Hardrive upgade / How do I know?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Mr. Miller, Mar 3, 2008.

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  1. Mr. Miller

    Mr. Miller Notebook Enthusiast

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    How do I know if hard drive can be installed in the notebook that I have? What do I look for in the description?
     
  2. Lithus

    Lithus NBR Janitor

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    You tell us the brand and model of the computer.
     
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    Mr. Miller Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a Gateway 8510GZ.
     
  4. Gregory

    Gregory disassemble?

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    Mr. Miller Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks Greg, but in the information that you led me to(which I have already been to) only lists the factory specs of what is installed. That would make it a replacement, not an upgrade.

    What information do I need from specs that I need to find on a possible upgrade? Am I looking for one with the same Form Factor and Interface?

    EDITED: Please excuse me for my ignorance. This is my first laptop, and I have never changed a hard drive in a laptop. It's been over five years since I changed one in a desktop computer. I have already upgraded the cpu and memory to the max.

    Let me guess and tell me if I am wrong. IF a hard drive has the same interface and form factor, then I should be able to install it? Or is there another spec that I need to be looking at as well?
     
  6. Gregory

    Gregory disassemble?

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    Sorry man I guess I should have included the important pointers :)

    Things to look for in a hard drive:

    size= 2.5"

    Interface= ATA6 Which is PATA [not SATA] (someone correct me if I am wrong but ATA6 is the last generation of parellel ATA correct?)


    RPM= The one with your computer is 5400. 7200 is better... But it costs a little more and I would suspect might decrease battery life. However, if someone who has upgraded to a 7200rpm in your series laptop could chime in, they would be a more appropriate judge. It would be significantly faster though.

    GB's= You already have 100gb's, so I'd imagine if you are upgrading for this purpose you would want 250gb.


    This is a nice 5400 rpm 250gb for $140

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136159

    This is a nice 7200 rpm 100gb for $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822146052

    Both should work, but you might be able to shop around for a better price. Post back any that you might consider buying... As I indicated, I'm not 100% sure how feasible a 7200rpm would be for you... But I know many others here have done it in their laptops.
     
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  7. D3X

    D3X the robo know it all

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    Personally I have upgraded my drive from a 7200 RPM to the Western Digital Scorpio 250GB 5400 PATA. I would actually recommend the Scorpio over any 7200RPM PATA drive under 160GB simply because the size difference and speed difference between them is negligible, infact the transfer speeds from the Scorpio is faster than my old Hitachi 7K100 100GB.

    The WD Scorpios are relatively new generation compared to the PATA 7200RPMs which both Seagate and Hitachi are not making new PATA versions of their larger/speedier drives that are available in SATA. Who knows why, but the PATA Scorpio performance from a 250GB SATA compared to the PATA counterpart is virtually identical.
     
  8. Mr. Miller

    Mr. Miller Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks alot Greg.

    With the information that I had, before I came back and read your last post, confirming that I was on the right track, I had found that 5400 rpm 250gb for $140 at Newegg.com.

    With your assistance, I can make my upgrade purschae with confidence.

    Again, Thanx. Gregory is Cheap & D3X.
     
  9. powerpack

    powerpack Notebook Prophet

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    The WD 250GB is a good choice and will be as fast as the 7200 as D3X said because of greater data density.
     
  10. Johnny T

    Johnny T Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    By the way, ATA-6 = PATA = IDE = ATA-100 all the same thing :) Just make sure its not SATA and you'll be fine.
     
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