All of your computer data are actually stored on the computer hard drive. Hence, if the drive fails, both your computer and your data will suffer. In this article, we will look at this issue and teach you to properly replace your computer hard drive.
It is inevitable that your computer hard drive will fail gradually over time. And at times, your incorrect operations may speed up its degradation. In such cases, in order to prevent your computer from malfunctioning and protect your data, you will need to replace the failing computer hard drive. In addition, perhaps you’re using a traditional hard disk drive and now you want to upgrade it to a solid state drive, which is able to greatly improve your computer performance. Regardless of the concrete reasons for replacing the computer drive, it may be complex for the novices. Therefore, here we will introduce you 5 essential steps in this process.
Step 1: Back Up All Data on the Original Drive
In the first place, you should back up all your data stored on the original data to another external data storage device in that you will need to recover the data to a new hard drive after upgrading. Thereby, a backup is highly needed, which will contribute a lot to data recovery. For example, as long as you back up your PST files, you’ll be able to swiftly recover Outlook PST data from the backups to the new drive.
Step 2: Create an Image for the Original Drive
Aside from backups, cloning your original drive is also a significant preparation. It is because that you cannot absolutely guarantee that you won’t make any faults in the procedure. In this scenario, it is advisable to make an image for the original drive. It will help a lot if your faulty operations destroy the drive. You still can get the information about the original drive from the image file even though it has failed thoroughly,
Step 3: Select a New Drive
Next step must to select a new hard drive. The most critical factor that you ought to take into consideration is the physical size of the new drive. You should choose a drive in the proper physical size which is appropriate to your computer. Except the size, the thickness of the new drive is important, too. In a nutshell, you should confirm that the new drive is compatible with your computer, no matter in terms of the shape, configurations or the properties.
Step 4: Make Preparations for Installations
After you’ve hold an image, a data backup and a new drive, you should also make some other preparations. Firstly, you’d better visit your computer manufacturer’s official website and download all the up-to-date drivers. Then if you don’t intend to use the old hard drive as a backup drive, you should wipe the drive in advance. Lastly, you should get the product keys of all your software and operating system.
Step 5: Install the New Drive
Actually the foresaid 4 steps are entirely preparations. After finishing all of them, you can begin to replace the old hard drive with the new drive. First of all, power off your computer. Of course, before opening the case, please refer to the manuals or consult with the manufacturers to figure out how to get access to your drive compartment. After that, you should carefully loosen the screws and gently open the panel. In an instance of laptops, there is an individual panel for the drive bay. Therefore, you should locate and open it. Next loosen the mounting screws on the drive and gently remove the assembly. Subsequently, swap the old drive out and place the new one. Finally, secure all the screws in their original configurations and replace the panel. All in all, please keep gentle all the time! To be honest, you’d better seek some expert assistance in this course.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair corrupt SQL file and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com