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Can I use this hard drive for my computer? Answered

Hi, Im in the process of fixing my computer tower and I have found the fault. My Hard drive has become corrupted so I am buying another. My original hard drive is a Western Digital caviar blue 500gb, however whilst looking I found WD do another caviar blue drive that is 1Tb. I wanted to know if I could buy the 1Tb one instead of the 500gb and if it would work :) p.s I have not changed any of my computers hard ware, I have only removed the corrupted hard drive.

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seandogue

Best Answer 4 years ago

If you're running in XP or better and the computer has the appropriate controller (SATA, IDE, SCSI, etc.) for operating the drive, yes. I've done much the same.

BTW, you may be able to recover some of the files form the original drive. Sometimes they get corrupted so they can no longer boot to OS, ie, OS critical files irrecoverably damaged, but your working data (that book you're working on, the 150 music files you composed tediously by mouse click, the masterpiece you drew using photoshop or whatever, your high score on Rogue, your collection of MP3s, configuration and ini files for various programs you use, etc.) can be copied from the drive to a new one. Just FYI... if still accessible (once a replacement drive is being used as the master) it can save you considerable time in system rebuild efforts

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Boba Jettseandogue

Answer 4 years ago

Hi, my drive is so corrupted it doesnt boot windows up and instead comes up with the set up settings (white writing black screen). So im gonna have to get a copy of Vista and reinstall it onto the 1Tb drive and start from scratch

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VygerBoba Jett

Answer 4 years ago

Don't bother with Vista. Get a copy of Win 7 OEM.

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Boba JettVyger

Answer 4 years ago

Hi, windows 7 is too expensive for what im using the computer for. Im using it for games and all my games run of vista and older so its cheaper just to get vista for £5 rather than Windows 7 for £109

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Vyger

4 years ago

The BIOS of the computer are designed to identify a wide array of hard drives so the system will automatically adapt. As far as size, again the hardware will figure that out. The exception might be for drives 3 Terabytes and up. Those will depend on the age of the motherboard. But the drive you are talking about will work just fine. And by the way newer drives have a faster interface but they are backward compatible. What that means is if you plug a new faster drive in it will still work fine but it will work at the lower speed of the motherboard.

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mh76dk

4 years ago

As long as the connector is the same you should have no trouble (I'm a bit older, perhaps everything is SATA these days ;-)