Upgrading the Gateway M275 Tablet PC Hard Disk
Hereís the info on the HDD upgrade on the
Gateway M275 Tablet PC:
- The Gateway M275 comes standard with a
Toshiba 40GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). In my case, it was a Toshiba
HDD2182 MK4021GAS. You can also order one with a 60GB HDD.
- I wanted to put the largest drive I could
into the unit, so I opted for a Hitachi 80GB HDD (Model
HTS548080M9AT00). I picked up mine from
NewEgg.com for about $250. Iíve also
seen it on
for $233 (although they are currently out of stock)
- The hardest part of the upgrade is backing
up the original drive. In my case, I was fortunate enough to have
Symantecís Ghost for the Enterprise (Editors Note: You can use the
standard version of Ghost 2003 or later to do the same thing). I do
not know if it is possible to use Ghost Personal and save your image
on a CDR; I would assume there is too much data for CDROMs. If you
donít have Ghost Enterprise your alternative would be to install
Windows for Table PC on the new drive and skip the old drive imaging
steps and go to my step 8.
- The trickiest part of the entire upgrade is
actually making a bootable CD with the Ghost client that can also
communicate with your network to save the image of your current HDD.
Since this isnít a doc on Ghost or network admin Iíll keep the steps
brief and point out the potholes.
- Symantec Ghost does NOT create a bootable
CDROM. And you canít just create a bootable floppy and copy the files
to your favorite CD burner software (both of which I tried
unsuccessfully). Hereís what you do:
a. Create a bootable floppy disk
b. Configure the floppy with drivers for an Intel PRO 100 NIC (this is
the NIC that comes with the Gateway Tablet) and configure for your
c. ĎImageí (donít copy) the floppy and create a bootable CDROM with a
burner program like Roxio or Nero and restore the floppy image on the
CDROM. If you just copy the files you wonít see the Ghost or network
- Configure your Tablet in the Bios to boot to
floppy first and boot up your Ghost client CD.
- Run Ghost and take an image of your old HDD
and save it to your network.
- Shut down your Tablet and remove the old
hard drive. Gateway has an excellent doc with photos illustrating this
(very easy). The doc is here:
- Complete all the steps to physically remove
the old HDD and install the new HDD.
- Now, unless your new HDD is formatted you
will need to format it. In my case I rebooted the Tablet with the
Windows Install CD that came with the Tablet.
- I started an installation of Windows, which
first gives you the option of preparing the HDD.
- Partition the HDD. In my case, I chose the
maximum partition size.
- When partitioning is done, you will need to
format the partition. In my case, I formatted as NTFS.
- The tricky part: as soon as the formatting
is complete, the installer will automatically begin installing Windows
on the new HDD. The only way to break out of this is to physically
eject the CDROM. Windows setup will abort which is fine; your new HDD
is now partitioned and formatted and ready for your image.
- Power down your Tablet and replace the
Windows Install CD with your Ghost Network Client CD.
- Now you want to dump the image from your
network to the client. There is some handshaking between the client
and the server but once youíre done you will have your original
installation on a HDD twice the size of your original.
In my case, I found I needed to
reactivate Microsoft Office since my hardware had changed. But, other
than this everything works fine and I am a happy, larger hard drive
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