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    Can I swap the HD in my computer for another?

    I have an old computer that works fine except the HD is tiny (4GB) I have been offered an 80GB HD from someone to replace it, but is it that easy? Can I just swap one for the other and then put the windows disc in to install again or is there alot more too it?

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    It's as simple as that. Remove old drive, plug new one in its place, install Windows. Simple. The only potential pitfall is that you'll need to change a jumper setting on the new harddisk to make it Master or Slave depending on what the previous drive used to be. But it should be fine. And with a second cable, you can keep the old drive hooked up as well.

    if you want a clean install, then just unplug the present hd, plug in the new hd, and pop in the cd in the cd drive.....

    but if you have data on the hd you want to keep then you need to remove it somewhere

    As long as you deffo have the installation disc then yes that's all there is to it.

    As stated above why not use the 80 as a slave, you will not have to start again then.

    Original Poster

    Good to hear it can be that simple Relief! NO idea about the slave thing though sounds well beyond me, but the new 8ogb HD will be more than plenty, its only for homework and a little internet stuff for my ten year old, he starts high school in Sept and I want to be prepared so planning on starting it now. When my eldest started high school I didnt have a clue about how much computer time she would need and we struggled so am determined to be ready this time.

    OK next question, is the disc I use to install everything the XP disc ? And as it has no wireless card can I buy something to plug into it to make it talk to my router?

    kidcat;5048202

    Good to hear it can be that simple Relief! NO idea about the slave thing … Good to hear it can be that simple Relief! NO idea about the slave thing though sounds well beyond me, but the new 8ogb HD will be more than plenty, its only for homework and a little internet stuff for my ten year old, he starts high school in Sept and I want to be prepared so planning on starting it now. When my eldest started high school I didnt have a clue about how much computer time she would need and we struggled so am determined to be ready this time. OK next question, is the disc I use to install everything the XP disc ? And as it has no wireless card can I buy something to plug into it to make it talk to my router?



    The XP disc will install the OS, some basic apps (like, the really basic ones - Calc, Wordpad, Paint, Internet Explorer, that sort of thing) and it'll install some drivers for some hardware (although, mostly only old or generic things, which might actually be alright for everything you have except the wireless card). WindowsUpdate will help install more drivers. Anything else, you'll have to google for.

    And answering your second question, if the system doesn't have have an ethernet port (it looks like a phone socket, but slightly bigger and will be on the back of the system), you'll need a network card and an ethernet cable to connect it to your router. Drop me a PM if you don't have either of these, and if you want, you can have a cable and card out of my collection of spares for a tenner delivered and posted tonight.

    Original Poster

    Thanks dxx, I have also got some other discs for soundcard etc that came with it but have never had to use them obviously. But I do have them if I need them I also have the Office discs etc to install all that so I should be ok.

    It has an ethernet thing at the back and it previously ran on a wired modem with no problem. I have all the cables etc from that. However i was hoping to be able to use soemthing like a USB plug in thing to be able to connect wirelessly? Is that not possible?

    it is possible once the drivers for the usb ports are set up and then the drivers for the device..... it should be plug and play on xp

    I suggest paying a shop ~ £40 to do it for you.

    They will clone the the data from the old disk drive to the new one, so you don't have to reload Windows.

    Depending on the computer it may also need a disk manager program installed, in order for it to recognise drives larger than 8GB.

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    faevilangel;5049289

    it is possible once the drivers for the usb ports are set up and then the … it is possible once the drivers for the usb ports are set up and then the drivers for the device..... it should be plug and play on xp



    Thats good news. Couldnt stand the idea of cabling from the bedroom down to the living room, its so far.

    The only other problem I have is how to get my photos and docs from the 4gb hard drive before removing it, i assume thats a case of putting it all onto cds.

    kidcat;5049717

    Thats good news. Couldnt stand the idea of cabling from the bedroom down … Thats good news. Couldnt stand the idea of cabling from the bedroom down to the living room, its so far. The only other problem I have is how to get my photos and docs from the 4gb hard drive before removing it, i assume thats a case of putting it all onto cds.



    you have numerous choices here...
    1... burn to cd / dvd
    2... move to an external hd...
    3... store them online (photobucket etc 250 max on pb)
    4.. move them to another pc / laptop by networking them (plug in network cable between them)
    5...clone the present hd and move it to the 80GB (slightly more technical than the others)

    Original Poster

    Brilliant, just realised I got a 2GB memory stick I can throw it all onto, after all on a 4GB HD there cant be that much stuff I want to keep most of it will be OS. Thanks so much
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