You'll need to replace the hard drive in your PC for one of two reasons - either your current drive has experienced a hardware failure and needs replaced or you want to upgrade your primary hard drive for increased speed or capacity.
Replacing a hard drive is a relatively easy task that anyone can complete with a little help. In other words, don't worry - you can do this!
Note: If you're looking to simply add hard drive capacity to your PC, consider installing a second hard drive in your computer. However, if you need more space on your primary hard drive, you'll need to replace it with a larger drive.
The specific steps necessary to replace a hard drive differ depending on the type of hard drive you're replacing.
Below are links to illustrated guides that will walk you through the hard drive replacement process:
- How To Replace an SATA Hard Drive
- How To Replace a PATA Hard Drive
- How To Replace a Laptop Hard Drive
Important: Are you replacing your primary hard drive that the operating system is installed on? If so, I highly recommend that you start fresh on your new hard drive with a new installation of Windows verses copying the entire contents of the old drive to the new one.
A fresh install of Windows will avoid any problems of data corruption or other software related issues that might have been present on your original hard drive.