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HP Laptop ENVY 17-j013cl --- upgrading hard drive

Q: HP Laptop ENVY 17-j013cl --- upgrading hard drive

The service guide for the HP Laptop ENVY 17-j013cl indicates the largest SSD that is compatible is 160GB. Does the service guide state this because, at the time the ENVY 17 was produced, the largest SSD was 160GB? Or is the system limited to 160GB SSD, for some reason? Thanks.
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I have tried a Ubuntu CD, a Windows Vista CD, a Windows XP CD, and none of them work. It does not matter what CD you put in; it does not work.

So what is the problem? Is it fixable? Was it the hard drive that broke?

The system is a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop.

A:Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

Never mind, everyone! It turns out, after I took it out and put it back in, it worked again. Maybe a connection problem... who knows.
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A:Upgrading Laptop Hard Drive

Hi MarcusMaximus,

If you mention your laptop model number, then people can give better advice. Different laptops use hard disks of different form factor.

Have a nice day
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A:upgrading laptop hard drive

there are many softwares available that can clone your hard-drives, but after cloning your OS will work is not a guarantee(haven't tried it yet), but i hav read an article that it works.
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I'm having a hard time believing this because there are a lot of websites out there that show you how to upgrade your laptop's HD and don't really mention size restrictions.

I tried posting a link to my specs, but because I am a newb, I am not allowed to do so. My specs can be found on HP's site. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please Help!

A:Upgrading laptop hard drive. Is too much = bad?

If you want my personal opinion/experience its much easier to just get a small external. example here are a few nice small handy ones that are 240G alone that go for under $100! (cheaper then updating, will work just as swell for storage and its mobile on top of the laptop already being mobile!) and just move all the crud you don't use or isn't essential to the external (music/videos/games/pictures etc) hard drive&Ntk=all&name=240GB - 320GB

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Yes, you will be able to use your back up disks and everything should work out just fine.
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New Hard drive is 20 GB.

I can network to 40 GB to store.

Can this be done?

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I will have access to another 3500 Inspiron in a few days if this helps.
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A:Upgrading a Hard drive in a laptop and transfering files

Don't do it that way.
Just mount the new internal drive in the external enclosure temorarily(2.5 to 3.6 adapters are cheap.)
I suggest you run Ghost from boot CD so that you are not trying to copy an OS that you are running from.
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A:Upgrading laptop hard drive, wanting to copy all files onto new one

Any USB carriage that can hold a 2.5" SATA drive would work. Then you can use something like Macrium Reflect to clone the internal drive to the external one. Once that process is complete, shut down the laptop and swap the drives.

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A:hp envy 17 hard drive

Yes the new part is compatible.  You can find the compatible parts here: BUT remember that the Windows Key would not work if you change the HDD and do clean install. The product key is embeded and you need to take the unit to a authorized service center to get the product key working.
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has your old drive become faulty
spec says a 320GB harddrive - which is quite large
and if its still working then , you could use an external harddrive to store data onto

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A:SSD hard drive to hp envy 17-j067ez

Yes you can. The SSD will run at full SATA-III speed. It is a major, major upgrade. You will need an adapter (caddy and cable) to install the hard drive in the secondary bay. This is a US seller but they ship to other places and their products are for sale in other countries, too. Put the SSD in the "main" slot and the hard drive in the second slot. Post back if you need more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.
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A:HP ENVY m6-w102dx x360 Change hard drive to SSD

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A:Upgrading Hard Drive

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Startup Repair

It may help .

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I think this article fairly represents my opinion,

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A:How do I go about upgrading my hard drive on a Samsung lap

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A:Questions Concerning Upgrading RAM and Hard Drive

See comments in bold:

Quote: Originally Posted by Seraphyn

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A:Upgrading with a 320GB hard drive

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A:Pavilion 15 ab128na upgrading hard drive

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I've figured out how to upgrade RAM and finding one that is compatible with my laptop, but I am having a hard time understanding if an upgrade of an internal hard drive is possible and just where to get?

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QUESTION: Does the OS recovery CDs/DVDs need the drive to be the exact same size - 320GB? Obviously, WIndows will fit just fine of a 240GB drive. Does the recovery process recreate the recovery partition as well as part of the restoration process?
Thank you for your time and any advice.

A:Upgrading legacy hard drive to sata SSD

SBDavin wrote:I don't mean to highjack the thread but I have an additional question that may be helpful for others performing the same type of recovery. I ordered the recovery CDs for my HP 2000 Notebook just today. To increase performance, I am also thinking of replacing the factory-installed 320GB hard disk drive (HDD) with a 240GB solid state drive (SSD). QUESTION: Does the OS recovery CDs/DVDs need the drive to be the exact same size - 320GB? Obviously, WIndows will fit just fine of a 240GB drive. Does the recovery process recreate the recovery partition as well as part of the restoration process? Thank you for your time and any advice. It is advised not to go smaller on the replacement drive. SSD are pretty inexpensive for 500G right now. You don't want to go smaller. It doesn't have to be the exact same size but it should always be bigger not smaller. Factory recovery will create AS IS from the factory setup and recovery partition if you should use the Factory Recovery media.
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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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Here is a link for more specifics for the Power Supply:

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Backup Hard Drive i want to get:


A:Upgrading Emachines T5230 Hard Drive?

I would seriously consider changing the drive to this: Free shipping makes it almost none more expensive than the other one, and it's double the size.
For a backup drive, even this will work: If you plan to use the drive later for other purposes than backups and storing files (installing games onto it, installing your OS on it, then get a faster drive than that(the samsung ecogreen))

All of the linked drives will work just fine.

To the actual questions:
1: yes,
2: no, yes.
3: Well, yes. Still, the 320 GB one is more reasonable to get. You can never have too much storage space.

As a sidenote, the Blues are 95% probably faster than your current boot drive. You could gain a slight performance increase if you copied your current hard drive (using a specific program for that, Acronis Tru Image for example (not freeware, 30-day trial available)) and used the new drive as your OS drive.
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A:Upgrading Dimension 4300S hard drive help

Your hard disk is what is commonly referred to as IDE or ATA, not SATA.
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A:Windows extremely slow after upgrading second hard drive

Download Crystal Disk Info and run it see any cauction on your 2nd HD status ..
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