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Have you forcefully struck your laptop recently? I broke my laptop when I bumped the hard drive disk out of place. Still haven't bothered to fix it...

I broke my LCD screen when I got pissed and fucking punched the shit out of it. Luckily the Laptop never saw it coming and didn't close otherwise I would've looked ridiculous.

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You want to get files off it?

Make a Ubuntu live usb.

Get the Ubuntu ISO from here- http://www.ubuntu.com/

Get unetbootin from here - http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Make a USB flash drive a ubuntu live usb (it's reversable afterwards dont worry) with unetbootin. Its easy to do, then plug the USB into your laptop and on bootup when the OEM logo shows look for "Select device to boot from" or s/t like that. Press the button it says and select "Boot from USB". When it does that, select "Run Live CD" after it has loaded. Then use the file browser to try reclaim your porn. If it aint there that hard drive is dead pretty much and your files, short of being sent off for hundreds of dollar costing recovery are gone.

A new hard drive is cheap though.

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For replacing it?

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See where the Windows XP sticker is? The hard drive is underneath that bit of plastic. Locate the screws securing it and then you'll have access to the hard drive bay.

You should see something like this

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Generally these arent screwed in and instead a tab hangs off the top, grab that and pull it away from the connector then remove it from the computer.

Four screws on the side hold the hard drive in place, remove those and replace the hard drive in the caddy.

Then do this entire guide in reverse.

And next time don't bother with consumer class HP. They contain good components but because of the price generally have shitty build quality, hence why it crapped out after you whacked it.

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Oh that thing, I had that out yesterday thinking it might work if I take it out and put in (tehe)

This is my first computer, I got it at a computer store that advertised used laptops for $150, I didn't know enough to know it was crap from 2002

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So my HDD is a Fujitsu 40gb model mhv2040ah

So can I upgrade to a 60 http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=130820715948&index=0&nav=SEARCH&nid=38636768251 or 80gb http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=121039484414&index=1&nav=SEARCH&nid=38636768251 ?

And if I replace it do I need to install windows and a bunch of shit?

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Try this instead. Any 2.5 inch IDE hard drive will do so don't limit yourself to buying old stock. There'll be no warranty on it and theres bigger drives for cheaper instead.

http://www.ebuyer.com/132386-wd-250gb-blue-mobile-drive-wd2500beve

250gb WD for $89. Plenty of storage and it's new so theres warranty. I generally never buy used hard drives unless theres no other option (i.e. some obscure no longer manufactured form factor)

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You just need to reinstall windows. You'll obviously have to get the drivers off the website but it aint that difficult. Just make sure you have another way to access the internet when you've replaced it because XP (I presume you'll use that) generally doesn't have internet working out the box, you have to install drivers. But you're posting without your computer so you obviously have a way to access the net.

The bus on the drive makes it difficult to get a cheap one so you might well be better off buying a used one.

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OK.

A bus is the type of connector. In your case its IDE. IDE is old and hard drives produced using it cost a little more since mass production isn't as big, hence the price of new ones.

A driver allows you to use certain hardware in windows. On a laptop for example after just installing XP your wireless wont work without the wireless driver.

You NEED the XP CD.

and aslong as the hard drive is 2.5 inch and IDE it should be just fine.

And yes, its tells me the hard drive has crapped out.

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