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This section only pertains to hard drives. If you are concerned about any of the steps please feel free to contact me prior to attempting any of these installation steps.  

Please read the Hardware Issues section before attempting to do any of the following.  

Hard Drive Manufacturers:

Installing an older hard drive:

This is a pretty easy process it involves the following: (Hand-me down drives)

  • Open  up  your computer
  • Remove the screws which hold your hard drive in place
  • Remove the power and IDE cables from old hard drive and connect them to the new hard drive.
  • Replace the hard drive in its original spot and replace the screws.
  • Close the computer up
  • Reboot your system.  (with the installation disk inside)


Now you will need that CD that came with the hard drive:

1.        Place the cd into the cd-rom drive.

2.        You might need to reboot the system.

3.        Then follow the on screen instructions.

4.        If you don’t know the answer to a question the program is asking just click "next" usually the program is set to a default setting.

5.        At the end it should ask for your Windows CD or Restore Disks place it in the drive and continue to follow the on screen directions.

6.        At the end it should reboot and begin installing windows. 

7.        When that is done you should reboot your system several times. This will insure that Windows is able to locate and install all your hardware components.

Now you can connect your additional hardware:

1.      Make sure you read the instructions. 

2.      Some hardware requires you to setup (CD) the program first before attaching the device.

  •   Windows 95, 98, and ME are complete (remember if you are wanting to install 98 or Me you must have the Windows 95 version). 
If you installed Windows Xp you still have a couple more steps:
  •   Make sure all your hardware is working. (no error messages)
  •   Then create a restore point.

1.      Go to Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, then System tools, then System Restore.

2.      Create a Restore Point.

3.      Follow the on-screen prompts.

4.      Then exit the program.

 Note:  Only systems with restore disks will require a program to transfer all the original data to your new hard drive.  Almost all new hard drives have programs which allow this process to be a pretty painless one. You can get free info at  Microsoft support.  

Note:  Restore points will not always fix your problems.  Sometimes you may try a couple of restore dates and discover that the system really can't go back.  Best advice is that you always create backups of any vital, you can't do without, files.  Then it will be possible to just restore your hard drive and start fresh. 


If you have an original Windows operating disk you will be able to use it from the dos prompt.  You may require a boot disk.  This can be obtained through your windows version by clicking

Click Start, click Settings, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click Add/Remove Programs.

Click the Start-up Disk tab.

Click Create Disk.

Each system is different so these steps are the normal computer.  Some computers may have safety features to protect your system.  Please check with your manufacturer or ask your sales representative for the installation procedure.

As always if your not sure let a tech install this new item.