Go with a 7200 rpm drive if you can afford it - the extra performance is worth the money.
I've had good experience with Seagate and Western Digital. I'm very slightly less satisfied with Hitachi/IBM - but it's not a big thing.
Check how full your hard drive is now - if it's nearing full, then spring for the extra storage. If it's less than 1/4 full, then get the original size.
Use a cloning utility from the hard drive manufacturer's web page to clone the old drive to the new one. If possible, uninstall the hard drive in Device Manager before shutting down for the last time before making the clone - this will enable Windows to autodetect the new drive without problems. If this is too hard to do, then ensure that you have the Dell recovery CD's before starting this.
Edited by usasma, 26 January 2007 - 08:13 AM.
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