Pretty much all 2.5" notebook hard drives are interchangeable. If I were you I'd order the notebook without any hard drive at all and just get the 7200rpm drive from NewEgg and install it myself. Or get the cheapest drive they offer, if you can't delete it outright. Sell the thing on eBay if you don't have any other use for it.
That's not true, not all 2.5" notebook HD have the same dimension, thinkness to be more precise. Try fitting a thicker HD into the thinner slot, and see if you can still close the lid
quote:Originally posted by highlandsun
[br]Pretty much all 2.5" notebook hard drives are interchangeable. If I were you I'd order the notebook without any hard drive at all and just get the 7200rpm drive from NewEgg and install it myself. Or get the cheapest drive they offer, if you can't delete it outright. Sell the thing on eBay if you don't have any other use for it.
quote:Originally posted by Themanthatisi
[br]Venonbite mentions above that you can't get a 7,200 rpm drive with a Pentium M... I just noticed that Dell has the 8600 with a Pentium M and a 7,200 drive..... interesting. So I guess it is possible?
Sorry, I should have been a bit more clear on what I was saying. Since you were looking at HP, they don't offer a 7200rpm HDD in their Pentium M based units (from what I've seen to date). You weren't really considering Dell because they were "fugly" , that's why I didn't mention it. Dell is probably one of the only manufacturers that I've seen that offers 7200rpm HDD's on their notebooks. So yes, 7200rpm HDD's can be added to Pentium M notebooks, but very few manufacturers have this option.
Freeman is correct. There are 2 types of 2.5" drives, a 12mm & 9.5mm high drive. Most companies are using the 9.5, but I think some still use the 12mm drives. Therefore, it should be all 9.5mm 2.5" drives are interchangable, plus a 12mm drive can be swapped with a 9.5mm drive which would still work.
Check out the Gateway M460XL. I can't comment 100% about their quality (I just ordered mine, so hopefully I won't have a lemon), but it came with 1 512 MB RAM (to upgrade), 80 gig 5400 rpm drive, 1.73 ghz PM, and a Radeon X600. It was originally around $1550, but I talked to a sales person on the phone who discounted it down for me $1435 which fits well under your price range.
"But I refuse to support Dell and their Indian support staff"
Hi Mr Themanthatisi or what ever your name is, I dont have objection in expressing your thoughts but you have no rights to coment on any particular country's people on an internet forum without knowing the facts.
Although I have not worked in any of the support centres, I hear many stories from my friends who work there about how dumb you guys are when it comes to computer business.
People often think that you fellas in developed countries are supposed to be more computer literate than rest of the world.
But, They find themselves in a total mess while spoon feeding you babies about even the basic knowledge about computers.
No wonder Dell or any other companies did the best job by placing customer support in countries who know about the subject, else it would have been a disaster for you guys.
so next time you are commenting try to know the facts before you comment and better watch your tounge...
I don't think they'll ever put a PM CPU into a DTR. They just don't provide enough computing power. The newer 2.0Ghz Dothan's may come close, but are just WAY too pricey. I don't think they'll drop enough in the next few months to make a difference.
Considering that Intel are abandoning P4's and focusing on adapting PM's for desktops, we will see more PM's in DTR as well.