Help on how to replace an eMachines W5243 Hard Drive as a DIY project. First off you will need to find out the connection type of your eMachines W5243 hard drive and whether it is ATA (aka IDE) or SATA. Click here for a picture to help identify whether your hard drive is ATA or SATA. Be sure to pay close attention to the cables as an ATA drive will have a much wider cable than the SATA.
After determining the connection type the next step is to choose the size you want. You are free to choose any size hard drive you wish but your best bet is to always choose one that is the same size as your eMachines W5243 hard drive or bigger. It is usually not a good idea to go with a smaller drive, if you can help it. If you are not sure what size your current eMachines W5243 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 size of your hard drive. Another way is to simply take the drive out and look at the sticker on it which will usually state the size somewhere.
Now you will need to buy a new drive to replace your eMachines W5243 hard drive using the information you gathered from before (i.e. 320GB SATA drive or 750GB ATA drive). You can buy new hard drives from many different places online as well as in brick and mortar stores. Just look around until you find a good price that you are willing to pay for it.
After purchasing a new drive the next step is to transfer information from the old to the new. There are two different ways of accomplishing this task:
Method 1: Clone, or duplicate the entire drive. This method will clone your old eMachines W5243 hard drive to your new drive. The result will be an exact duplicate of how you had things as before; your desktop will look the same, your programs will still be there, etc. The only drawback is that if you had any viruses or errors on your old drive those too would be transferred.
How to clone your eMachines W5243 hard drive: You will need to obtain cloning software from somewhere online. Two popular titles include Norton Ghost and Easeus Disk Copy. (Note: Easeus Disk Copy is free to download, just Google it.) One you have the software installed you will need to learn how to use it. The easiest way to clone a hard drive is to make a bootable CD or flash drive. The cloning program should be able to do this for you. Simply connect both hard drives and boot the computer using the CD or flash drive that you made with the cloning software. Because each program is different I can only tell you to take it step by step until it is done. Then you simply remove the old hard drive and boot only to the new one. Once done you will have your eMachines W5243 hard drive replacement ready to go.
Method 2: Do a clean install and copy files over. This simply involves installing a fresh copy of Windows on your new hard drive and then copying over all your documents, pictures, movies and anything else you want to keep. 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 it fails, 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 files 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 whole lot of money by not taking it to a pro. You should also feel good because you just performed a eMachines W5243 hard drive replacement all by yourself.