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Internal or External

I currently have an Acer TravelMate 2480-2943 notebook. It has a 40 GB HD. I have the hard drive partitioned because I run both Windows XP and kubuntu Linux. I don't want to take away any space from Linux and my Windows partition is full due to my MP3 collection, pictures, etc.

I hate to have to pack around a separate external hard drive.

I have never upgraded an internal notebook hard disk but have done it on a desktop. Is it difficult? Also, will I come across problems with heat if I upgrade to a larger hard disk? What type of internal would you recommend?

Should I just stick with an external? What type would you recommend?

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It's really easy . . .

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I've done it on both my IBM ThinkPads.

First you find out if the drive is IDE or SATA. Then you find out what size you want (I took my 40 Gig drives to 160). Then you decide on the brand, I'm partial to Seagate as the drives come with excellent cloning software. Then you get/borrow an external drive case and clone the drive. Then you swap the drives. Done.

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So you use the Seagate Cloning SW booting from a CD or

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running from the drive being cloned under Windows ?

VAPCMD

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Found a Seagate Momentus 160 GB PATA 5400 RPM

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Also found this one

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Might take a look at this ..

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148130

and it's the largest PATA laptop drive that keeps you under the 137GB BIOS limit avoiding a possible BIOS problem with older laptops.

Might be a 7,200 RPM HDD but the one above should give you a boost too over the old 40GB...it may be a lower RPM HDD.

VAPCMD
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160 should be OK

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I think I'm going to go with the "Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - Internal 2.5" Hard drive - 160GB - Ultra ATA/100" from the amazon seller.

I found this in the owner's manual specs,
"Storage subsystem ? 40/60/80/100/120/160 GB hard disk drive with Acer
Disk Anti-Shock Protection (DASP)"

I would think that I'll be ok since the model originally had the option of a 160 GB hard disk.

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Agree...just trying to stay on the safe side of the 137GB

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limit for some older machines. That a 160GB HDD was an option for the PC gives reassurance for use with the larger HDD.

Keep us posted on how it works.

VAPCMD

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Works well

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This works great and I've seen significant improvements when I test at PC Pitstop. It was an easy install with downloaded Seagate software and a rocketfish enclosure. I also upgraded my RAM from 512 MB to 2 GB, purchased from Crucial.

I used SpeedFan to check my temperatures to be sure that these additions don't cause any damage. Typing this message, nearly idle, I have the following readings:
HD0 33 C
Temp1 32 C
Core 0 43 C
Do these seem reasonable?

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Sounds good...the additional RAM really helps too.

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Temps seem reasonable but keep in mind without knowing which CPU you're running and the ambient temps.

Thanks for the feedback.

VAPCMD

Another good utility is PCWizard 2008...helps monitor CPU speed, CPU temp, % CPU use, etc., etc.,

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