January 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm #167828EIcojoMember
NP305U New Harddrive & W7 Ultimate
After 3 years of not really great screen resolution on my NC10, especially watching movies(which I do a lot of when away with business), I have just now decided to upgrade to a brand new Sammy 305U (W 7 Home Premium, 64 Bit), which I managed to source on fleaBay, and where I will be picking it up next week.
I’ve also decided to ditch the 350GB, 5400rpm HD that comes with it and have also purchased a (2nd hand) Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB,Internal,7200 RPM Solid State Hybrid Drive, and will also be getting Windows 7 Ultimate, to end with hopefully a cracking netbook.
However, As a novice, I’m a bit unsure as to how to go about installing a brand new OS onto a formatted HD which I hope to exchange directly with the existing HD, before even switching the Sammy on for the first time.
For example, can the Sammy boot from one of its USB ports so that it is just a case of removing existing HD, plonking the new HD in, and then changing BIOS to boot from that USB port (where I will connect my external DVD drive with the W7 ultimate Disk in already) in order to install W7 Ultimate, or is this not possible?
Is the alternative possibility to start the new Sammy and do all the bits and bobs it requires to get it up and running, and then Clone the existing HD onto the new HD (I will get a caddy if this is the only option), then swap the cloned Seagate with the Sammy HD, where hopefully the Sammy will start without problem with the faster HD and existing OS, but I’m still left with the problem of installing (preferably a clean install) of W7 Ultimate.
Furthermore, my Desktop is still on WXP which is incompatible with 64Bit W7 Ultimate, so I cant really do anything from the desktop as it wont recognise the 64bit OS.
I know the 305U is just released and to start messing about immediately is foolhardy, but I would really like the faster HD and W7 Ultimate on it.
Anyone with similar experience with other Sammy netbooks can offer advice?January 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #220980sammyoneMember
The usual way to set up a new Hard Drive for a Laptop, is to download and use Partition manager from here…
attach your ‘new hdd’ externally, (in an USB enclosure).
Run PM and delete any partitions on ‘new drive’ (leave it ALL unallocated)
You choose what to do – THEN you APPLY the changes… (Tick/Apply on the Icon row)
On your existing Laptop HDD – click on each partition in turn (Recovery, System, C drive and D drive (if you have one))
using Recovery as example…
a. right click it and choose ‘copy partition’
b. choose unallocated space on ‘new drive’ and click APPLY…
PM will make an exact copy of the recovery partition on your new drive…
REPEAT a. and b. for each partition on you Laptops drive (System, C drive and D drive (if you have one))
Lastly – right click the copied C drive (on your ‘new’ HDD) and choose ‘Make Active’
OK now swap New for Old HDD’s and you are ready to rumble…
If for some strange reason it gives you a hal missing error… set laptop to boot from External CD and using the Windows 7 Install disk, do a start up repair – it will correct the files that need sorting out and allow y9u to start up Windows…
If you really insist on installing Windows 7 Ultimate…
you do not need to do that at all…
Just swap over the two HDDs and changing BIOS to boot from external DVD drive with the W7 ultimate Disk and install it.
However – you will loose the Recovery partition.. and NOT be able to return the Laptop to ‘Just bought’ conditions if you ever decide to sell it on…January 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm #220981EIcojoMember
2nd option is the one I will probably go for, but I intend to keep the removed HD safe, which will be in its factory state anyway, assuming I swap Hd straight out of the box without ever switching the sammy on (if I can bear to do this!), so if I decide to sell at it some later date, all i would have to do is to swap the HD’s back again, putting origional (and unused) Hd back in for a ‘almost new’ laptop.
Still keen on W7 ultimate, as the 4Gb ram on the 305U, on a 64 Bit OS, should give me full functionality (unlike my present NC10), especially the Aero feature which i like (i do like my gadgets).
I just wondered if I could do it with reference to bootable USB sockets, i.e which one of the 3 would be bootable with an external DVD caddy, to at startup.
JonSeptember 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm #220982michto12Member
Have you succedeed to replaceyour disk ?
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