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Upgrading A Hard Drive

By tjsobieski ·
I have an older Compaq notebook that has a 80GB HD. I bought a 250GB HD to install on it. I had heard that the easiest way to do this was to install the new HD and do a clean installation of the OS (in this case Vista) I'd never done this before so I "practiced" on the old drive and it was fine. I installed the new drive and tried again and all I got was "system error, contact HP service" What am I doing wrong?

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Give more Details

by Mehul Bhai In reply to Upgrading A Hard Drive

Give us more details like model of laptop/notebook, The new HDD you purchased, etc., then only we, here, will be able to help you solve your problem.
Have you checked with HP or HP website (now that HP owns COMPAQ Brand) that does your old Compaq laptop/notebook supports 250GB HDD?
May be the laptop needs BIOS Update.
AND always post you Questions in The Questions Section and not in The Discussions Setction of the Forum for prompt reply and response.

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When do you get the error?

by NickNielsen In reply to Upgrading A Hard Drive

During system boot? Your new drive may not be compatible with the PC.

During Vista install? Use an actual Vista DVD and not the HP restore discs.

Please provide additional information for more in-depth assistance:

Notebook model
Installed RAM
HDD manufacturer
How you are installing Vista

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