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Internal Vs External Harddrive For Notebook


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#1 jjb924

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 10:16 PM

hello!
I have a Gateway 450SX4 laptop thats about 5 years old. pretty much i have zero space left since I havent upgraded it at all and i have a decent amount of music and pictures. its telling me i have about 1% left of my available 18.63 GB. ouch. So i want to get either an external or internal harddrive and also upgrade the memory. I looked at crucial.com for what would be compatible regarding the memory http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=450SX4.#

my question is pretty much do you think i can handle these upgrades myself or should i find someone else to do it? like how difficult are they on a scale of 1 to 10. my computer knowledge is average, but i was looking into using a kit for the transfer of the files if i decide to do the internal harddrive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...Enclosure%2bKit

which would be better for my needs (just music, photos, and email) an external or internal harddrive upgrade? for the external i would have to purchase a USB 2.0 card as well i think.

thanks in advance!!
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:28 AM

The easiest thing to do, would be to go with an external drive, and transfer all of your personal files (music and pictures) to it.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say it's about a 2.

This wouldn't involve you having to reinstall your Operating System, and all of your programs, on a new harddrive.

Also, to free up some space, remove any un-used programs.
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 10:07 AM

An external enclosure with it's own power supply will mean that it will not draw from the laptop resources thus not decreasing your normal amp hours.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:43 PM

thanks, that's very helpful, i'll go with the external




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