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HDD exchange to new PC

2013-10-02, 0:50 AM

I have a similar issue. The motherboard on my lenovo 3000 n200 finally failed after 6 years of abuse, and rather than replace the motherboard, i was advised that since the laptop was so old, it would make just as much sense to simply replace the laptop and swap the HDD. For sentimental reasons etc, i would like to swap it into another 3000 n200. The replacement i have my eye on is listed as type 0769-AKU, and my laptop is type 0769-AUU. I have never tried anything like this before and I'm a beginner when it comes to the technical aspects of computing. will the old HDD be compatible in the new laptop despite the difference in type? what other compatibilty issues should i be looking out for? and if they are compatible, once i drop in the old HDD to the new laptop, what steps will i have to take in order to get the new setup into 100% functionality?

 

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Re: HDD exchange to new PC

2013-10-02, 11:53 AM

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The replacement i have my eye on is listed as type 0769-AKU, and my laptop is type 0769-AUU. I have never tried anything like this before and I'm a beginner when it comes to the technical aspects of computing. will the old HDD be compatible in the new laptop despite the difference in type? what other compatibilty issues should i be looking out for? and if they are compatible, once i drop in the old HDD to the new laptop, what steps will i have to take in order to get the new setup into 100% functionality?


The two systems are very similar. The differences are minor, e.g. CPU speed, base HDD size, etc. There should be no problem with swapping HDDs.

 

As I said above, once you've swapped drives and rebooted, run ThinkVantage System Update to update drivers for those differences.

 

As a bonus, if the new system has an empty RAM slot then you should be able to put the RAM from the old system into it in order to increase total RAM.

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Re: HDD exchange to new PC

2013-10-02, 12:24 PM
Unless you are using Windows XP, you would also have to reactivate the OS too. As such you should have your Windows Vista (Win 7 wasn't available on the N200) serial number ready (found on the authenticity sticker on the laptop).
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Re: HDD exchange to new PC

2013-10-03, 2:13 AM

thanks! i will run ThinkVantage system update as soon as i have the new laptop in my possession!

 

I am using windows XP, would this mean that i wouldnt have to reactivate the OS?

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Re: HDD exchange to new PC

2013-10-03, 2:22 AM
For XP you don't need to re-activate.
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