View Full Version : installing new hard drive on m200
09-11-2007, 03:28 PM
hello I have bought an m200 I now want to upgrade the hard drive to 7200 rpm
so I bought another one with an external dvd playerof course it doesn't work
I copied the cd files into the hard drive directly by my external 2.5 enclosure but still doesn't boot
for info I don't have any SD card less than 1GB
I tried your network boot solution but still does not work
I didn't know what to put for boot file in tftp I did try install.bat but nothing
thank you for the answers
09-11-2007, 09:50 PM
You can't just copy files of the old internal drive to the new (external for now) drive -- you need a cloning program, such as Acronis True Image (I don't know if any free-ware programs exist for doing this). Once you clone Old-->New (via USB), remove the old drive and install the new drive into the internal bay.
09-11-2007, 10:06 PM
thank you for the answer
at first I didn't wanted to clone the hard drive but instead do another clean install.
I did try to clone the hard drive with norton ghost.
Ghost copied the files checked them and then gave me a sucess message,
when I install the new hard drive into the laptop I turn on the computer, it boots until it reach the login screen I enter my password and then the "welcome sound" plays and it follows by the "logoff sound" !! then the screen comes back to login. Everytime I enter my password and press ok , it's the same thing
of course I've tried again, I formated the hard drive, cloned it again and the same problem reappeared ...
anyway does anybody know if I can lunch the recovery Cd from the SD Boot card ? I think I'm going to buy an SD tomorrow
09-12-2007, 10:45 AM
Norton Ghost is brain dead when it comes to cloning. When you hook up the new drive externally and start Windows, the new drive is generally D: (anything but C:). Norton Ghost clones to D: BUT DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO RESET D: TO C:. Thus, when you install the new drive internally, it begins to boot, but since the signature recorded by Windows for that drive is that it's the D: drive, and Windows expects most of its files to be on the C: drive, you can't finish booting. I experienced the exact same thing myself.
The solution for me was Acronis TrueImage. It is smart enough to change the D: identifier to C: (you'll see a brief command line message from TrueImage the first time you boot the new, cloned drive, which is when the switch occurs -- only happens once).
09-12-2007, 06:13 PM
Acronis True Image is one of the best applications I've ever used, both for its simplicity (no manual reading) and utter reliability. Its worth every cent.
09-12-2007, 11:21 PM
YESS !! I did it my laptop is so much faster now !!
thank you all so much
Acronis owns !!!
the hard drive is very noisy tough !
now I just hope the laptop itself's gonna last a while
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