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Change hard drives for performance

I have a:
-Brand: Sony
-Model: Vaio VGN-AW350J
-OS: Win 7 Prem 64 (Original OS Windows Vista)
-CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 Processor (2.00GHz) FSB 1066 MHz,
-GPU: Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT Dedicated 512MB RAM
-Resolution:18.4-Inch XBRITE-Full HD Technology 1080P @ 60Hz HDMI Output
-RAM: 4GB DDR2 800 SDRAM (Max Supported 8GB)
-HD: 500GB SATA 5400rpm
-Optical Drive:Blu-Ray R/RW DVD+-R Double Layer / DVD±RW Drive
-Security:Biometric Fingerprint Sensor Platform Module (TPM) TCG Ver.1.2 compliant
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…)

Can I instal a:
SEAGATE 500GB MOMENTUS XT 4GB SSD HYBRID 32MB BUFFER 7200RPM NOTEBOOK HARD DRIVE - STAN500100. Will it give me better performance? If not what kind of HD can I get that will?
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  1. Hi.

    Performance for what?, games, applications, IE, documents....
  2. saint19 said:
    Hi.

    Performance for what?, games, applications, IE, documents....

    He did specify, "-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…)"
  3. Best answer
    Yes, you should be able to install a 500GB Momentus XT, and it should give noticeably better performance. It's not as good as an SSD, but it is quite a bit faster than a regular hard drive, especially a 5400rpm one.
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  5. cjl said:
    Yes, you should be able to install a 500GB Momentus XT, and it should give noticeably better performance. It's not as good as an SSD, but it is quite a bit faster than a regular hard drive, especially a 5400rpm one.



    Thank you for that but:
    Then what would be the best HD for my system? I just want to get the best one I can, you said "It's not as good as an SSD". Who makes a 500GB or higher SSD HD? and how much? I'm planning to Beef up this Laptop cause I won't be getting another for a while and want to upgrade what I can. For instance, I am also increasing the RAM to 8GB and would appreciate feedback on the best/fastest in that catagory. Could you take a look at what I have and tell me what parts I can change for more speed/performance cause I refuse to get another laptop after spending $1400 on this one a year ago I would rather upgrade as much as I can first. I love the 18.5 HD screen(don't make many anymore) but got screwed by not realizing the inportance of quad core technology. any advice you could give me would be helpful.
  6. PS: I realize laptops cant be upgraded much and should have a desktop, I like being portable and don't care if it weighs 10 pounds. I will be getting a desktop after I do this and will be using it as a learning experience when I buy my desktop.
  7. 500GB (more accurately, 512GB) SSDs do exist, but they are extremely expensive. Unless your hard drive budget is in the range of a thousand bucks, I would stick with the Seagate (which is the best combination of speed and capacity on the market right now, in my opinion).
  8. A 7,200 rpm 2.5" HDD will definitely perform better e.g.:
    Western Digital Scorpio Black:

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=130

    Click on "Specifications":

    Click Model # for Full Specs.

    Model # / Interface / Form Factor / RPM / Capacity Cache
    WD7500BPKT SATA 3 Gb/s 2.5 Inch 7200 16 MB 750 GB 16 MB
    WD5000BEKT SATA 3 Gb/s 2.5 Inch 7200 16 MB 500 GB 16 MB
    WD3200BEKT SATA 3 Gb/s 2.5 Inch 7200 16 MB 320 GB 16 MB
    WD2500BEKT SATA 3 Gb/s 2.5 Inch 7200 16 MB 250 GB 16 MB
    WD1600BEKT SATA 3 Gb/s 2.5 Inch 7200 16 MB 160 GB 16 MB


    If you use Internet browsers a lot, consider expanding your RAM
    in that laptop (if you can), and allocate 512MB-1GB at the upper end
    to a ramdisk using RamDisk Plus:

    http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlus.Review.htm

    Because you have a 64-bit OS, you can easily max your RAM up to the
    limit of your chipset.


    MRFS
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