Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

By ynotbme
Feb 12, 2012
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  1. I have a Dell Vostro 200. It has a hatachi 80 GB harddrive. It has no OS installed. I want to switch it with a 1TB hard Drive. 1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate. And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start? Oh, I don't believe it has ever been used. It was supposed to be a vista...yuck!
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,067   +1,180

    Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.
    That would be the idea if you have it set to boot from disk in the system BIOS. The CD/DVD must have first priority over the HDD to boot.
  3. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Forget the brand names. Get the best you can afford, based on reviews, or support in your area.
    You should set your SATA cables so that the new drive is on cable 00 (1),
    Then boot to your Wiondows XP Pro install disk, and let it setup your computer on the ndw drive.

    When that is done, reboot, and install all the drivers for your various components, then reboot and see what you have going properly.


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