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    Hard Drive Maker Utility

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    Is there a software utility that would be able to tell me:

    1) Hard Drive Maker
    2) Hard Drive Model
    3) Hard Drive Settings such as Heads/ Cynilders/ Tracks and Sectors, you know the stuff that the BIOS needs to recognize the Hard Drive.

    I am about to upgrade my laptop hard drive, and I don't want to ask the laptop maker about it because they may void the warranty. So I am trying to find the same brand and the same maker only more room on it.

    Thanks In Advance.

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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

    You ought to be able to buy the "best for you" 2.5" drive for your laptop, regardless of brand. Of course, you'll also have to do some "assembly" to get it into whatever cradling your machine uses. If you're going to take a chance with a warranty problem, you might as well find the drive you like the best. But, as to your question - the Device Manager listing should tell you at least the brand/model you currently have. From there, if you really need to know the specs, you might have to download the diagnostic utility from the drive manufacturer, if you aren't ready to take it apart and LOOK on the drive markings. Belarc Advisor will tell you some stuff about your drives too, but I don't think it lists such things as heads/cylinders/sectors.

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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

    You should be able to find such info at the web site of the disk drive manufacturer.

    Also, the laptop maker likely has info on the drive you currently have at its web site.

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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

    Usually that info is on a sticker right on the HD.

    Although if the Laptop is somewhat new, you should be able to set the BIOS to Auto and it will detect the HD automatically.

    Failing that Aida32 will give you quite a bit of information about your HD.
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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

    You could also try Belarc Advisor. Lots of info on your system..... (search for it)

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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

    The problem with Belarc Advisor is that it doesn't give a lot of info about the physical Hard Drive.

    Aida32 gives a bit more info, although Belarc does run faster. They are both useful to have.
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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

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    I will check this utility and get back to you on it.

    I have some issues that I am not too sure about, so if you don't mind:

    When I got my laptop, they gave me the CDs that I can recover if I need to. I think there is a program and an image of the drive as it was at the factory.

    One thing this does is partition the drive into a C and a D Drives, about 25% to 75%. Also it formats the drives to FAT32, vs NTFS which what I would prefer.

    If I change the drive will the software goof as to the new size of the drive?

    TIA

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    Re: Hard Drive Maker Utility

    If it is a restore disk, there may actually be a hidden partition on your laptop HD that the restore CD needs to work. If everything is on the CD, then you will probably end up with HD partitions that are exactly the same as what you are replacing.

    So let's say it's a 20 G right now and the restore CD makes a 5 G 'C' partition and a 15 G 'D' partition. Now you put in a 40 G HD and use the restore CD, you will more likely than not end up with a 5 G 'C' partition and a 15 G 'D' partition and 20 G of unpartitioned Hard Drive.

    I think you may want to contact you laptop manufacturer to see if the use a hidden partition for stuff, which would limit what you can do.
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