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Old 01-29-2011, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Laptop Hard drive swap

I'm fixing a laptop that was getting a S.M.A.R.T error for the hard drive. I got a new HD and was planning on ghosting from the old one to the new one because it won't let me copy all the windows/program files off it. The new one is a WD Scorpio blue. I would assume i'd need to format the new one before ghosting. However when i use the USB adapter to connect it to the PC, i get the message that a mass storage device is detected and connected, however, it doesn't display in My Computer to access it. Any advice or recommendations would be really appreciated.


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Old 01-30-2011, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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connect the drive, go to run, type in diskmgmt.msc and see if it pops up there as unallocated space. if it does you should be able to format it and then it'll work like normal.

see if that works.

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That did it. Thanks for the help.
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