Any suggestions on an upgrade for HDD

I am looking for advice for an upgrade HDD for my 2010 yr Studio XPS Dell Desk Top. Please, advice if anyone knows. Thanks Charlie

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Re: upgrade HDD

Two questions:
1. What is the current HDD (interface, size)?
2. Why upgrade the HDD?


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Thanks for replying

1. Serial ATA Seagate Barracuda 1 T 7200 RPM

2. Time to upgrade software and restore has been acting up. Rather just go this way than buy a new computer after 6 years.

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Re: harddisk

- No need to replace a disk to upgrade software.
- Why do you thing that restore acting up is related to some property or error of the hard disk?

Any SATA HDD big enough to store what you need would be OK as a replacement. But Seagate did bad recently, so i should go for another maker. Any SATA SSD also, but it's more expensive.


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Not too computer literate

What's SDD? I've done F8 Restore as I have done many times before and factory restore with my WD Back Up external prior. However, this time the HDD is stuck at restore. Just want to replace with a better HDD or SDD. Thanks

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Yes, nice but too much Kees thanks

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Kees I think I found a good HDD

Tell me what you think as an upgrade for my computer HDD?
WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
(227) Western Digital
Thanks Charlie

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That seems good and it's twice as large. Which means, that if you use all of it, you have to double your backup storage also.

In stead of SDD I means SSD (Solid State Disk). Those are faster than a HDD. A common setup is to have a 120 or so GB for the OS and programs, and a 1 TB or so HDD for data. An additional advantage is that the all important image of your OS (to go back to in case of serious troubles is 120 GB max, so you can save multiple copies on some external disk and it's faster to make.

Some people prefer an hybrid drive above having 2 drives. That's some SSD and a lot of HDD in one box. it organises itself so the most used stuff is on the SSD. is an example.

I take it for granted that you know how to clone your old drive to the new drive to assure a problemless migration. If not, consider to have it done by a repair shop.


Post was last edited on November 1, 2015 12:25 PM PST

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Thanks Kees

I have backed up all my need files onto my WD Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External HD

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I am going to upgrade OS too.

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You hadn't said that yet.

And I couldn't guess.

Be sure to collect all drivers for your new OS (om your external hard disk, for example) before installing it. It just could happen that you can't download them unless you installed at least one of them (the Ethernet driver).


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