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- Upgrading to a faster hard drive
November 15, 2004, 9:04 pm
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laptops is the woefully slow disks that they have traditionally come
with. I have a cheapo Compaq Evo n1015v which should be fairly quick
with its Athlon XP2000+ processor and 512Mb DDR, but it's constantly
clunking away at the disk whenever a new app loads. I was thinking of
upgrading with one of the 7200RPM 2.5" drives. Any thoughts? How can I
find out if the BIOS/mobo will support it?
Re: Upgrading to a faster hard drive
bios support is not linked to drive speed but to drive size. Then, if
your current drive is larger than 9G, you should not have to worry about
But rotational speed is only one of many factors to consider. Are you
sure your current drive is set to optimal settings (write caching,
driver, dma and windows performance settings)? Before make any decision,
I would try various settings and determine which ones appear to be the
best. This will not be lost time.
Then, when buying a new disk, carefully consider the amount of cache
built-in. Personally, I prefer a slower driver with a bigger cache: less
noise and vibrations, less heat, less wear.
- Minnie Bannister
November 16, 2004, 1:55 pm