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Upgrading a laptop's HDD

By Techie69
Dec 8, 2008
  1. I'm trying to upgrade the internal hard drive for my laptop since the one I had died. It came with a IDE 40 GB at 4,200 rpm. I wanted to get a bigger HD at 5,400 or 7,200 rpm. I'll probably go for one at 5,400 rpm for more than 100 GB.
    The problem is HP says that my model has been tested to support hard drives at 4,200 rpm and I can't go higher than 80 GB either. I've chatted with them online and they aren't very reliable since they've told me different stories. I spoke with the IT guy at my company and he said that there shouldn't be any problems upgrading it something faster than 4,200 rpm but I'm not sure if my BIOS will support it or I'll come across problems. What does anyone think about upgrading to a faster rpm and capacity that the manufacturer suggests?

    Also, which brand would you guys recommend? I'd like something fast, reliable and that doesn't overheat since the Pentium 4 that I have already does that.

    The specs for my HP laptop are the following:
    HP Pavilion XT5366WM
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    US product number DC996A#ABA
    Microprocessor Intel Pentium 4 - 2.6GHz
    Mircoprocessor Cache 512KB (L2 cache)
    Frontside BUS speed 400MHz front side bus
    Processor architecture
    Chipset ATI IPG 345M Northbridge
    Hard drive 40 GB
    Drive RPM 4200RPM
    Memory 512MB DDR SDRAM
    Memory max 1024 (2 x 512 MB DIMM)
    Memory speed 266 MHz
    Total DIMM sockets Two
    Available DIMM sockets One
    Multimedia drive 24X DVD/CDRW COMBO drive
    Diskette drive 1.44 FDD
    Modem Intergrated v.90/v.92 56K (RJ11 connector)
    Network Intergrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
    Keyboard 88 key with touchpad; 5 one touch internet buttons
    Pointing device Touch Pad with intergrated Scroll Zone
    Sound 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio; internal Altec Lansing speakers; Volume control buttons and mute button
    PC Card Slots 1 Type I/II PC card slot; CardBus-enabled

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I tend to agree with your IT guy... Is Windows upgraded to Service Pack 3? Stay around 100GB to 160GB and 5400rpm. It may run a 7200rpm
     
  3. mspacman1979

    mspacman1979 TS Rookie

    should go without saying, but a bios upgrade is probably in order if you are worried about GB of capacity being compatible.
     
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