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 Post subject: Upgrade internal hard drive or go external
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 6:18 am 
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I've got a HP notebook with a 40gb 4200rpm hard drive
I found a 60gb 7200 rpm that will fit for about $250

Can I get an external drive thats faster bigger and cheaper or should I just go with the internal?

I use my comp mostly for school work and gaming.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 8:52 am 
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Usually the idea of mobile pc (laptop) is portability. If you start to add external peripherals it kind of defeats the purpose.

However, if this laptop is your desktop replacement and you don't travel with it - then perhaps the external drive is a better choice.

Just my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade internal hard drive or go external
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:50 am 
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RedRage wrote:
I've got a HP notebook with a 40gb 4200rpm hard drive
I found a 60gb 7200 rpm that will fit for about $250


If you do a little shopping around you'll find the same drive for a lot less money:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde ... ard+Drives

If you don't think it'll fit, keep in mind there are only two sizes of laptop HDD's, 9.5mm and 12mm. I usually just stick with the 9.5mm drives because they tend to fit into everything. Toshiba and Hitachi make the 9.5mm drives while IBM makes 9.5mm and 12mm drives.

RedRage wrote:
Can I get an external drive thats faster bigger and cheaper or should I just go with the internal?

I use my comp mostly for school work and gaming.


I would go with the internal.

Personally, I upgraded my 30GB 4,200RPM 2MB notebook HDD to a 40GB 5,400RPM 16MB HDD and it cut my boot times in half. Shit I run loads a lot faster now too.

Plus you don't need to carry around a seperate power brick to power an external 3.5" HDD.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 7:51 am 
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I think i'll go with the internal


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 12:09 pm 
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Funny, I have the same speced out HDD as you(40GB 4200rpm) I just ordered one of these 60GB 7200rpm Hitachi's online at newegg.com. Here's the link
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 020&depa=1
I was supposed to get it today but I wasn't here to sign for it. I am thinking about going and picking it up at FedEx tonight.
I will come back and tell you how it works, but it might take a week or two to set up.

Another option that I was considering is getting a USB external eclosure for my 40GB HDD. Then I would have a faster 60GB internally and a 40GB external for backup or extra storage. Total of 100GB. Not bad.

I also got one of those thermal pads from Vantec that have to two fans on them to keep my lapper cool. I do a lot of gaming and I think the new HDD will improve game level load times and boot times dramatically.

Stick
(I can't wait, 3 more hours!)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 1:02 pm 
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Im thinking of goin for an external to keep media files and my bigger programs im writing on. However I'd like to get one below 200 bucks anyone got any good suggestions. I can go Firewire or usb 2.0 (or under)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 2:29 pm 
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SirBob1701 wrote:
Im thinking of goin for an external to keep media files and my bigger programs im writing on. However I'd like to get one below 200 bucks anyone got any good suggestions. I can go Firewire or usb 2.0 (or under)


Are you looking for something bus powered? or something that requires a powerbrick or extra internal power supply? (ie- 2.5" HDD, or 3.5" HDD?)

As for Firewire or USB 2.0, get an enclosure with both interfaces and do a little benchmark and see which interface is faster for your setup. I've found that Firewire is faster then USB 2 on my system, but it seems to differ from user to user.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:31 pm 
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bus or brick is fine. Probably go with firewire. I got a Sager NP5690 so ya know.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:47 pm 
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SirBob1701 wrote:
bus or brick is fine. Probably go with firewire. I got a Sager NP5690 so ya know.


I prefer bus power, in the event that I need something off the drive and there's no AC power avaliable.

My suggestion is (and if you have any questions, ask away because I've got three of these) get one of these:

http://www.ewiz.com/query.php?categry=576

And stick it in one of these:

http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?in ... 2F&cat=CAS

Don't worry about using the PS/2 port for power, I've daisy chained 3 of these together off a PS/2 port (Clevo laptop) and there is enough power for all three.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:07 am 
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Well, I threw my HDD in last night. It was easier than I thought. The only hard part was removing the screws from the sides of the bracket holding the hard drive. Make sure you have a good set of small screwdrivers.
I notice small increases in boot times and down times. My UT2K4 load times are moderately faster. Shoot, it used to take up to 3 minutes to load a map.
The drive is just as quiet as my old one at 4200rpm. It does give off some more heat than the old one too. I did have a little bit of vibration during HDD intensive tasks. But that could be from not tightening the screws fully. I had a hard time with the screws.
The extra 20GB is nice too.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:40 pm 
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Yeah boot times and load times dropped for me too when I went from a 30GB 2MB 4,200RPM drive to a 40GB 16MB 5,400RPM drive.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:51 pm 
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thanks for the idea fly trap i'll have to lookinto the purchase. (need more money in my bank lol)


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