Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive on the
Congratulations on becoming the owner of the NEC Versa SX system.
No need to worry about outgrowing your current hard disk drive because NEC offers a variety
of hard disk drive configurations to meet your growing data needs. You can replace your
existing hard disk drive with a larger hard disk drive in most models of the NEC Versa SX
Some NEC Versa SX models require that an authorized NECC Customer Support
representative replace the internal hard disk drive. See the following instructions to determine if
you can replace/upgrade the hard disk drive yourself.
Once you replace your new hard disk, you may also want to restore your NEC Versa to its
original shipping state. You can restore your system to its original state using the Product
Recovery CD, which also shipped with your NEC Versa system.
For hard disks, 12-GB or larger, the restore process creates two partitions, not a single
partition as shipped from the factory. If you want to create a single partition for your hard disk, run
the Partition Magic software (version 4.1 or higher) after the restore process completes. Partition
Magic can either be downloaded from a URL address provided by NECC Customer Support, or
installed from the Application and Driver CD that ships with your system (not available on all
CDs). See the document, Restoring the 12- and 18-GB Hard Disk Drive," which shipped with
your 12-GB or larger hard disk, for detailed instructions on using the Product Recovery CD and/or
creating a single partition with Partition Magic.
To be sure that you own a unit with a user-replaceable hard disk drive, check the following.
Turn your system over. Note the label on the back of the unit, which contains the Doc ID
(model name), Model Number, and NEC Serial Number for the unit.
Look at the 14-alphanumeric characters in the model number. A unit with a user-replaceable
hard disk drive has the letter "A" in the next to last position of the model number. An
example of a model number for a unit with a user-replaceable hard disk drive is
If your model number does not contain the letter "A" in the next to last position, you can
not replace the hard disk drive yourself. Contact your NECC Customer Support representative for
assistance in replacing/upgrading your hard disk drive.
You can increase the system's storage capacity by replacing the standard hard disk drive. The
hard disk drive is located under the keyboard in your NEC Versa notebook computer. You must
remove the keyboard retainer and lift the keyboard before replacing the hard disk drive.
Replace the hard disk drive as follows.
Be sure to back up all important data files before you remove and/or replace the hard
disk. Failure to do so could result in loss of data.
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