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Thread: So I am thinking about upgrading my HD in my notebook...

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    I have an 80 gig 5400rpm drive in my M6809 emachines notebook .
    I love the computer but sometimes I am underwhelmed at how fast the computer is with a fast CPU (3200+ 64bit AMB). I blame the lack of jaw droping performance on the hard drive.

    Having worked a long time setting up my computer with all the programs that I want, installed properly with virtual drives, or the right keys, etc. I don't want do that all over again.

    A couple questions:

    Is there a program that will let me mirror my entire drive, so I don't have to re-install any of my programs, and update all my settings?

    What are my options above a 7200 rpm drive? Are any of them affordable? I don't want to spend more than a couple hundred dollars.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    No suggestions?

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    Virtualbody1234's Avatar Forum Star BT Rep: +2
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    Norton Ghost for mirroring.

    As for the slowness... Are you sure it's the hard drive that makes it feel slow?

    Here is a 7200 RPM mobile hard drive with 8 MB cache: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...919&CatId=1277

    Be aware that your battery life will be shortened with a faster drive.

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    yeah i am sure it is the HD. It runs great except when loading programs, or playing games off the HD that load a lot of levels.

    Are there any external options that would be faster than my 5200 rpm drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Norton Ghost for mirroring.

    As for the slowness... Are you sure it's the hard drive that makes it feel slow?

    Here is a 7200 RPM mobile hard drive with 8 MB cache: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...919&CatId=1277

    Be aware that your battery life will be shortened with a faster drive.
    VB that norton ghost is great ! Just tryed it Wed. My friend has a new computer, with a dvd burner it was the last program I installed, so it was a good time for me to try .

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    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss
    VB that norton ghost is great ! Just tryed it Wed. My friend has a new computer, with a dvd burner it was the last program I installed, so it was a good time for me to try .
    yep, and restoring is suprisingly fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossco_2004
    yep, and restoring is suprisingly fast!

    Ya rossco less than 15 minuets to burn ! Only reason I'd add a dvd burner.

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    i used Acronis Migrate Easy to copy my old HDD to my new HDD.........

    works perfectly cause it makes an EXACT copy of your HDD............

    i would really recomend that over norton ghost (which is in my experience more of a hassle to work with, as it isnt really meant for this purpose)

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    Quote Originally Posted by healimonster
    yeah i am sure it is the HD. It runs great except when loading programs, or playing games off the HD that load a lot of levels.

    Are there any external options that would be faster than my 5200 rpm drive?
    Getting back on subject from dvd-burners to porn burners.Yes there are USB hard drives you can get.7200 and 10,000 rpm with 8MB cache is what you should find,let alone look for.The only thing about a 10k rpm drive is the size is fairly set,in terms of i have only seen a 36 or 74 GB drive.Not 20,40,60,80,120 GB in size like the 72 or 54 rpm drives.Its lovely how things get off tracj over "Norton" the ass of all virus software.Tell then adieu
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