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Upgrading a laptop HDD

I am trying to make my Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop a little more enthusiastic. A memory upgrade I can cope with, but what about the HDD? It currently has just an 80Gb disc. Could I clone this to a larger HDD with Acronis True Image and swap them? The machine came with XP Home pre-installed - I do not have an XP disc.

Many thanks for any help with this.

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Just a question.

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If the XP install went sour, how would you fix that?

About the hard disk. Since the installed XP is just XP and we have no restore CDs we must stick to drives 127GB or smaller. You can clone the drive with the drive maker's free software.

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Sorry, I haven't understood why a new disc needs to be under 127Gb. And are you saying that the new drive would have software for cloning? Would this be an advantage over True Image?

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Because XP is limited to 127GB in size.

In reply to: Cloning and other sites note this issue. I don't duplicate ready web content. Since you don't know the "base version" of the OS and we can't use what XP reports on the machine we must stay in the safe area of "XP." Your choice if you decide to go above the size that XP natively supported.

"And are you saying that the new drive would have software for cloning? Would this be an advantage over True Image?"

Some do, some don't and the advantage over True Image could be the price. While I use G4U the command line seems to intimidate many.
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XP limitations

In reply to: Because XP is limited to 127GB in size.

Thanks, Bob. I didn't realise XP had disc limitations. As to cloning, cost is not an issue as I already have True Image. I'm more concerned about whether the machine is likely to run from the cloned disc.

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If we stay inside "XP" limits I forsee no issues.

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I've done this far too many times now. The only area that seems to confuse many is that XP limit. Yes, Microsoft lifted that limit in XP SP1 but not for those that installed XP. If we knew for a fact that XP SP1 or better was the installed OS as opposed to XP being installed and SP1 or later applied (the difference is minor unless we are talking about hard disk upgrades) then we could make an informed decision.

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HDD size

In reply to: If we stay inside "XP" limits I forsee no issues.

I've just realised I have only a 40GB HDD, not 80Gb, so even going to 120Gb would help performance, I suppose.

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Probably, but as with anything of this nature involving Windows, your mileage may vary. It SHOULD work, but you never really know for sure if there will be some kind of hiccup until you try. So, be sure to keep the old drive around until you're sure the new one is working properly.

Also, be careful about heat dissipation rates. If the laptop came with a 5400RPM drive, you may want to think twice about stuffing in a 7200RPM drive. It may be (slightly) faster, but it will also generate more heat and drain the battery faster. Heat is probably the biggest concern with laptops, especially newer ones where thin and lightweight is the goal. There's not a lot of room for excess heat to go, so it just builds up inside the case.

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How tell speed?

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Thanks for this. Can I tell the HDD speed without taking it out and peering at it? Belarc doesn't tell me.

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Download and run HDTune V2.55

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Speed of HDD

In reply to: Download and run HDTune V2.55

Thanks, but I can't see the speed info on either the standard or pro version. I can see capacity (40GB, not as I stated 80Gg) and serial number etc but nothing that tells me 4200, 5400 or whatever.

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Ok....but it does give you the drive model #. Armed with

In reply to: Speed of HDD can check the mfg's website for the RPM spec.


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