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hey all 

i have a laptop that appears its hard drive is quitting.

if i replace the hard drive, i will need an operating system (right??).

the laptop didnt come with a disc, so i would have to buy something, or try out linux.

so what i was wondering is, what are the cons to using linux?

 

regarding my harddrive, the screen would shut off periodically and would pop back on if i moved the laptop or put some pressure on certain spots. i took it all apart, no loose wiring or cables. i isolated it to exactly the harddrive. wiggling the drive would cause the screen to turn off and on. wiggling is too strong a word, wasnt much movement needed. the slightest pressure would restoer the screen. so as time has gone on, the screen stays on less and less and i off more than on. pressing certain spots no longer helps.

 

hmm, i wonder, if i take the drive to a shop, could they extract the software and put it on the new drive. 

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Linux is great, but there is a learning curve to it - if you're using Windows (my assumption) you might find it difficult. 

If you have a Windows license then yes, you can transfer it to a new hard drive or laptop so that isn't an issue. 

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There are hard drive migration tools. I purchased an Intel SSD and there was "hold your hand" software that came with it.

A shop should have no issue migrating your drive.

If you have never used linux before, I do not recommend it. You can keep trying distributions until everything works but if something doesn't, you could be screwed, or the work around will be more effort than it's worth.

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43 minutes ago, BIG Mike said:

Linux is great, but there is a learning curve to it - if you're using Windows (my assumption) you might find it difficult. 

If you have a Windows license then yes, you can transfer it to a new hard drive or laptop so that isn't an issue. 

crap, i forgot about the license. hmm. my license key is worn so badly i cant read it. not sure if the manufacturer will tell me the key. damn.

the only sticker i could find with the key was on the bottom of the laptop. i assume theres no other location? but if i simply copy all the files to the new drive, wont my existing copy work?

 

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2 minutes ago, BIG Mike said:

Download and install this program to find your Product Key (License). Then save the key it to a USB stick...or write it down.

major geeks, i like major geeks. nice.

will look at that in a bit, i would need to install that on the laptop with the old drive in place, or can it be done after i swap the new and copy the files over?

 

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If you can copy everything (clone the drive) you won't need it, but assuming you do a clean install of Windows, you will need to enter the key. 

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are the hard drives fairly universal? like if my drive is a 3.5", then pretty much any 3.5" drive will work, or do i need to get the exact same model #? the connection is the main concern i guess.  i mean, even if it physically fits in the space, it still has to have the right connection, so maybe a better question is whether the connection in laptops is standard or varies from manufacturer to manufacturer?

 

edit: and if the original was hdd, will the connection accept ssd or would that be a different type of connection altogether?

thanks

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You can use any drive of the same size and it doesn't matter if it's SSD or not (although SSD would be better/faster). HDD connections all follow a standard, as do all computer components. 

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6 minutes ago, BIG Mike said:

You can use any drive of the same size and it doesn't matter if it's SSD or not (although SSD would be better/faster). HDD connections all follow a standard, as do all computer components. 

Great. This is what I was hoping for. 

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