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Dell inspiron 9400 drive upgrade


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#1 footstuck

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 06:09 PM

Hi guys n gals,
I've got a Dell inspiron 9400 laptop with a sata 2 motherboard that does not support sata 3. I use it for music processing and run cubase 4 with various soft synths and a sample library. As such, when I had the machine built, I put an 80gb 7200rpm drive in for faster data retrieval. It has always been too small for me but but the data retrieval has been fine and my budget ran out at that point.
Now I have to replace it and would like to do this as efficiently as possible. I'm running xp but will be moving to win 7 shortly. I have been told that I can put a 500gb sata 3 drive in as a replacement and my motherboard will just choke it down to its fastest speed (I'm not sure if that is 1.5gb/s or 3gb/s). Is this correct. Also, as it's an old machine {4 1/2 years), is there any chance that the bios won't see the sata 3 drive. I just don't have a lot of dollar at the moment and I want to make the right decision.
Appreciate your thoughts,
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 07:24 PM

Hello Jon, the sata 3 hard drive would work in a sata 2 connection.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:18 AM

And is it correct that the transfer rate will be defined (bottlenecked) by the maximum throughput of the motherboards connection? ie will it give me at least the same transfer rate as the 7200rpm drive? Also will the xp os and dell bios see a drive of 500gb?

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 02:11 AM

No it won't be bottlenecked. It should roughly give you the same transfer rate. It should be able to detect the 500GB hard drive.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 31 August 2011 - 02:19 AM

Thanks Michael, you've been a great help. It's like anything, a bit of well informed knowledge is a real light in the dark. Cheers bud. :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 02:22 AM

No problems mate :thumbup2:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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