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replacing a laptop hard drive? Answered

hello boys and girls,
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


As a general rule, googling questions like this is the best way forward. It looks like replacing the Compaq Presario F700 is very straight forward (see here).

Yes, you can fix your own hard drive. I fixed my hard drive when it failed and it was literally 5 minutes. Just get the spare part number and purchase online. I purchased mine a while back from CPU Medics. If you dont know the part number, they should be able to let you know, the link is here:

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Replacement Hard Drives

Also, yes you can used a burned restore disc to install the original contents again. It would also be a good idea to make a few copies of that disc in case you lose of break one.

thanks for the reply but i already replaced it like last year.

Assuming you can make a recovery/restore disk set you should be able to re-install with no problem.
Have you checked out the Compaq or Hewlett Packard web site?


If you find your model there look under "Manuals" & there should be full instructions on how to create a disk set, replace the drive & re-install back to factory spec.
If you look on the label on the bottom of your machine you may find that there is a more specific model number or a tag/serial number you can use to look up the manuals for your particular machine.

1) BACK UP THE HDD NOW. not later, NOW.
2) you must replace the drive. There is no fix for a faulty drive - it will get worse until it dies completely.
3) physically installing it is half the battle, reinstalling windoze is the other half which, if you have the installation key and a legit cd, isn't hard. If you lack installation media (Since you have a recovery parition, I doubt you have a disc) you may be in trouble.


7 years ago

Look on the back of your laptop, there should be a removable door or panel that covers the hard drive. I don't know for sure about your particular laptop but most are snap-in, snap-out units, others will have a small retainer holding it in place. You will have to re-install the OS and any programs, either from the installation CDs or from an external storage device.