How to replace an Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive is an easy task with the proper tools. First, you will need to know the type of connection on your Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive and whether it is ATA (aka IDE) or SATA. Click here for pictures to help identify whether your hard drive has an ATA or SATA connection.
Once you have determined the proper connection the next step is to choose the size. You are free to choose almost any size hard drive you wish but your best bet is to choose one that is the same size as your Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive or bigger, it’s not a good idea to ever go smaller. If you are not sure what size your Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive is you can always check by opening “My Computer” on your desktop and then right-clicking on your “C” drive and selecting “Properties”. From there you should be able to determine the approximate size of your hard drive. Another way is to simply take the drive out and look at the information sticker which will usually state the size.
The next step is to buy a new one to replace your Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive using the information you gathered from the previous paragraphs (i.e. 250GB SATA drive or 80GB ATA drive). You can buy new hard drives from many different place online and in the physical world. Just shop around until you find a good deal.
After you buy a new drive to replace your Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive the next step is to transfer the information from the old to the new one. There are two different ways of accomplishing this depending on what you want to do.
Method 1: Clone entire drive to have it exactly how it was. This method will basically clone your old Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive to your new drive that you just purchased. The result will be exactly how you had things as before. Your desktop will look the same, your programs will remain the same, etc. The drawback is that if you had any viruses or errors on your old drive those too would be transferred over.
How to do it: You will need to obtain cloning software from somewhere. Some popular titles include Norton Ghost, Easeus Disk Copy or any other title you wish to use. (Note: Easeus Disk Copy is free to download, just search Google for it.) One you have the software you will need to learn how to use it. The best way to clone a drive is to make a bootable CD or flashdrive that the cloning program should be able to do for you. Simply connect both hard drives to the motherboard and boot the computer using the CD or flashdrive that you made using one of the cloning programs. Because each program is different I can only tell you to take it step by step. Once complete you will have your Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive replacement ready to go.
Method 2: Install new operating system and copy important files over to new drive This simply involves installing Windows on your new hard drive and then copying over all your documents, pictures, movies, etc. This is probably a much easier method than the previous, but the drawback is that you will have to install all your programs again. This sounds like a daunting task but if you try the first method and fail, you will have to do it this way anyway. This is what we call a “clean install” because it gets rid of all the old unused junk on your hard drive and tends to speed up your computer.
Whichever method you choose you should be proud because you just saved yourself a bunch of money by not taking it to a professional. You should also feel good because you just performed a Acer Aspire 4730Z hard drive replacement on your own.