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Landron wrote:
Nov 26th, 2018 3:45 pm
I think he mentioned it would be a 500GB hard drive

I don’t know how to reinstall the OS, but I’m willing to learn. Is it something i could watch an online tutorial for (assuming I find my windows disks)?
If you can find the original Windows disk that came with your laptop, then the installation is dead simple as the disk are probably 'recovery' disk and NOT installation disk.

What's the difference?

A recovery disk is built for that laptop. It has all of the necessary drivers and software to bring your laptop operating system to the same condition as when you bought it years ago. You will need to install any updates but that's generally it. As for how you do it, typically, you insert the disk, tell the laptop to boot from the disk, answer a few basic questions (ie are you sure you want to do this? And maybe the Windows key from the sticker on your laptop), and then let it load. Should take less than an hour (probably less than 15 minutes). Once it's done, connect to the internet and start downloading updates.
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tritium4ever wrote:
Nov 26th, 2018 6:36 pm
It depends a lot on your needs, and what you're willing to put up with. If your needs are basic, you could get away with using a 7 year old computer just fine. Especially if you're replacing a hard drive with an SSD, which will literally make your old computer feel new again.
I would say better than new.
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craftsman wrote:
Nov 26th, 2018 6:49 pm
I would say better than new.
Agreed. It's crazy how upgrading from a hard drive to an SSD completely changes your computing experience. Once you start using an SSD on a daily basis you'll wonder how you ever got along without one.

For me, I wouldn't even consider building or buying a new computer without an SSD unless the budget is ridiculously tight. I'd be willing to cut corners on virtually everything except that.
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Thanks for all the help, I might just try this out. First I gotta see if I can all my recovery disks.
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As most have said, SSD drive will make a massive difference. Try it out first. If you can't do it, buy an
SSD drive and give it to that repair shop to install.
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Landron wrote:
Nov 26th, 2018 10:12 pm
Thanks for all the help, I might just try this out. First I gotta see if I can all my recovery disks.
I would get a cheap ssd (120GB for a $30 ~ 40) and put windows 10 , you can run it without "activation" for a long time (maybe forever) - but 1st check the Toshiba-web for bios/drivers updates etc.
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if you are just surfing the internet then you don't need a 1tb hard drive. a cheap 128gb SSD would do the trick (around 40$). a little knowledge goes a long way. 150$ just to swap a hard drive is steep as someone else has mentioned here.
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Here is Toshiba's video to replace the HD of a Toshiba laptop by another HD.
The procedure is very much the same to replace a HD by a new SSD.

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Landron wrote:
Nov 26th, 2018 2:41 pm

... but at what point would you think it’s no longer with trying to fix it, year wise? 7, 8 years? ...
The answer to that is when it no longer meets your needs.

I've got a couple of really old laptops (>10 years old) that are fine for browsing, email, etc. Some I've "upgraded" with more RAM and SSD. For home use, it's a games requirement or stuttering video that will probably require you to buy new (-er)!
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OP replacing the hard drive is literally a two minute job. And you can get a 500gb SSD for something silly like $75. It's the cloning process that's trickier if you need to do that. Otherwise you can simply back up all your documents and files to an external USB drive and then just re-install Windows 10 if that's what you were using. Windows 10 typically "remembers" your PC. You don't need to worry about the CD key AFAIK.

Put a USB flash drive into your computer then click this link:

https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209

It should take all of 10-15 minutes to get Windows 10 on there.
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SickBeast wrote:
Nov 27th, 2018 7:50 pm
OP replacing the hard drive is literally a two minute job. And you can get a 500gb SSD for something silly like $75. It's the cloning process that's trickier if you need to do that. Otherwise you can simply back up all your documents and files to an external USB drive and then just re-install Windows 10 if that's what you were using. Windows 10 typically "remembers" your PC. You don't need to worry about the CD key AFAIK.

Put a USB flash drive into your computer then click this link:

https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209

It should take all of 10-15 minutes to get Windows 10 on there.
The OP's original hard drive crashed so there's literally nothing to clone or restore.
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Use the Windows 7 key from the label to activate. My daughter just did that for a friends upgrade from a Win7 HDD to Win 10 SSD.

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