a Replacement drive??? Dell Hard service tech near me Anyway the tech came out with only the Hard drive When I ask him where the Motherboard was he didn t know anything about a motherboard Dell did not send him one He went ahead and installed the Hard drive amp every thing seems to be working fine now for days so far My concern is do you think my computer would still work ok if it has a faulty motherboard too My warranty will be up in about months amp just want to Dell Replacement Hard drive??? make sure I have a message to call Dell back amp let them know how my service call went but Just wanted your opinion before I do Thanks

A:Dell Replacement Hard drive???

"possible motherboard problem" along with them only fixing the hard drive leads me to believe it was only a faulty hard drive (which is very common).

I would casually mention in your return phone call about the motherboard, but don't push the issue. If the mobo is faulty [now], you'll know about it before 6 months is up (although you likely would already) and can take the appropriate measures for replacement if it comes down to that.

Btw, I hope you backup your data.
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A:Mac Powerbook G4 Hard Drive Replacement??

If I were you I would ask for this thread to be moved to the Mac forum.

Technically the HD should work from what I know of Mac, but Apple may have some sort of authorization for its HDs.
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Also, their is a huge price difference between retail, and oem drives. Are there any major downfalls to an oem drive? Any one brand more user friendly to install? Any general advice as to pitfalls to look out for?

Thanks in advance, John

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A:Hard Drive replacement guidance

Welcome to SF. Have you considered just imagining your current drive over to the new drive? Also maybe consider a SSD vs a HDD as well as many SSD's come with a software suite for imaging and a usb cable to make the process easy !

Here's the kit alone and would work with SSD's and HDD's - Crucial Technology CTLAPINSTALLAC Easy Laptop Install Kit For 2.5 2.5in Solid State Drive (SSD)
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A:Replacement hard drive needed

 Hi, SATA 2,5 inch, check the pages 46, 47 and 48  500-GB, 5400-rpm 634932-001320-GB, 5400-rpm 622643-001250-GB, 5400-rpm 622641-001
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A:Primary Hard Drive Replacement

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Well, I figured out that in fact my secondary hdd is dead, not my first, so all I had to do to get windows up and running was to fix my master boot record. Unfortunately, I hadn't had a chance to back up anything on that drive, so I lost about 7,000 photos from stop motion shorts I make, 10 full length movies, and seven gigs of downloads. I sure have learned my lesson about backing stuff up. Soon I'm going to get a 500 or so drive and an external one also. Man, my computer really hates me right now...
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