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Can a novice replace a hard drive in a Compaq Presario?

By danmantc · 11 replies
Sep 18, 2005
  1. My friend has a presario and the model is not really clear. 2300 he believes. Another guy has it and is trying to buy it off of him for only 250 so i told him that that would be senseless lets just get the hard drive replaced and i told him that i could do it. is there any certain ways that the company has made the replacement difficult? So that it must be done by them? I was told that Toshiba and Sony have made it so that there was some chord that could easily be torn if it was not done in a certain way. Aditionally how specific of a hard drive do i need to find, must it be model specific? and also, how hard is it to upgrade the RAM. If you are doing one you mind as well do the other right. I know this sounds like alot but i just really want to help him out. thanks hope to get a repy soon
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372

    It would be easier to help with the exact model number. The Compaqs Ive worked on werent too hard. With the onder ones the case lifts off the frame. And with Compaqs you have to get a file from Compaq and add it to the new hard drive or the Restore Disks wont work. Replacing the RAM is easy. Just make sure you know what kind it has- SDRAM or DDR RAM.
  3. Fred

    Fred TS Rookie

    I recenlty had to replace a hard drive on a Compaq, but make sure you have the install disks before you you buy anything. They put an image of the operation system on the hard drive but if the drive is dead you can't get to it. So if go and buy a new 80G hard drive at the store for $95 and install it, you'll find that you don't have an operating system to put on that hard drive. You can always buy the Compaq startup disks from Compaq if they didn't originally come with the system. One price I got was a little less than $25 to buy them which includes shipping, but it takes a week to get there if it's even in stock. If this is the case then you've already spent about $120 just getting this PC to boot so that cuts your profit almost in half. But if you go through with it I would get the exact same size hard drive that came with the system. If you got a smaller one the startup image disks might not install on it. I would also look on Newegg.com for better hard drive prices. Stores like Best Buy are not a best buy.
  4. sdpeavey

    sdpeavey TS Rookie

    New Hard Drive Troubles, PLEASE READ

    I just bought a replacement hard drive for my compaq preserio r3000. I put in the new h.d. and started to install windows. I keep getting an error that says " no hard drive found" I have checked three times to make sure that it is in correct. I checked the bios page, and it says no hd listed. ANY IDEAS??? PLEASE HELP
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    Hi sd,
    are you sure that the power connector you are using is live? can you feel the hard drive spin up when you power up? you should be able to feel some vibration as it powers on. if you cant, try a different power connector.
  6. sdpeavey

    sdpeavey TS Rookie

    i can feel it spinning....do you think i have to have the original cd or something to make this work? when i look at the bios hdd test, there is nothing. I thought i was missing bios drivers or something.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    is it just not seeing the HDD, or is it seeing unallocated space? you said you started to install windows, you know that you have to partition/format the drive before you can install windows right?
  8. sdpeavey

    sdpeavey TS Rookie

    Do What?

    I pull old hdd out, put new one in.
    Then what?

    What i did was put new one in and start computer.

    I guess I missed something. Everyone is saying that I have to have some disk from compaq? True?? help!, thanks
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    put the windows install disc in the drive
    shut down the computer and restart
    the install disc should ask you where you want to install and show you a list of disc space on your computer
    the new disc should be on the list as 'unallocated disc space'
    there will be an option to format the disc, you need to do this to be able to install the windows.
    most people just make the entire disc one big partition, unless you have a specific reason to format muliple partitions.
    you need to tell windows then where you want windows to be installed, choose the newly formatted disc partition you just created (probably C: drive)
    you can proceed with install of windows.
  10. sdpeavey

    sdpeavey TS Rookie

    ok, i did everything you said.
    when the pc starts, it loads the windows xp disk.
    then says welcome: enter to continue, R for repair, f3 to quit
    i hit enter (contnue)
    i get "set up sis not fing and hard disk drives installed in your computer" error.
    ---i know the hdd is in right. what am i missing?
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    Hmmmm. enter the bios, im not sure how its listed in your bios, but there should be a 'detect HDD' next to where all the ata sata drive ports are, see if it finds the drive. this is a brand new drive right? nothing on it and you have not formatted even correct?
  12. boonelakejunkie

    boonelakejunkie TS Rookie

    Compaq HDD Replacement

    I am also trying to replace my HDD in my Compaq Notebook. I get the same notice saying Windows cannot find any HDD installed on my computer. I put the old HDD back in, and tried to format the drive. Is says it cannot find a HDD for format. I tried installing windows over this, and it says it can't find an HDD installed. I have been told that Compaq is bad about putting "blinder" codes in the BIOS to hide the HDD from being overwritten. Is this true? I contacted Compaq, but of course my warranty is out, so they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg to help me. Is there a fix for this?
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