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Hardware Upgrade Question

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by craigie, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Looking to do a slight upgrade to my laptop, so I can run 6 x Virtual Machines, 4 x Server and 2 x Clients using Vista Ultimate x64 Bit :D

    The spec of my laptop is:

    Microprocessor AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60
    Memory 4096 MB (2 x 2048 MB)
    Video Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 256MB
    Hard Drive 120 GB (5400 rpm)
    Multimedia Drive Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
    Display 17" WXGA+ High Definition BrightView Widescreen (1440 x 900)

    Just purchased one of these monitors a moment ago. To run dual displays, I'm thinking two Virtual Machines open for use on the 22" Monitor and one opened for use on my lappie screen, with the others minimised.

    The bit I need the advice is for two new hard drives, I'm looking for:

    2 x 320GB 2.5inch SATA Drives

    According to Tom's Hardware these two are pretty dang good at around £70.00 each:

    Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 16MB Cache
    Seagate Momentus 320GB 7200.3 16 MB Cache

    Any advice from you hardware junkies would be really appreciated :D
     
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  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    What laptop you got ? :D
     
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  3. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    HP Pavillion.

    I currently run 4 x Virtual Machines all the time 3 x Servers and 1 x Client using Vista Ultimate 32 bit (only shows 3GB of RAM hence why I'm going to get x64 Ultimate).

    Not the best, but its great for what I use it for, which is mainly studying :)
     
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  4. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

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    I am a bit of a fan of Western Digital drives. I have 4 x 3.5" drives in my main machine and one in an oldish test box. My laptop came with a Fujitsu drive that has had a lot of use and is still going strong.
     
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  5. -Mercury-

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    Hi craigie,

    Before purchasing the new drives I'd just do a quick Google search to see if other people have had success or problems upgrading the drives in your particular model laptop.

    A lot of the time laptop manufactures fit the slower 5400rpm drives because they run cooler. If you fit faster spinning drives there is a small possibility that you may develop heat problems resulting in an unstable machine.

    Give it a quick Google first.

    Hope this helps.

    Mercury
     
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