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February 26, 2009 6:08:11 PM

Hey i have a HP DV4-1220us check out at http://www.shopping.hp.com/store/product/product_detail...;HHOJSID=0yG2JmFGs3rMCd7hwp6KSJTtdyhDHLj4ryyFykK2B1QGn3Gy4Mzp!1383827716?jumpid=in_r329_personalization/browse1/home_PDP


It has a removable DVD tray. its for weight reduction. i was planning on buying a external HHD drive but before i do that i wanted to explore the option of using the removable tray for a extra Hard drive.

my major concern is will it work if i did that. the drive has a weird connection...from what i got its a ..... (Serial ATA (SATA) interface, 12.7mm size)

Also i wanted know what would be the best hard drive to go with it.

Thanks.

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February 27, 2009 7:12:49 PM

the removable trays should take any standard 2.5 inch sata drives..

the "Best" drives you'll see out there are currently the SLC based solid state drives. fast, no rotating platters to get messed up from bumps and small drops, and generally less power consumption ( longer battery life) than a platter based drive. but they are expensive.

the mlc based solid state drives arent great for multi read/write operations but still good and less expensive than slc drives but still significantly more than a standard platter based drive..

other than that just find a drive with the capacity you need. i'd recommend a 5400 rpm drive over the 7200 rpm drives unless you really need the slightly lower seek times.

that laptop supports esata so if you are going to get an external drive make sure it supports that interface as its significantly faster than usb
February 27, 2009 7:33:15 PM

The hard drive is the biggest bottle neck in all of todays laptops.

I just repaired a HP DV6000 and the HDD only does 28MB/s transfer speeds. I made it run as fast as I can without getting a new HDD.

My little eee PC is way faster then this HP I just worked on because I have a OCZ SSD in my netbook.

In a laptop you want 2G minimum ram and a fast hard drive. Laptops have so much potential if the hard drives were faster.

I love my little etbook after upgrading the ram and HDD.

I dont think you can plug a HDD in where the DVD drive is.
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February 27, 2009 9:57:37 PM

roadrunner197069 said:

In a laptop you want 2G minimum ram and a fast hard drive. Laptops have so much potential if the hard drives were faster.


thats pretty much the rule with any system


I dont think you can plug a HDD in where the DVD drive is.
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I dont think you can plug a HDD in where the DVD drive is.


most of the major vendors make a HDD to media bay tray. i know dell and lenovo ( thinkpads) offer this. i'd be really suprised if there wasnt an hp option.
they can also be used for second batteries in on alot of lap's.

February 27, 2009 10:15:03 PM

Ignatowski said:
thats pretty much the rule with any system



most of the major vendors make a HDD to media bay tray. i know dell and lenovo ( thinkpads) offer this. i'd be really suprised if there wasnt an hp option.
they can also be used for second batteries in on alot of lap's.



If its the rule, why dont they come that way?


Post links to these media bay trays.
March 1, 2009 4:48:15 PM

Ignatowski said:
the removable trays should take any standard 2.5 inch sata drives..

the "Best" drives you'll see out there are currently the SLC based solid state drives. fast, no rotating platters to get messed up from bumps and small drops, and generally less power consumption ( longer battery life) than a platter based drive. but they are expensive.

the mlc based solid state drives arent great for multi read/write operations but still good and less expensive than slc drives but still significantly more than a standard platter based drive..

other than that just find a drive with the capacity you need. i'd recommend a 5400 rpm drive over the 7200 rpm drives unless you really need the slightly lower seek times.

that laptop supports esata so if you are going to get an external drive make sure it supports that interface as its significantly faster than usb




Thanks.....i would like to make my laptop a lot faster to be honest....i have 4GB ram...the SSD sounds like a good choice but would it work with my Laptop? If not what other options do i have?

BC i could replace my HHD with the SSD if that would work and use the HHD as the extra storage.

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March 1, 2009 4:51:13 PM

To use SSD you just got to make sure your HDD is a sata and not ide.
March 3, 2009 6:01:52 PM

roadrunner197069 said:
To use SSD you just got to make sure your HDD is a sata and not ide.


they make IDE SSD's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Post links to these media bay trays.

thinkpad ide http://www.provantage.com/lenovo-43r1980~7LEN906W.htm
thinkpad sata http://reviews.pricegrabber.com/laptop-accessories/m/15...

dell ide http://www.buy.com/prod/dell-8t687-a00-8t687-a00-dell-2...
dell sata http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_i...


a quick search didnt give me HP results but then again tracking down HP part numbers is always fun.

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If its the rule, why dont they come that way?


for the same reason not all tv's support 1080p. and not all mustangs use the same engine. and .....
its so they can charge you more for it. they sucker you in with the $500 laptop then when you get it equipped right its $1000



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