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Well, that was relatively painless...

The hard drive on my tablet PC has been throwing up bad block errors and making strange clicking noises for a while. Those aren't good signs...

It all meant one thing: time for a new drive.

Notebook hard drives have been both notoriously hard to fit and notoriously expensive. That's a set of myths I'm happy to blow away. Not only did a 100GB Seagate drive (with all the anti-shock features you want in a laptop) cost around £50 with postage, it slotted into the notebook with ease. One crew to undo the drive bay, another four for the carrier. One thing to note - it pays to shop around a bit for drives. Some of the usual suspects have limited (and expensive) stock. I ended up at an old favourite, RL Supplies, who got me the drive in just over 24 hours from placing the order.

I didn't bother imaging the old disk. For one thing, I use my notebook as a local cache of files I keep on the server, and for another, Toshiba had just come out with a set of Vista drivers for my machine. That meant there was no need to hack together a system using Toshiba's drivers for the related M400, and no more downloading hacked versions of the Nvidia video drivers.

So I just went for a completely fresh install. I plugged in the portable DVD drive, and pulled out my MSDN disks. Everything went on in a couple of hours, including Office, and the machine has just finished happily snarfling data off the server.

Next, I need to install some of my usual applications. Firefox first, then Semagic and the Flickr Uploadr. And that should just be about it. I can't think of anything else that I really need on the road. Well, apart from Geometry Wars...

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rdmaughan
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
One crew to undo the drive bay, another four for the carrier.

Do you have to pay the crew? Five crews would seem rather expensive.
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