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How to Upgrade Hard Drive Stress Free

Filed Under (How-to Guide) by kimloon on 03-03-2009

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It was time to upgrade my Hard Drive or Harddisk. I had outgrown my hard drive capability. My hard drive was running out of space. I have too much photos files in my laptop, document, working files etc in my hard drive. As much as possible, I had copied most of the unused files to an external drive. But it was not working for me. I still needed working space.

Upgrading or replacing the hard drive was the only option left.

In the past, replacing or upgrading hard drive required preparing for the data backup, hardware replacement, re-install the programs and finally, data restore. The process would take hours.

So, most people, like myself, would prefer simply add another hard drive to the PC.

But mine is a laptop. A laptop usually has only one internal hard drive slot. Furthermore two hard drives meant more power and shorter battery life.

The following was the stress free method I used to upgrade and replace my current hard drive in my laptop.

1. Check the current Hard Drive Interface and Maximum Hard Drive Size Supported

This is the most important step before doing anything. We need to check the hard drive interface and the maximum size of hard drive supported by the PC or laptop.

We do not want to buy a hard drive and find that it could not fit the PC or laptop. We can easily do so by checking the laptop specification.

I did the fail safe approach. I opened the hard drive compartment, took out the hard drive and checked it physically on the interface. I also went to the shop and asked for the maximum size supported.


2. Purchase the Hard Drive and an USB External Drive Casing

Because most laptops support only one hard drive, we need to have some form of mechanism to transfer the data from the current drive to the new hard drive. The simplest and cheapest method I know of was to get an USB external hard drive casing. I got one casing at less than $15.00 at a computer hardware shop.


3. Connect the External Hard Drive

I installed the new hard drive into the casing, plug it to the USB socket of my laptop and let windows detect the drive. As most new hard drives are not initialized, you will only see the notification that it is installed, but could not find the new drive in the Windows Explorer.

You can find the new unallocated drive in “Computer Management” under “Administration Tools” of the “Control Panel”. Creating a new partition is not required. We need to delete this partition in the next step.


4. Perform the Data Transfer

This process would take a very long time for the data transfer. It could take hours depending on the size of the existing and new hard drives.

I am using Acronis Migrate Easy to perform this process. I simply run the program, select “Disk Clone” and following the instructions. Everything is automatic.

Please note that you would need to re-boot the PC at least once during the process.


5. Replace the New Hard Drive and Boot Up

Replace the Hard Drive and Boot Up.


Now I have a new Hard Drive and plenty of free space for me to work with.

This is the 5-steps stress free method of Upgrading the Hard Drive in my laptop. The whole process was easy and straight forward.

Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 is the very solution you need if you are planning to upgrade to a larger hard disk! Now during the migration procedure there is no need to worry about your priceless data – be sure that it will stay safe and secure. Plus your OS, programs and settings will remain unchanged as well. In addition, Migrate Easy creates, copies and even resizes the transferred partitions so that they could fit the new hard disk size.
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