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.
My laptop is about 2 years old now.
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?