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Windows 7: Is this hard disk for a laptop or Notebook or does it not matter?


01 Oct 2012   #1

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Is this hard disk for a laptop or Notebook or does it not matter?

Samsung HM320II Spinpoint M7 459 note 2.5" 320 GB 8 MB 5400 rpm 4 2 SATA 3GB/s.
Is this hard disk for a laptop or Notebook or does it not matter?
I have done some searching a review on Amazon say it's great for a laptop or tower and I have seen playstation mentioned as well. It is second hand and it takes a while to start up took 5 minutes today to load my desktop, a black screen for 5 mins, it has been formatted and I don't know if it needs drivers! As I thought hard drives came with drivers installed.

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01 Oct 2012   #2

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Generally speaking a 2.5" hard drive (form factor) is laptop while 3.5" is desktop. Depending on how the enclosure or bay is designed, it's possible to put a 2.5" drive in a 3.5" enclosure or bay. As far as the slow boot times, you might want to run the usual maintenance/troubleshooting steps. Things like disk cleanup, check disk, defrag, system file checker scan, etc. Of course it might also be an indication that the drive is failing. These troublshooting tutorials could help diagnose the issue(s).

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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01 Oct 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Generally speaking a 2.5" hard drive (form factor) is laptop while 3.5" is desktop. Depending on how the enclosure or bay is designed, it's possible to put a 2.5" drive in a 3.5" enclosure or bay. As far as the slow boot times, you might want to run the usual maintenance/troubleshooting steps. Things like disk cleanup, check disk, defrag, system file checker scan, etc. Of course it might also be an indication that the drive is failing. These troublshooting tutorials could help diagnose the issue(s).

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
Ok thanks marsmimar getting fed up of computers, will have a look at the tutorials, what I did notice when installing was the 100mb partition that windows 7 creates did not get created and that was twice I installed it. Don't know if that means anything does it?
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01 Oct 2012   #4

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You might not need a new hard drive. Your issues sound more like software issues. Hard drives don't need drivers (as they are included in Windows). You also don't need to worry about the 100 MB partition. I don't create that, on purpose.
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01 Oct 2012   #5

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The reserved partition isn't always created. It depends on how Windows 7 is installed. If the reserved partition is created it will contain the boot files and recovery files. Otherwise they would be on the C: partition along with everything else. ( ***Sigh*** Yet another reason to love computers! ) Here's a real short previous Forum thread that talks about the reserved partition (or lack thereof.)

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01 Oct 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
The reserved partition isn't always created. It depends on how Windows 7 is installed. If the reserved partition is created it will contain the boot files and recovery files. Otherwise they would be on the C: partition along with everything else. ( ***Sigh*** Yet another reason to love computers! ) Here's a real short previous Forum thread that talks about the reserved partition (or lack thereof.)

Better to install Windows 7 with or without System Reserved Partition
Thanks marsmimar sfc scannow came out ok
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01 Oct 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
You might not need a new hard drive. Your issues sound more like software issues. Hard drives don't need drivers (as they are included in Windows). You also don't need to worry about the 100 MB partition. I don't create that, on purpose.
Thanks DeaconFrost
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