Changing updating hard drive
If it isn’t, you can extend the current partition to cover the free space or create a new drive partition.
If you didn’t end up cloning your drive, this step will be irrelevant, as you’ll have to format and partition the new drive during the installation process of your operating system.
The larger is built for desktop systems, while the smaller is generally for laptops and compact desktops.
However, solid state hard drives often come in the 2.5″ size regardless of the type of machine they’re meant to be installed in.
You can, however, still clone your old drive to your new one.
This is possible by connecting your new drive to your PC with a USB-to-SATA cable or an external hard drive dock.
The picture below provides a comparison – the SATA drive is on the left and the IDE drive is on the right.
The process of installing a new hard drive is one of the least difficult hardware installation procedures around in terms of the physical effort required.
HD video, for example, can eat gigabytes for breakfast. The good news is that learning how to install a new hard drive isn’t difficult, so there is no need to be concerned about a hard drive that is nearly full.
Read on to find out how to install a new drive to replace an old one.
The power and data connections are built into the mount itself, so you don’t have to worry about tracking down the cables.
Please note that not all laptops are intended to be user serviceable in this way, so please read your laptop’s manual for information about hard drive replacement before proceeding.
Cloning a drive may take some time because of the bandwidth limitations of USB 2.0, but it will complete eventually.