I'm getting ready to upgrade my M1710's os to Ultimate x64 and am thinking about doing the hard drive at the same time, since it only came with an 80GB drive and is 80% full.
First, brand. I would normally go straight to WD for a hard drive but I've been hearing and reading that Seagate is the sort of king of the yard in the way of laptop drives. Is this true??
More importantly, from what I understand, the M1710 is only compatible with SATA I and not SATA II. Does this mean a SATA II drive won't work at all, or does it mean that I just won't see the benefit? I'd really like to buy for the future and just go ahead and buy a SATA II high performance drive with tons of space that I can just pop out and use in another machine if I upgrade later. Is this possible?
They are backward compatible. Some of the laptop sata hard drives have a jumper on them to set SATA150 or SATA300..
some automatically detect it.
Good luck on your upgrade!
I opted for the Seagates ( i was strictly a WD guy, but these seagates are very nice and fast ) oh yeah.. mine had the jumpers on them to change from SATA150 to SATA300.. heres a link to the drives I currently have in my system
Seagate 7200rpm 200Gb
Thats the exact same drive I am looking at. Actually, I am torn. Since I don't use this computer for much other than basic stuff (no gaming, or anything that's all that tasking on the system), I am wondering if I should step down to a 5400rpm drive that will run cooler, and draw less power, plus, I can get a larger drive too. Seagates, ST903203N1A2AS-RK looks just right for that purpose. Would I notice much of a performance drop between the two with basic computer use?
And there's the WD Scorpio series which looks really nice. Anyone reading this own one of those? I'd love to know if any of these drives we are discussing are more reliable or efficient than the others.
XPS (product red) M1530, A12 bios, Intel C2D T9300, 8 Gb (2x4) G-Skill Ram, 1 Gb Intel TCM, WD 320 7200 rpm hd, Intel 4945 wireless card, Sprint broadband card, bluetooth, x-fi express card, Hp Digital express card tuner, Vista Ultimate x64 sp2