How do I put a new HDD (winchester, storage, hard drive) in my laptop?

HDD replacement – HDD mounting frame – new HDD – HDD data backup – hard disk replacement
Does your laptop indicate an error? Can’t find the system when I turn on my laptop? Are weird clicking sounds coming from the laptop?

1. It’s time to think about whether your data is adequately secure on your laptop’s hard drive (none) if you experience the above symptoms.

You are sure that the operating system is installed on your machine. If the system does not find the system when it is turned on, it actually means that the hard disk containing the system cannot be seen.

The laptop itself does not contain too many moving parts to make a sound:

– there is a CD drive, but it has sound during use;

– you have a fan, this is rarely a problem, but if you do, overheating components (such as a processor) are more at risk than your data;

– and there is a hard drive that contains moving parts.

It is best to back up your data regularly. If the above errors occur simultaneously and more frequently, delaying the replacement of the hard disk can easily lead to complete data loss.

There is already a literature on the clicking of the hard disk, it is called the click of the death.


2. You need to decide how to use the existing places. If you have an older laptop, it currently has a hard drive and an optical drive (CD / DVD writer / reader).

If this is the case for you, you can choose to

(a) the optical drive remains in the machine and the existing hard disk is replaced by the new HDD, or

b) you remove the CD burner from the machine permanently, it is replaced by a new hard disk for data, and the existing hard disk that is about to die is replaced by a new SDD drive.

In my case, the DVD burner was already unusable, it was faulty, I had already bought an external USB DVD burner, but there was still a faulty DVD burner in the machine.

So it was a relatively easy decision that a DVD burner should go, so I choose solution b).

Before making a decision, it’s worth considering that in the original configuration, the hard drive is built in via a SATA3 connector, but DVD writers have often only been given a SATA2 connector. In this worst case scenario, in version b), the fast SSD containing the system will be on a SATA3 connection, while the new hard drive containing the data may only receive a SATA2 connection.

The SATA2 has a transfer rate of 300 MB / s and the new disk has a read and write speed of 105/102 MB / s. This means that if the DVD writer may have a SATA2 connection, the connection will not be a bottleneck when replaced with a hard drive, as the read and write speeds of the hard drive are approx. one third of the accession.

If you buy a more expensive hard drive, it will also have a read / write speed of about 140/120 MB / s, so the connection speed will not be a limit either.

If the DVD burner already has a SATA3 connection, this problem will not occur.

Because of the above, you don’t run a big risk if you put the new hard drive in place of the optical drive.


3. What optical drive is in your machine?

To be able to stably insert the new HDD into your laptop, you will need an HDD mounting bracket. The prices of these are approx. They range from HUF 1,500 to HUF 5,000.

It looks like this:

The mounting brackets all have a SATA3 connection, so there will be no problem with whether SATA3 or SATA2 is in the laptop with the DVD reader.

However, the mounting frames are manufactured in two heights, one is the 12.7 mm high frame and the other size is 9.5 mm high.

The two types of frames know the same thing. In essence, you need to determine what size frame goes into your machine. This, in turn, depends on the size of the optical limiter you take out, as they are manufactured in the same two sizes (12.7 mm or 9.5 mm in height).

First, look on the Internet for the specifications of your laptop to see if you can find out what type of optical drive it has.

If you have this, we will also check the height of the drive and remove the back of the laptop before ordering.

Turn off the laptop with the “Stop” button and wait until the HDD also shuts down, the machine will shut down.

Disconnect the charging cable from the machine and close the screen.

Turn the laptop over and remove the battery. In most cases, this is secured to the machine by some locking solution, but you may need to screw it. Use an instrument screwdriver set, because here you will have to work with small screws.

If the battery is down, look around the back cover. Look for a screw on the edge of the laptop for approx. 12 to 13 centimeters from the optical drive.

If you don’t see such a screw, it will be under the back cover, so you need to remove the back cover first. You can also secure the back cover with a few screws, locate them, and loosen them. Sometimes these screws are in the battery cover, see that part as well.

