How to Replace BMW Car Hard Drive Without Losing Data

Looking for a way to upgrade or replace a BMW car hard drive? This post outlines effective solutions and preparations to get the work done. Whether you want to get a bigger hard drive, fix spinning noises, or boot the disk faster, you can get your answer here.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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I have a BMW M2C and noticed that when I import music from a USB or CD, the hard drive is only 20GB; is it possible to simply swap out for a larger hard drive? Even an SSD for faster performance? 

BMW(Bayerische Motoren Werke AG) is a world-famous and popular German luxury automobile manufacturer producing high-quality vehicles that combine performance, luxury, and innovative technology seamlessly.

It is a leading automotive brand with a diverse range of cars and SUVs that cater to drivers seeking both exhilarating driving experiences and sophisticated design. It is a top choice for those seeking a premium driving experience.

Even though BMW cars are popular, it doesn't mean they are perfect in every aspect. For example, BMW hard drive users may encounter issues like insufficient storage space, clicking and spinning noises from the center console, Bluetooth stopping working, no data or time display, etc. If you suffer from the problems mentioned, it is time to replace and upgrade a hard drive.

This post provides an ultimate guide to replacing the BMW car hard drive for a better user experience. 

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Can I Replace the BMW Car Hard Drive with a New One

The answer is YES.

The car hard drive is a storage device equipped inside the car that is used to store navigation data, music, videos, and other media files. Like other hard drives used for various purposes, you can replace it with a new or larger one if you have trouble in using it properly.

What to Prepare Before Upgrading BMW Car Hard Drive

Once you decide to replace your BMW in-vehicle hard drive, you can start your hard drive replacement with our detailed guide. Here is some preparation work to ensure smooth change progress.

  • 💾Select a new hard drive that is compatible with your car. For BMW users, the car hard drive is specially designed for the vehicle. You'd better consult with a professional mechanic or BMW dealership to ensure compatibility. Consider the size, interface, form, and capacity while choosing.
  • 🛠️A Philips Screwdriver. The car hard drive is installed inside the car, and you need a tool to remove the old hard drive and install the new one.
  • 📏A trim removal tool. You need it to get in and pull the trim back so the floor vents can pop out easily.
  • 💻A hard drive cloning tool. If you don't want to lose data saved on the old disk, a cloning tool will help migrate everything to the new disk, keeping all your data intact. EaseUS Disk Copy is a Windows-available disk cloning program that can help you do it with simple clicks. So you need to prepare a Windows computer as well. (We will explain the specific steps to clone a hard drive with EaseUS Disk Copy in the next part).

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Step Guide to Replacing a BMW Car Drive with a New HDD/SSD

With all the preparation work done, let's begin to replace your car hard drive now!

Step 1. Turn off the power of the BMW car to avoid electric shock and other safety issues.

Step 2. Get the trim removal tool, pop it, and pull it back on the floor vents.

pull back on the floor vents

Step 3. Pull out the AC controls, but you don't need to disconnect it, and just set it up on Nook.

pull out the ac controls

Step 4. Pull out the metal stick outside the head unit so you can see the hard drive.

pull out the metal stick

Step 5. Use the screwdriver to undo the screws.

undo the screws

Step 6. Pry out the hard drive and pull it out relatively straight.

pull out the hard drive

Clone Hard Drive to Migrate Everything to New Disk Without Losing

A car hard drive usually stores navigation and music files you like to listen to while driving. If you want to keep the same songs and navigation information on the new drive, cloning the hard drive to new disk is a great option, which will create a 1-to-1 copy of your original disk, eliminating the hassle of downloading data from scratch. 

EaseUS Disk Copy is a reliable and professional disk cloning choice for many people. It allows you to clone to a larger disk, clone M.2 SSD, clone HDD to SSD, or clone a hard drive with bad sectors. Supported by advanced technology, it can complete the cloning task with several simple clicks. 

When you pull out the old disk, download it and clone it to the new one with the guide below..

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Prior Notice:

  • The "Sector by sector copy" asks the size of your destination disk to be at least equal to or larger than that of the source disk. Leave this feature unchecked if you wish to clone a larger hard disk to a smaller hard disk.
  • All data on the destination disk will be completely erased, so take care.

Step 1. To start copying/cloning an entire disk to another, choose this disk as the source disk under "Disk Mode" and click "Next".

select the source disk and click next

Step 2. Choose the other disk as the destination disk.

select the destination disk

Step 3. Check the disk layout of the two disks. You can manage the disk layout of the destination disk by selecting "Autofit the disk", "Copy as the source" or "Edit disk layout". 

click ok when a warning message appears
  • "Autofit the disk" makes some changes by default on the destination disk layout so that it can work at its best status.
  • "Copy as the source"does not change anything on destination disk and the layout is the same as source disk.
  • "Edit disk layout" allows you to manually resize/move partition layout on this destination disk.

Tick the "Check the option if the target is SSD" option to put your SSD in its best performance.

A message now appears, warning you that data will be lost. Please confirm this message by clicking "OK" and then click "Next".

check the diak layout

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to officially execute the task.

click proceed to officially start

When the cloning process completes, you can put your new hard drive into the slot and return the other parts as they are. Ensure that the new drive is positioned properly and your BMW can recognize it correctly.

📖Related reading: Replace Lexus Car Hard Drive Without Data Loss

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The Final Words

This is all about replacing a BMW car hard drive. We have covered the necessary preparation work and step-by-step instructions to teach you how to upgrade your car's hard drive. You need to follow each step very carefully to avoid any damage.

EaseUS Disk Copy offers a shortcut to keep all the data on the new disk, so you don't need to redownload all information from scratch. Download and give it a try, and you won't be disappointed.

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FAQS Related to BMW Car Hard Drive Replacement

How much does it cost to replace a car hard drive?

The cost of replacing a car hard drive relies on many factors, including the kinds of disks you choose, the preparation of the necessary tools, the data migration tool, etc. But generally speaking, a car hard drive replacement costs $80 - $ 200, or even more, based on the actual situation.

Does replacing a hard drive erase everything?

Yes, replacing a hard drive will generally remove all saved data. Fortunately, you can clone the old disk to the new one, creating an exact 1-to-1 copy of the original disk. With a cloned new disk, you don't need to reinstall or redownload everything; just replace the new one and start using it without any hassle. EaseUS Disk Copy is a professional and available disk cloning program that works on all Windows computer.

How would you know if a hard drive needs to be replaced?

To judge whether you should replace a hard drive, you can check if your hard drive exists the following symptoms, which include but not limited to:

  • Clicking or spinning noises
  • Not enough storage space
  • Overheating
  • Blue screen of death
  • Frequently error code warning
  • Corrupted files and folders
  • Can't be recognized

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