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Old 11-20-2006, 01:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Hard drive speeds 5400 and 7200?? What to do! Help!!

Hi, I have a question and I hope someone can help me. Im going to upgrade my computer by installing a second hard drive. I have seen some hard drives that are internal that are much cheaper that buying an external hard drive. According to someone I talked to I would have to purchase a hard drive that would not go over 5400rmp and the internal drives that I have seen on Bestbuy and all the other electronics stores are 7200. According to the person I talked to they said it would have to be a 5400 because my motherboard would not be able to read and it would not recognize the drive. I have an HP Pavilion a230n. If anyone could help and tell me if that is accurate?? Or is it better to go with an external hard drive??? I have tried to look for the information but Im not sure if Im looking in the right place!! Thanks a lot!

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Old 11-20-2006, 02:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i dont think that a p.4 mother board rejects the 7200rpm hard disks !
ask the customer care at hp help center !

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Old 11-20-2006, 06:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Get 7200rpm. It is the interface that matter, not the rotational speed.

Check if your motherboard supports (P)ATA or SATA and get a drive with one of those interfaces.
If you want to go external, you need an external hard disk enclosure (again, (P)ATA(100/133) or SATA). These enclosures mostly connect to your USB port.

Using the disk as an external disk will be slower, especially if you don't have USB2.0 (eg USB1.1).
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yea 7200RPM is the standard speed these days.....5400rpm is reserved mainly for older laptops.....but if you really want fast check out the 10,000RPM raptor hdds.

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Old 11-20-2006, 03:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've taken a look at the a230n - there is NO ISSUE with installing a 7200 RPM Drive into your computer. For best Performance, make sure you configure your drives in the following manner:

Primary: Original HDD

Primary: NEW HDD
Secondary: Empty or other CD ROM/DVD BURNER.
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