Help on how to replace a Gateway GT5408 Hard Drive by yourself. First, you will need to find out the connection type on your Gateway GT5408 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 different cables as an ATA drive will have a much wider cable than the SATA drive.
The next step is to choose the size you want. You are basically 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 Gateway GT5408 hard drive or bigger. It is usually not a good idea to go with a smaller hard drive if you can help it. If you are not sure what size your current Gateway GT5408 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 of it somewhere.
You will now need to buy a new one to replace your Gateway GT5408 hard drive using the information you just gathered (i.e. 750GB SATA drive or 120GB ATA drive). You can buy new hard drives from many different places online as well as in many brick and mortar stores. Just look around until you find a good price that you are willing to pay for it.
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 the drive. This method will clone your old Gateway GT5408 hard drive to your newly purchased drive. The result will be an exact duplicate of how you had things as before; your programs will be the same, your desktop will sill look the same, etc. The only drawback is that if you had any viruses, spyware or errors on your old drive those too would be transferred to the new one.
How to clone a Gateway GT5408 hard drive: You will need to download 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 for cloning disks. The easiest way to clone a disk is to make a bootable CD or flash drive. The cloning program should be able to do this for you. Then, simply connect both hard drives to the computer and boot it up 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. After that you simply remove the old hard drive and boot only to the new one. Once done you should have your Gateway GT5408 hard drive replacement ready to go (If not then you will need to do method 2).
Method 2: Do a clean install and copy all files over. This simply means installing a fresh copy of Windows on your new hard drive and then copying over all your documents, pictures and anything else you want to keep. This is probably a much easier method than the previous, but the drawback is that you do have to install all your programs over 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 it 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 professional to have it done. You should also feel good because you just performed a Gateway GT5408 hard drive replacement all by yourself.