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Old 09-14-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I was looking for this at NewEgg, but didn't find it. Any other recommendations? Could be it's still a bit new for mass sales.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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Yeah, you're ahead of the curve. I'd wager November before you'll find one.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Tek, I've never installed a HD. Is it pretty much plug and play, since it's only a 120 gig drive?

er, that is, aside from moving stuff from one to another...

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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plug it in, turn the machine on and format it. Pretty much that easy.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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What is it going to be installed in?
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Windows Version: Windows XP (5.1.2600) Home
License Information: TOSHIBA A55S306
System Name: Satellite A55
Processor Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.50GHz
Videocard Name: Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller
Installed Memory: 2,030.80 MB
Number of Installed Programs: 297 programs
Number of Running Processes: 61 processes
Internet Explorer Version: 7.0.5730.11 (0)
DirectX Version: 4.09.00.0904
Office Version: 11.0.8173.0

BTW I've been reconsidering the size and thinking about getting a bigger one than 120g. It seems to methat as time goes by, the amount of space left is getting smaller at an increasing rate. So if I decide to split the HD into two parts, putting Linux in one partition and XP in the other, then I won't be crying about getting low in space later on.

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Old 09-16-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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I got to wondering if this could really be meant for laptops. It may be that the power issue would have to somehow be addressed. The news release said, "...
for integration into portable media players, camcorders and mobile PCs..."

It may be that by mobile PC's, they are talking about those little tablets, and that I may have to reconsider.

BTW, the guy who wrote one of the defrag programs (JKDefrag) was of the opinion that a bigger or faster HD (I'm paraphrasing a bit) would have more of an impact on performance than more RAM.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:07 AM
 
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I got to wondering if this could really be meant for laptops. It may be that the power issue would have to somehow be addressed. The news release said, "...
for integration into portable media players, camcorders and mobile PCs..."

It may be that by mobile PC's, they are talking about those little tablets, and that I may have to reconsider.

BTW, the guy who wrote one of the defrag programs (JKDefrag) was of the opinion that a bigger or faster HD (I'm paraphrasing a bit) would have more of an impact on performance than more RAM.
It all depends....

If you have an older, slower drive, or it's almost full, then of course it will speed up the PC. If it's almost full, then a bigger drive will help more than RAM. If it's an older 5400 rpm drive, then jumping to a 7200 rpm drive will give a boost.

The reason a full drive causes the computer to slow down is that your computer has a large file (page file, or swap file) on the hard drive that it uses when you fill up RAM. For instance, if you have 256mb RAM and you open four RAM intensive programs (Microsoft bloatware) it's likely that RAM is being completely used. The system then switches to the page file and swaps information in an out of it instead of RAM. Since HD access is so much slower than RAM your computer just ran into the "Wall of Molasses".

The best indicator of this condition is the HD light. You know, the one that lights up when your drive is reading or writing. If you notice your computer running slower than normal, watch this light. If it's on all the time, you just went past that wall. In this case you need more RAM.

If the PC is just always slow, even when only one program is open, or you see the drive light on all the time, then it's time to check the drive for available space. If the drive is nearing the full mark you lose the swap file space and the PC is really working hard to swap out data because it has to do it in smaller chunks. Bigger drive this time.

As for the use of that drive in a laptop. Not sure.

Here's a page of various drives for laptops. They are all SATA, and I'm not up on what laptops will take, so check first. Note that 19 of the 21 are 3.0GB/s.

Newegg.com - 7200 RPM, Laptop Hard Drives, Hard Drives, Computer Hardware (http://tinyurl.com/5vdtpa - broken link)
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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Thank you Kuharai. That was fast!
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