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Windows 7: Changing hdd to bigger. What should i know ?

10 Jan 2015   #1
szametu

Windows 7, x64, custom modification
 
 
Changing hdd to bigger. What should i know ?

Hiya guys

I'm thinking on replace my ( not so old ) hdd to bigger one. Now i've got 500 gig's but i'm thinking on 1Tb, even 1.5 Tb.

As i've never use such a big hdd's before, is there is anything i should be worried about ? Are they reliable to use and not breaking down often ? If this can help, here's my laptop model:

Dell XPS L720X .


I'm using good laptop cooler if this can change anything. If you need any other information i have not mention here, please tell me.

cheers in advance for your help


szametu


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10 Jan 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

There's nothing unusual about them. Just get one of the same form factor as you now have so you know it will fit.

Like any other hard drive, it could fail at any time, so have some sort of a backup--preferably for both the Windows installation and your personal data.

You might consider partitioning it in such a way that you can put Windows and applications on one partition and your personal data on another--and then back each of those up separately.
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10 Jan 2015   #3
szametu

Windows 7, x64, custom modification
 
 

yes i know that. cheers. But i was thinking about more about do they work louder than the one with smaller capability, or are they heating easier then others.

cheers

szametu
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10 Jan 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I noticed in you system specs.

Quote:
Computer type Laptop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
OS Windows 7, x64, custom modification
Laptops normally come with a 5400 rpm hard drive or a ssd.

The faster a hard drive runs the more heat it produces. So for laptop they don't use 7200 or 10000 rpm hard drives.

Laptops are very poor at removing heat.

Could you explain in more detail what this means. Just curious what custom modifications are.

Quote:
OS Windows 7, x64, custom modification
Do you plan on needing a larger hard drive or is it just something you want?
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10 Jan 2015   #5
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

No difference in noise, regardless of capacity. High performance drives will be slightly hotter than standard performance or "green" drives, but not by much.

The only difference a user would notice between a 120GB - 3.5" drive and a 4TB - 3.5" drive is the label. The 4TB may be a few ounces heavier.

Ah ... laptop. Good catch Bear.
Listen to the Bear!
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10 Jan 2015   #6
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

for a laptop you may want to look into one of the hybrid drives with built-in SSD. WD now has one.
Remember the HDD will be the slowest part in your laptops. speed that up and your entire laptop will speed up.

also check if your laptop has one of those mini-slot SSD.

I'm sure you will agree when you ever use a PC with SSD, you never ever want to go back to HDD for your OS.

I think the low rpm for laptops is just a lame excuse by OEM. I have a 2005 laptop with 7200 rpm and it never had heat or noise problems. It still appears faster than brand new laptops with 5400 rpm (unless they have more than the 2 Gb I have)
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10 Jan 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

That is why I asked this question in post #4.

Quote:
Do you plan on needing a larger hard drive or is it just something you want?
If one doesn't need more than 500 gig a SSD for operating system and programs and the existing 500 gig hard drive for a external data storage would be my choice.

I have no idea whether the hard drive speed the manufactures choose is a lame excuse.

I have not tested all the laptop or all the hard drives one can use to know for sure.
I do know that is the reason they state. I would guess that it depends on the hard drive and which laptop it is installed.
Some laptop dissipate heat better than others.
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11 Jan 2015   #8
szametu

Windows 7, x64, custom modification
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I noticed in you system specs.

Could you explain in more detail what this means. Just curious what custom modifications are.

Quicker boot time ( work in progress ), less services on startup ( this can be / will be changed under rmb and you will be asking do you need this ? or that ? and so on. once you've done it, they will be stoped and windows will be reboted. but if you need one of them again, rmb, choose yes and after reboot they back again. park control as a small add on. boosting your pc for games ( turning everything what you don't need off under one click.

ability to clean up windows, after you have use windows update, or when you have update your drivers, and so on - again under one click.


and there is more. most of it ( about 75% ) is still work in progress and have not been finished yet lol
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11 Jan 2015   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quick boot time = SSD

Thanks for your response to my post.
Be very careful with Windows Services

I have no idea what rmb is.

Are you using some sort of a program to do these custom modifications; if so what and from where?
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11 Jan 2015   #10
szametu

Windows 7, x64, custom modification
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Quick boot time = SSD

Thanks for your response to my post.
Be very careful with Windows Services

I have no idea what rmb is.

Are you using some sort of a program to do these custom modifications; if so what and from where?

i know about ssd, but it's not so easy to do it in laptop lol


rmb - right mouse button.


i'm running windows on VM and then, after find on what sort of services i don't use i'm turning them off. if windows on VM works fine, it's beign build into image, burn on dvd, installed on my laptop ( and few others who want to give it a try ) and i see how it works as a normal, every day system. if something isn't right, recovery image with regular windows, and back to drawing table.

it's just for me really. get bored so i though i can do it as long it keeps me into it. But as 10 coming to be released soon, i think i'll not stay with 7 for too long.
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