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Need help identifying the right harddrive replacement

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#1 btbraun


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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:17 PM

I would like to replace my hard drive with 1TB but I am unsure how to select the correct one that will fit and work best in my laptop.
Below are the specs I pulled from the ASUS website right before I was hacked. Nice job ASUS - thanks.

Can anyone take me by the hand and walk me through this? Just tell me the details I need to look for and a recommendation as to where I should buy it online.
Thanks as always -

ASUS U46E Laptop

Processor Intel® Core™ i5 2520M/2410M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M Processor
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic
This version contains all product updates (SP1)
Chipset Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 GB SDRAM
Display 14.0" 16:9 HD (1366x768) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
Graphic Integrated Intel® GMA HD
Storage 2.5" SATA
750GB 5400/7200RPM
640GB 5400RPM
500GB 5400/7200RPM
320GB 5400RPM
Optical Drive Super-Multi DVD
Card Reader 4 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MS/ MS Pro/ MMC)
Camera 0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
Networking Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
Built-in Bluetooth™ V3.0 (Optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
Interface 1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Battery 8Cells 5900 mAh
8Cells 5200 mAh
4Cells 2950 mAh
Power Adapter Output :
19 V DC, 4.74 A, 65 W
Input :
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions 33.3 x 24.5 x 2.46 ~2.7 cm (WxDxH) (w/ 4cell battery)
Weight 2.08 kg (with 4 cell battery)
Security Kensington lock
BIOS Booting User Password Protection
HDD User Password Protection and Security
Manufacturer Warranty 2-year limited International hardware warranty. *different by country
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Windows® 7 ) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting
Note • ASUS cannot guarantee memory compatibility with other brands.
• 1GB is one billion bytes. 1TB is one trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity may be less. Hard drive capacity may be reserved for system recovery, while SSD partitions may be reserved for data storage, or for operating system sleep mode functionality to reduce power consumption.
• Actual WLAN performance may vary considerably based on hardware configuration, software, power management settings, environmental conditions, wireless connectivity and other factors. Maximum battery capacity normally decreases with time and use.
• Card reader is SDXC compatible.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by hamluis, 26 September 2012 - 07:57 AM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.

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#2 MDTechService


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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:39 PM

Go to www.newegg.com and search for "1 tb 2.5" sata"
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:38 PM


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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:40 AM

Then, of course, you'll need to clone the old drive to the new one and expand the partition.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:47 AM

I would suggest that you create multiple partitions on this large drive...rather than a single one.

Makes it a lot easier to do maintenance tasks (chkdsk /r and defrag) and allows for better segregation/storage of varied files.

Newegg, Tiger Direct, and Amazon are reliable, good sources of system hardware.


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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:21 AM


I have found multiple partitions confuse most users. Those that are not mindful of their file system don't ever use the second partition. Everything is left default. For enthusiast class users this makes sense because of the reasons you mentioned. Most users won't ever perform a chkdsk /r and seeing his OS is 7, basic defrag duties will be handled behind the scenes.

just my .02 worth

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