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Worth replacing the hard drive, battery and buying recovery disks?

Q: Worth replacing the hard drive, battery and buying recovery disks?

I currently have a Lenovo laptop and have had it for 2 and a half years. The battery has always been pretty bad and last about 3 minutes unplugged. The hard drive is a temperamental one from an old laptop as the original broke for no apparent reason, probably didn't help I was constantly having to rebuild it too. I know it is stupid but when I got this laptop I was young and naive and didn't realise how essential recovery disks are.
I realise to replace all of these would be quite expensive so am wondering whether it is worth just buying a new laptop?

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Preferred Solution: Worth replacing the hard drive, battery and buying recovery disks?

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A: Worth replacing the hard drive, battery and buying recovery disks?

We need more information to comment.
There are at least 7 levels of Lenovo laptop... Is this a T-series... or just what is it? model and type.
In general, Lenovo laptops are among the most reliable...
This is not a good time to buy hard drives, due to the market over-adjusting to the hard drive factories under water in Thailand.
Batteries, good ones, can be found for $35 to $45
But you can get a 90 GB SATA hard drive for $90 or less.
Tell us the hard drive brand and size, the amount of memory installed.
All in all, we can rebuild a decent Lenovo for $140... and that is a lot less expensive than a new laptop. But a shop would have to charge you $205 or more.
A cheap laptop might cost you $500 to $600, but a good laptop could cost you $1200 to $1800. For long term reliability, I would want to invest at least $1000 to $1500

Tell us more so we can best advise you.
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A:Help - wiped hard drive, problem with recovery disks

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Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

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A:Buying A New Hard Drive

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A:Replacing Hard Drive?

If the 2nd HD just has data on it and not an OS then its easy to do, just buy an external HD caddy with a drive big enough in it, most have a USB connector, plug it in and use explorer to copy the files to the new drive.

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DOnt forget that once you remove the old drive make sure the jumpers are set correctly.

I think that covers it...

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A:replacing a hard drive

I cant recommend any but i would say corsair or seagate drives. You would have to buy an enclosure and yes it will need power. The ssd should fit right in because the connectors are the same. I will answer the rest when i go on my computer
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A:What ti do before replacing hard drive?

Download the free disk utilities from the HDD manufacturer and use them to copy the whole drive/partition across.

If you do it in Windows or XP the OS wouldn't like it because of the shared files violation. Even the famous Norton Ghost (paid, not free) has to do it outside the Windows in Command mode.

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I have a DELL INSPIRON 15R 5520
What 1tb Hard drive should I purchase?
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WWN: 50014EE6582574BF
MY- 0G2J3X-12555-290-C2UL-A00
C/0 MY
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A:Replacing my Hard Drive

You may not need a new drive.  Check the system setup to make sure the SATA operation is set correctly - it was probably in AHCI mode initially and the replacement board may have the drive set for a different mode (RAID, ATA, etc.).  If AHCI doesn't work, try RAID -- chances are the drive is just fine.  F2 at powerup to get into system setup to check/adjust the setting.
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Any standard 2.5" 7 or 9.5 mm SATA notebook drive will work.
If you don't have a set of recovery media, you will need to contact Dell for one.
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Sorry, its a bit unclear. Are you replacing the boot drive, or just a storage drive in the system?
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A:Replacing Hard Drive

It seems you know all you need to know for ordering a replacement drive.

XP can't be installed to an external, and you would need a machine that would boot from an external drive, anyway.

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A:Need help with replacing hard drive

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A:replacing the hard drive can i do it myself??1/15/10

should be able to - HP used to be quite easy to get the harddrive in and out -
whats the exact model
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The copy of Windows Vista that came with the Sony Vaio is not licensed to be used on another computer. If you don't have a license and key for the Dell, you'll have to buy one.
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A:Replacing hard drive

Hello Terri13th,You have many questions, maybe I can answer a couple.Macrim Reflect is a disk imaging software. It digitally takes a picture of any drive you have installed on your computer. I have not used this software, but I would guess it does the same thing as most others. It should take a digital picture of your drive, as it is at the time of capture, and transfer ALL the information to another drive you specify.If you clone your HDD to a new drive, the new drive should be exactly the same as your old one...exactly! Once the new cloned HDD is inserted as the master drive on your same machine in place of the old one, it should act exactly as your old one did in the same machine if all goes well.A clone is just that...a clone. It is the exact replica of any drive you just cloned.It does not matter where your clone target drive is installed. You tell the software to clone a drive to another drive, and that's what it does. Provided the drive you clone from, is smaller than the drive you clone to.Have a quick look at this site on Macrium Reflect and what it's used for.Hope this helps your understanding on this subject! bloopie
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A:Replacing Hard Drive

Download and use Macrium Reflect to create an image of your drive and then restore it to the new drive
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A:Replacing Hard drive

The drive you buy should have an installation disk with it, Or it can be downloaded from the manufacturers site.
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A:replacing hard drive

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Are you sure it is not accessible from the bottom?
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A:Replacing my Hard Drive

1.  It's not clear why you'd want to buy a drive that's already three years old (the date of manufacture is 2013) . You can easily find brand-new drives:
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A:Replacing bad hard drive

I would make an image with Macrium Reflect Free

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A:***Replacing my first Hard Drive*****

When I did a research on Compaq Presario CQ62 219 WM in the Internet it came back with the following spec for the hard disk

250 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm

Nowadays the laptop hard disks are mostly Sata II with speed up to 300Mb/s or twice as fast your old hard disk. Its 150 means 150Mb/s. The latest Sata is Sata III capable of 600Mb/s.

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A:Replacing PS3 Hard Drive

Alias50 said:

Not sure if this goes in here but anyway...

I'm thinking of replacing my ps3's 60GB HDD for a bigger one. So far I've read that the ps3 supports only 2.5 inch 5400 rpm (laptop drives.) I'm thinking of getting either one of these.

Could anyone confirm the information above (5400rpm) etc. is correct? Also, i'm looking for about $100-150 price range. And suggest a size. I still don't know how much i need, but i know 60GB isn't enough. And as far as I can tell, it's any capacity, so long it's 5400 rpm and 2.5 inches.

Please confirm/reject/add info, suggest/tell me if mine are good/if you have a better deal\ hard drives.

I'm new to hardware shopping, and since I'm planning on getting a gaming pc soon I guess it pays to know this stuff. So suggest good sites for this kind of thing.

Thanks it advance,

Alias50Click to expand...

I think the link to Newegg is a desktop HDD so it will not work, though will go with the gaming PC you want

As to the other, I don't think there any limitations so the 320GB should work.

If you are planning to play a lot of games and have lots of saves, the 60GB should be ok.
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A:Replacing hard drive

Ghost is used for making an image of the current system. Then, at a later date you can restore that system back to that state with ghost. I dont think ghost is an option at this time.

It sounds doubtful that the hard drive is bad, because of what you said about the virus.

Go to the website of the hard drive manufacture and get their diagnostic utility and test the drive to be safe.

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A:replacing hard drive

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A:Replacing Hard Drive

Imaging and cloning while similar are not the same thing.
If you intend on doing regular backups [very recommended] I would buy acronis true image. If this is a one time thing, drive makers have software that will clone your drive for you. It is not as easy to use as acronis however it works.

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With one of these; available at any computer store, newegg, etc.