G73JH 2nd Hard Drive buying help

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  1. madnj

    madnj Notebook Consultant

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    Ha!

    When you punch the laptop! I know EXACTLY what you're talking about.

    I had random lockups that I finally got to the bottom of... One of my bottom RAM sticks was screwy, and I pulled both out and knocked them around on my table because I had read of cases where RAM can have a loose connection or something, and it fixed my lockups. Prior to that, just slapping the bottom of the laptop would temporarily fix my lockups.

    Between that and my screwy touchpad, this thing has seen its fair share of beatings. Thankfully, I've fully resolved both issues.

    I will say though that my Seagate Momentus XT performs really well compared to the original 640GB 5400 RPM drive, and going to an SSD would really be an unneeded performance boost for me.

    I accept that there'd be a performance increase with an SSD, but until I find a couple hundred dollars laying around, I'm pretty happy with what I have.

    I agree with you on keeping a system clean and running well, but I have Torrentleech and What.cd accounts which keeps me filling my drives no matter how much space I have.

    More info on the RAM issue... I'd have random BSODs and hard locks where as soon as it'd lock up once, on reboot the system would lock up again within a couple of minutes. After beating on the bottom of the laptop, the vibrations would resolve the issue and things would run fine for hours/days. I'd then get another hard lock or BSOD and the issue would happen all over again. Most of the time my hard locks happened overnight, so I'd get up in the morning to an unresponsive system.

    It's been at least a week or so since I slapped my RAM sticks around, and they've been running good since (including running MEMTest clean for several hours).

    At the end of the day though, I have a laptop with a pretty great ATI Radeon 5870 that can run 99% of games at high settings, that will do double duty as a work machine that makes my coworkers jealous.

    Until a substantial upgrade comes around, I'll be very happy to keep this system. I could see a 1080p screen upgrade in my future and some larger RAM sticks, but overall this system has been amazing for the cost.
     
  2. Yiddo

    Yiddo Believe, Achieve, Receive

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    Agreed on the 5870M this bad boy is lasting me till Wimbledon I love it, and if you stick with 900p it will last you longer 1080p does struggle on some games.

    They are quite expensive at the end of the day I was happy with a 230mb/s read 170mb/s write but cutting the price down from the same SATA III by £50 after all our JH cant handle SATA III so thought why not. This allowed me to get two mid range SSD's for only £150 around $250 for you. The difference in performance is so noticeable its worth every penny and means I dont need to upgrade now for at least mid 2012.
     
  3. thegreatsquare

    thegreatsquare Notebook Deity

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    Caddy?

    I just stuck a regular #2 pencil behind the HDD, it's been there over a year now.
     
  4. stogi1knobi

    stogi1knobi Newbie

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    Just throwin this out there for you. Love this drive i have it in my G73jh as my main drive. Works great for the price.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momentus-7200RPM-Hybrid-ST95005620AS-Bare/dp/B003NSBF32
     
  5. bighfr

    bighfr Newbie

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    Sorry for being silent for so long, was having trouble connecting to site. Thanks for the advice, was not expecting the thread to have so much activity. The links were very helpful and I'm sure they will help anyone else browsing this thread. Keep up any news for good and bad hard drives so that all the other newbies will know.

    Now for me personally I was looking for a pure storage hard drive and had my eyes set on this (before it went out of stock).
    Newegg.com - Open Box: Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Now I'm looking at Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 HN-M750MBB 750GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive or I'll just wait for the other hard drive to come back in stock. If I come across any deals/sales I'll post them, in the meantime keep up the good work guys you are really helping.
     
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