which new hard drive?

  AL47 17:35 13 Oct 2007

im looking at upgrading my xps 1710 laptop hard drive as im running lo on space, its like a house, the bigger it is the more you fill it with,

at the moment i have a 100gb 7200rpm something or other

i was thinking of getting the hitachi 7k200 200gb one,

i dont know much about these so does anyone know if its any good or could offer any alternatives?

  Totally-braindead 17:41 13 Oct 2007

Forgive me if I'm wrong but you say you are looking for a laptop hard drive and I didn't think laptop drives spun that fast. Are you sure you are not looking at a desktop drive?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:48 13 Oct 2007

Just plug in an external drive if all you need is storage space.

  AL47 17:52 13 Oct 2007

well my laptop is starting to go slow, and for its specs i think it should be quicker so i was thinking of doing a system restore anyways

i have a 7200rpm in now

  Quiller. 17:52 13 Oct 2007

Most modern laptop harddrives spin at 7200.

AL47 is it an IDE drive or a SATA drive?

  Totally-braindead 17:56 13 Oct 2007

Thanks quiller, you live and learn.

  Quiller. 17:56 13 Oct 2007

It looks like it'll take a 200Gb SATA 7200 hard drive.

click here

  interzone55 17:56 13 Oct 2007

You can get laptop drives that fast, but there's not many about, most run at 5,400rpm or even 4,200rpm to save battery.

Hitachi recently released a new range of drives running at 7,200rpm which they claim use less power than 5,400rpm models due to better bearings

  AL47 17:58 13 Oct 2007

sata-150 but i dont really know what it means, i dont think my laptop will have a problem, or mite it?

  AL47 18:01 13 Oct 2007

yep it is that one, so it should be okay?

  AI33 18:12 13 Oct 2007

It should be fine and I can't see any problems. You will have to re-install everything, including the O/S.

that answers your question but Fruit Bat /\0/\ gives you the best option. You could, for less money and hassle, use an fast external hard drive to give you extra space. It could also give you an image of your hard dive in case you ever get hard drive failure.

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