Laptop hard drive switch over

By daveymcl
Nov 28, 2007
  1. I recently purchased a 120GB Western Digital Scorpio WD1200VE Hard Drisk Drive to upgrade my Toshiba Portege M200, however i think im going to find it difficult to replace because it has no floppy disk drive and looking about the internet I see you may need one to format the new hard drive. I have two external DVD drives, Philips DVD ReWriter 16x and a Toshiba External Slimline CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive.

    any suggestions to what I should do?

    Cheers in advance
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Will the laptop boot from the external CD ROM's? If so, you're ok
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You could connect both of the hard drives to a desktop computer and clone the contents so you don't have to reinstall anything..
  4. daveymcl

    daveymcl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i bought a toshiba dvd drive so that i could boot from an external drive, but it wont work, so i think i might buy an upgrade kit and clone me hard drive
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    just clone the drive. No floppy necessary.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    "Won't work" means what? It doesn't necessarily have to work out of the box. Read your laptop manual. You may have to enable booting from USB devices or optical devices in BIOS. Also, you may have to press a key at startup to get a boot menu that lets you choose the DVD drive to boot.
  7. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    Nodsu, this laptop with "natural toshiba's bios" doesn't support booting from USB devices. only dock station will helps, or special removable DVD drive from toshiba.
  8. daveymcl

    daveymcl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i bought a toshiba dvd drive thinking it would work but it didnt lol i read somewhere that it was compatible but I haven't had any joy yet :(

    im going to just clone the drive, and use the old one as backup.
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