If the screws are out, try to gently move the part of the back cover that wants to move and watch where it can move. Slide the back cover in that direction. Don’t tense, they’re not snap-in, they can be removed by sliding.

If the back cover is also down, look for the screw that secures the DVD burner in place, about 12 to 13 inches from the edge of the laptop. If you have loosened it, do not drop the screw into the machine!

Use a screwdriver to move the optical drive slightly outward. Once you’ve moved out of place, you can grab it from the outside and pull it out.

Look at the labels on the removed DVD reader, take a photo, or measure the height of the drive with a caliper.

Find the type of optical drive by part number. In the technical description you will find the height of the drive (height 12.7 or 9.5 mm).

Once this is done, as described above, the optical drive can be reinstalled or even removed. In this case, remove both the captive screw and the optical drive.


4. Select mounting frame

Since you have the exact size, you can’t make a big mistake here. Make sure the frame has a SATA3 connector and order at the correct height. If you can and there is an offer, it is worth choosing from the products of well-known brands.


5. Select HDD

Of course, choose a 2.5 ” hard drive with the right capacity.

It should be at least 1 TB (1000 GB), but if it’s your main machine, I recommend 2 TB of storage. 2-3 years and the applied file sizes will jump, photos, videos. It’s not good to constantly pay attention to how much space you have.

Depending on your financial capabilities, if you can, choose a faster hard drive. In practice, this means higher read and write speeds (mostly at higher speeds).

Also, if you can, choose a reliable branded product. They don’t cost much more, but at least the person sleeps more peacefully.


6. Install the new HDD

Remove the optical drive from the slot as described in step 3. There should be a small screw to secure the reader, this will also be needed to secure the mounting frame.

Expand the mounting frame, being careful of the screws provided.

Also expand the new hard disk. Notice how the SATA3 connectors stand on the mounting frame. Accordingly, rotate the hard drive into place, the SATA3 connectors can only slide together in one way, so you can’t frame the hard drive badly.

So you insert the HDD into the frame according to the position of the connectors, and then slide the hard disk onto the connectors on the frame. Occasionally make sure that the preparation required for the six mounting screws at the bottom of the frame is in place.

The HDD is in place when approx. It is slid 3-4 millimeters onto the frame connector, and the holes for the mounting screws have also overlapped.

Screw the six captive screws into place, if present, and gently tighten them to keep the HDD stable in the frame.

There is a small metal mounting tab on the side of the optical drive that is screwed into place. Remove this from the optical drive and reassemble it to the mounting bracket. Tighten the screw with feeling, but do not tear it because the thread will run.

Then slide the mounting bracket into place on the optical drive. There is only one way to do it, try it the way the original was.

When the frame is in place, turn the laptop over to see the location of the back cover. As the frame snaps into place, the locations of the captive screw overlap, you can screw in the captive screw.

Then replace the back cover, and replace the battery and connect the charging cable.


7. Install a new hard drive

Turn on the laptop. The operating system must detect the new hard disk.

Press the windows button and type “Partitions” in the search box that appears and click the “Create and format partitions on your hard disk” link in the list that appears.

Be careful here not to format the disc you have used so far!

In the Disk Management window, locate the new disk. If it differs in capacity from the old one, then it is clear. Format the new disk with the offered settings.


8. Back up data to the new disk

Since we did it all because of the old hard drive that introduced the “click to death” phenomenon, don’t forget to move all the data to the new drive. You do not need to copy the system, but do not forget about the data stored in the system folders. Eg Desktop, Downloads, Documents, etc.


9. Reassemble the cover plate

There is a plastic cover on the side of the removed DVD burner, which has made the placement of the reader in the laptop more aesthetic. Carefully peel off this cover plate from the reader.

Observe the position of the part and try to snap it onto the mounting frame in the same position. It can only be fixed in one way and the nape plate can be adjusted very slightly.

So from the outside, it’s like having a reader in the machine, but of course the mounting frame can no longer be removed at the touch of a button.

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