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hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX need to know if i can replace the hard

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hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX need to know if i can replace the hard drive and how to go about installing the hard drive.

Operating System
Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 2.00GHz 42 °C
Conroe 65nm Technology
4.00GB DDR2
MSI 0A90 (Socket 775) 27 °C
HP w1907 ([email protected])
Intel 946GZ Express Chipset Family (MSI)
Hard Drives
149GB Seagate ST3160815AS ATA Device (SATA) 30 °C
Optical Drives
High Definition Audio Device.
Hello Angel my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be happy to assist you.

Yes you should for sure be able to replace the drive. You had asked how to install a drive and to tell you this I need some more information.

First let me know the make and model of computer that this is or if it is custom built.

Please let me know so I can further assist.
Thank you,
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

hp compaq dx2300 microtower. came with window xp then i installed windows 7 professional, it's a 32 bit computer.


HP has actually put together a great little video to show you how to remove the old drive and install the new.

Have a look at the video here:

Also you are going to want to read through the instructions as well here:

Even if you have never done it before it is not that difficult just take your time.

Now for a new hard drive you need to get a SATA hard drive.

From what you told me above you have a 149GB so I would imagine you would want something bigger and faster.

The larger the drive size the more expensive the drive will be. Here is a a great 500GB drive for $59.99

You can shop around just make sure you get a SATA drive 3.5 inch, the 2.5 or mobile are going to be for laptops.

There are two things when it comes to buying drives, storage space and access speed. For example the drive I linked you above was 7200RPM so if you went for a drive that is 10,000 RPM the drive will be able to access data faster.

I would get a drive from either or as they both have great selections and great prices.

Remember after you install the new drive you will need to install windows so you will need an installation disc that you can boot from to get that going.

If you need further help please do not hesitate to reply back and let me know.

Thank You
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