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  1. #11


    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    For installing a new HDD, most Notebooks have a small panel on the bottom that can be removed to access the HDD for changing, my Acer Aspire is one of those. The panel is quite similar to the one for changing RAM/Random Access Memory modules. Some Notebooks have a cartridge-like holder for the HDD that removes from one edge. The most daunting is a Dell Inspiron, have to remove a number of screws to get the keyboard off then there's a metal panel with a larger number of screws to remove to get at the HDD. Just be careful and take your time. Check with Acer, may have a how-to manual. Also check with YouTube, may find a video with the how-to.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 for all


    Tried everything, Even the Windows 10 Tech demo, all with the same outcome.


    The windows logo and the spinny thing spins, and it proceeds to a black screen. I've left it for at least 2 hours. Nothing worked. Please help!
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My ASUS was easy peasy. Three screws to remove the drive access cover. My wife's Acer, not so much. I had to take the whole bottom off, about 20 screws. Keep track of what screw went where. If they are different lengths, putting the wrong screw in the wrong hole can damage something. Now would be a good time to invest in an SSD. If that PC came with Windows 8.0 or 8.1, the OEM product code is embedded in the BIOS.
    This install media will read it out automatically. Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. You just have to download and install the correct version. If you install the wrong version you'll be prompted to enter a key.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 for all


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by claw106 View Post
    And I have looked all around my BIOS, cannot find anything called Secure Boot,

    I have swapped to UEFI, nothing seems to boot. But switching to legacy does it all.
    Any OS will install in legacy. With UEFI you need 8.0, 8.1 or 10.

    Booting into UEFI does not detect by USB, heres what it says [In order]


    USB HDD: Blank, Top Priority for Boot
    Windows Boot Manager
    USB FDD
    Network Boot - IPV4
    USB CDROM
    Network Boot - IPV6


    Now it's showing me Secure Boot, do I disable it?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 for all


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by claw106 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    What was the issue with Linux not installing? If that PC has UEFI, you'll need to turn off secure boot to boot to Linux, and Windows 7.
    Kept coming up with two errors,

    Sometimes it was fsync input output /dev/sdb error

    Sometimes it was error reading /dev/sdb2

    That means corrupt partitions, right?
    Depends on where it was reading from, the install media or the hard drive?
    I'm unsure, I guess it was reading from the USB because I was booting a live version of Ubuntu. Does that mean the USB is corrupt to?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 for all


    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    For installing a new HDD, most Notebooks have a small panel on the bottom that can be removed to access the HDD for changing, my Acer Aspire is one of those. The panel is quite similar to the one for changing RAM/Random Access Memory modules. Some Notebooks have a cartridge-like holder for the HDD that removes from one edge. The most daunting is a Dell Inspiron, have to remove a number of screws to get the keyboard off then there's a metal panel with a larger number of screws to remove to get at the HDD. Just be careful and take your time. Check with Acer, may have a how-to manual. Also check with YouTube, may find a video with the how-to.

    As I said, i'm leaving SSD replacements until last.

    Hey, the laptop isn't but the hd could be under warrenty still, i'll check.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 for all


    Quote Originally Posted by claw106 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    For installing a new HDD, most Notebooks have a small panel on the bottom that can be removed to access the HDD for changing, my Acer Aspire is one of those. The panel is quite similar to the one for changing RAM/Random Access Memory modules. Some Notebooks have a cartridge-like holder for the HDD that removes from one edge. The most daunting is a Dell Inspiron, have to remove a number of screws to get the keyboard off then there's a metal panel with a larger number of screws to remove to get at the HDD. Just be careful and take your time. Check with Acer, may have a how-to manual. Also check with YouTube, may find a video with the how-to.

    As I said, i'm leaving SSD replacements until last.

    Hey, the laptop isn't but the hd could be under warrenty still, i'll check.

    Nope.
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  8. #18


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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  9. #19


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 for all



    I've tried it, but when I boot it the Windows logo and the spinny thing shows, then like 5 seconds later it goes to a Black Screen, it stays like that for ever. I've left it for an hour, nothing.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by claw106 View Post
    And I have looked all around my BIOS, cannot find anything called Secure Boot,

    I have swapped to UEFI, nothing seems to boot. But switching to legacy does it all.
    Any OS will install in legacy. With UEFI you need 8.0, 8.1 or 10.
    7 SP1 will install UEFI too.
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