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Upgrading my laptop's HDD

My laptop is about 2 years old now.

HP ZD8060us
3.2Ghz w/HT
512MB RAM (2x256MB)
ATI x600 128mb graphics

the problem comes when i get to this spec:
100GB 4200RPM Hard Drive PATA

It's just so sluggish and takes forever to get going at startup.

My questions are:
1. Can my system handle a 7200RPM HDD, or is 5400RPM plenty?
2. What brand/model should I look at?
3. Should I spend money on more RAM instead?

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Besides the usual software cleanup...

In reply to: Upgrading my laptop's HDD

CCLEANER, Free AVG Antispyware and such. I'll share my old laptop hard disk upgrade story. It was a worthwhile stepup.

Laptop? An Acer ter600 (p3-600 MHz) with 256 MB RAM and Windows 2000.

Story? No matter what I did or how lean the boot was, it could not boot Windows 2000 in less than 4 minutes. While it was a great machine in 2000, in 2003 it was becoming a nuisance compared to newer machines.

I obtained a 40GB 5400 RPM drive for 99 bucks and cloned it in our disktop with laptop drive adapters using Ghost. Today I suggest Acronis.

The new drive went in and Windows 2000 booted in less than 2 minutes. That's over 1/2 the time it took before.

Something must have been really laggy on the old drive.

5400 will be worth it. I worry about heat in your unit since it's one of the P4 units. I strongly suggest an cleaning of the heatsinks and a laptop cooling pad.


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In reply to: Besides the usual software cleanup...

Thanks for sharing your experience. So you would go with a 5400RPM over a 7200?

I have already run into overheating issues with this machine, thank goodness it had some sort of safety measures built in since it would shut down before any harm was caused. I have since purchased cans of air and a cooling pad. I have yet to have any overheating issues since.

The first time I used the compressed air and blew it through the vents, there were large clumps of dust, cat hair, even some little flower buds (no idea where those came from) coming out. Obviously that was the main cause of my overheating issues, but I purchaced the cooling pad for an extra measure. It could probably still use a full professional cleaning I suppose.

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That's why I give the nod to 5400 RPM.

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The 7200 RPM drives usually produce much more heat. Cleaning the P4 laptops is not optional. They tend to overheat unless clean.


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