Re: [Sotec_Averatec_Notebook] Hard drive upgrade lessons learned
- I put an Hatachi 7200 rpm in mine and it's been great. I used a different transfer method. I bought a small IDE adapter so I could connect the original Sotec HDD to my desktop. I then used Norton Ghost to place an image of the drive on the desktop HDD. Having done that, I connected the new laptop HDD to the adapter and restored the image. The whole process took about an hour and there were no glitches. I could saved even more time if I had spring for two adapters and done a direct transfer.
Chris <rdi_caveman@...> wrote:Well I upgraded my wife's 3120x from a 4200 rpm 20G drive to a 5400
rpm 80G drive and the difference is tremendous. Everything is
quicker. I also learned a lot of lessons.
1. Damn! USB 1.1 is slow. It took 5 1/2 hours to copy the 20G
partition from the old drive to the new drive. I bought an 80G
external USB drive and copied the existing partition to it, then
swapped drives and now I have a 20G external drive.
2. It's really easy to swap drives -- just unscrew 8 screws from the
bottom of the laptop so you can lift off the cover that has the
touch pad and speakers. Remove the rubber block between the drive
and the USB ports and you can just lift and pull out the hard
drive. It is in a little tray with a piece of tape that lets you
get a handle on it. Four screws hold the drive in the tray - very
simple, very easy.
3. Once I copied the partition, I thought I would just use Windows
XP disk management tools to extend the partition. WRONG!!! My
drive partition was formated as NTSF and Windows will not extend a
primary boot NTSF partition. Well, the whole point was to have a
bigger C: drive so I looked into other solutions.
4. GParted http://gparted. sourceforge. net did the trick -- I booted
up the GParted Live CD, expanded the partition, rebooted into
Windows, let it recognise the new hardware, rebooted again, let it
run chkdsk and I was good to go.
BUT, it didn't all go so easily the first time around.
Unfortunately, the first time I tried to run GParted I couldn't get
ti to boot from the CD (a problem I also ran into when copying the
partition but worked around by booting from a USB floppy). I ended
up using a different program which extended my partition alright,
but messed up the boot record. I spent all night trying to fix it
and eventually had to reinstall windows. That messed up some
drivers and lost SP2 changes so I bailed and started over. The big
lesson was that if I burn CDs at 4x speed or less I can boot from
them and I will probably switch back to Memorex CDs which I have had
no problems with in the past. I eventually gave up and copied the
partition a second time - another 5 1/2 hours, then used GParted
which worked great.
The speed difference is impressive. I would highly recommend an
upgrade to anyone. I can't imagine what a difference a 7200 rpm
drive would make, although I don't know if that would take enough
more power to significantly reduce run time on batteries.
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