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#1 onlyforyou

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:13 AM

I have Toshiba Tecra M5 (bought 3.5 years ago) running Windows 7 (beta) now. Currently I have 80GB HDD installed. I would like to upgrade my harddrive for more space (say 400-500GB). Any suggestions and recommendations for brand, type and configuration (for a better performance). I also found that there are 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s SATA hard discs. I believe my laptop has 1.5 one, does 3 Gb/s will work here and what are the main differences. Here I am attaching detailed configuration of current HDD. I will happy to provide additional info, if required, about my laptop.
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Device Description
TOSHIBA MK8032GSX ATA Device
MATbleepA DVD-RAM UJ-841S ATA Device
ATA Channel 0
ATA Channel 1
Intel® 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller - 27C4
Field Value
Device Properties
Driver Description TOSHIBA MK8032GSX ATA Device
Driver Date 21/6/2006
Driver Version 6.1.7077.0
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File disk.inf

Disk Device Physical Info
Manufacturer Toshiba
Hard Disk Name MK-8032GSX
Form Factor 2.5"
Formatted Capacity 80 GB
Disks 2
Recording Surfaces 4
Physical Dimensions 100 x 69.85 x 9.5 mm
Max. Weight 101 g
Average Rotational Latency 5.55 ms
Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Max. Internal Data Rate 429 Mbit/s
Average Seek 12 ms
Track-To-Track Seek 2 ms
Full Seek 22 ms
Interface SATA
Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 150 MB/s
Buffer Size 8 MB
Spin-Up Time 4 sec

Device Manufacturer
Company Name Toshiba Corp., Storage Device Division
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:54 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145257

I tend to go for Hitachis for notebook drives.

I don't think you can go wrong (from a reliability standpoint) with any manufacturer's latest 2.5" drives.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:06 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145257

I tend to go for Hitachis for notebook drives.

I don't think you can go wrong (from a reliability standpoint) with any manufacturer's latest 2.5" drives.

Thanks for reply. The link given points to a 3Gb/s HDD, does that makes any issue (interface etc) with laptop having 1.5Gb/s installed. Other thing I would like to ask, can I use bootable CD of Acronis Home to write back the old hard drive image to new one inside the laptop. Or do I need to buy an external enclosure to copy the image prior to insert my new HDD.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 09:56 AM

Hi all,
I bought 500 GB Hitachi HDD yesterday, and after writing image of old HDD I successfully booted system. The the disc has following two partitions:
1) C: 447 GB NTFS Healthy (System boot.........crash dump, Primary partition
2) 21 GB Healthy (Primary partition)

My question is what is this partition 2 for? Is it safe to remove? My old HDD had two partitions but i created image from main partition only (the other one was recovery partition). I wonder how two partitions came into new HDD.
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 11:54 AM

I guess my question would be...how did you accomplish this "image"?

That should be the answer to any partitions that currently exist.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 11:52 PM

I guess my question would be...how did you accomplish this "image"?

That should be the answer to any partitions that currently exist.

Louis

I used acronis true image home to create image on external enclosure. Yesterday I did partitioning and reduced the size of this segment to 3GB from 21 GB (partition has only 2.5GB data). Other question, what is the maximum number of partitions I can have. What software do I need to create multi boot system (say up to 3).
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