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Upgrading my Laptop Drive, Suggestions Needed

by coolgeorge / March 19, 2007 12:06 PM PDT

Hi,

I'm looking to upgrade laptops harddrive from the 5400rpm to 7200rpm. Anyone done this before? Any noticeable gains in performance on a Celeron 1.6M? I already got a quote from http://www.rescuetechusa.com that they will do it for $130.

Thanks,
George

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increased memory will be have a more noticeable effect
by ramarc / March 19, 2007 12:30 PM PDT

i assume $130 is for the labor/shipping. if so, you should consider doing it yourself. swapping the drives is extremely simple (once you figure out the right screws). cloning drives when only 1 can be installed at a time is a bit more complicated but here's an article that explains how to do it: http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11381_7-5506183-3.html. also check out some tutorials for acronis backup/image software.

here are laptop HDs for you choose from. you'll need to determine what hard disk interface and height your laptop supports (see your laptop's specifications).
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=380&name=Notebook-Laptop-Hard-Drives

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by Willy / March 20, 2007 2:42 AM PDT

Most laptop HDs are slower, not because they're cheaper but because they're stable and robust. That being the case, it will allow a laptop to maintain its data under rough use and/or heat build-up better. The laptop HD can still fail, even more so with a faster rpm HD as it becomes subject to outside forces, it just does. Better "ruggized" laptop offer either a shock cradle to hold HD plus the whole laptop as well. On top of all this, there's not going to be a great improvement overall, just like a desktop. Just my 2-cents...

tada -----Willy Happy

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