replacing a laptop hard drive?
this weekend my trusty laptop had failed on me. After cursing up a storm and mashing every button possible i finally found the "restore" CDs of my laptop hd partion. I got it restored to factory fresh and was ready to rock and roll when i get an error yesterday stating that "SMART" has detected iminate drive failure or some crap like that. After searching i uploaded new firmware for the hd hopeing it would go away. It didn't. I ran a self test and it said bad Hard drive.
My question is as follows. How hard is it to replace a laptop hard drive (other than switching out drives), if I burn a copy of the restore CDs will it install windows on the new hard drive or do i have to send it to HP/ buy windows
At this point i am not worried about loosing any data (done did that twice already) just want a computer that doesnt pop that error message everytime i reboot.
My laptop is a Compaq Presario F700 and i had it for almost 3 yrs to the day