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Old 11-04-04, 03:53 PM
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Dell Inspiron owners: Can you upgrade the Hard Drive by yourself?

I want to upgrade my Dell Inspiron 600m's hard drive from 30 to 60 Gigs. I bought a new Toshiba 5400 RPM hard drive off Ebay that is guaranteed to be compatible with the 600m. Is this hard to do? I believe there is a compatment under my laptop where I have to take off the 30 Gig hard drive and install the 60 Gig. Basically, is that it? Once I install the new drive do I simple need to load the Dell restore CDs including the Windows XP that came with it?
Old 11-04-04, 04:36 PM
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Umm.. Since when did laptop's have special hard drives depending on brandname? A 2.5 inch drive is a 2.5 inch drive, man. Assuming you can open the thing and replace it, it should be a walk in the park on any laptop.
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Very easy

I have a 600m.....its very easy to swap hard drives.

On the left hand side, where the speaker and headphone jack is, youll see a little panel. Theres one screw underneath....unscrew it, and pull out...

Voila! The hard drive should come right out!
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So after I swap the drives, do I simply need to reload the Dell Windows XP CD that came with my Inspiron as well as the other Dell restore CDs?

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Yup. Simple as that.

It's been 17 hours since you last posted in this thread. Hope you got it all loaded by now.
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As stated it is very easy to do. But if you have any reservations head over to the Dell support site and do a search. Dell provides "technical" instructions for doing just about everything. I was having trouble with my bluetooth module on my 600m for the 2nd time. So I just decided to rip the damm thing out. However to do that you have remove the screen, keyboard wrist guard and touchpad. Dell had step by step instructions which allowed me to do all this in about 20 minutes. BTW, one of the 1st steps is to remove the battery, optical drive and HD.
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Will the dell restore cd work on a HD that is a differenct size?

For some reason I thought that some restore cd's would only restore the original hard drive structure... causing it to see any drive as the same size... or is this a farce?
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Originally posted by jasonr114
Will the dell restore cd work on a HD that is a differenct size?

For some reason I thought that some restore cd's would only restore the original hard drive structure... causing it to see any drive as the same size... or is this a farce?
It should see whatever you have available. The Dell recovery disk are not coded to size.
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Originally posted by Sdallnct
As stated it is very easy to do. But if you have any reservations head over to the Dell support site and do a search. Dell provides "technical" instructions for doing just about everything. I was having trouble with my bluetooth module on my 600m for the 2nd time. So I just decided to rip the damm thing out. However to do that you have remove the screen, keyboard wrist guard and touchpad. Dell had step by step instructions which allowed me to do all this in about 20 minutes. BTW, one of the 1st steps is to remove the battery, optical drive and HD.

My buddy is having the same problem with his bluetooth on his 600m. He started to pull everthing apart last Tuesday but decided it was not worth it. What was the problem with yours? And how did you fix it?
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Originally posted by goLUCKY
It should see whatever you have available. The Dell recovery disk are not coded to size.
so, i could use any dell restore disk on any computer?
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Originally posted by BigDaddy
My buddy is having the same problem with his bluetooth on his 600m. He started to pull everthing apart last Tuesday but decided it was not worth it. What was the problem with yours? And how did you fix it?
There is a design flaw with the 600m and the bluetooth module. The Bluetooth chip is designed to plug into the motherboard "standing up" at the very front of the laptop, under your left wrist. The problem is either the 600m is a touch to thin or the wrist area is to flexible. So after time (could be days, weeks, months or never depending on you) of pressure at this point, it weakens the socket the bluetooth chip sets in. This looseness will cause Windows to think you are pluging or unpluging the chip if you put pressure in this area (under your left wrist).

After about 10 months I had this problem and sent in my computer. Dell replaced the entire MB. After about 6 more months had the same problem. Decided to just take out the bluetooth chip since I have never used bluetooth anyway. It is easy. Just get a good set of screw drivers, a grounding wrist thing and follow the directions. Just becareful with the keyboard. If you pop out the individual keys it will be a pain. But I didn't have a problem.

You can do a search over at the Forums in Dell. Pretty common problem. I love my 600m, but would recommend skipping the bluetooth.

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