Upgrading A Laptop HDD

I am considering upgrading my laptops hardrive. I currently have a 5400 RPM 500gb hdd. I was just wondering if upgrading to a 7200 RPM drive would give me much of a performance increase. I have 2 usable partitions on the drive, and a recovery partition. I have heard about drive cloning, but I have not heard if it can be done with multiple partitions. I would like to do this without installing Windows if possible. Thank you for your help in advance.
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  1. nguinn97 said:
    Also, are there any drives that you would recommend? I am also considering upgrading the RAM to 8gb from 4gb. Would this give me better performance than a hdd upgrade?


    This would fasten your PC yeah.
  2. Also, are there any drives that you would recommend? I am also considering upgrading the RAM to 8gb from 4gb. Would this give me better performance than a hdd upgrade?
  3. Not really good in this area but, I think
    1. Get a external Hard drive
    2. use something like norton ghost, then clone it to that, externaL HDD
    3. take old Hard drive out
    4. put new hard drive in lappy, then plug the USB HDD into the lappy
    5.go to bios, use boot order first is the USB then so on
    5. then copy the external one to the internal one in the Laptop.
  4. whats your budget?

    The 7200rpm drive will help a little, an SSD would transform your PC experience.

    Also if you re-image a new drive (how exactly, usb enclosure?, install both in a desktop?) it is the same hassle as a new OS install (but at least you save time with drivers and suchlike).
  5. How big is the drive? Yes, of course it's possible to make an image onto a new drive, but depending on its size, I would suggest an SSD
  6. How would you move the partitions to a new drive?
  7. do you have another computer? if not then you would need a device like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

    once the drive is connected, you run a software program like this - http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/acronis-true-image-review.html

    follow the instructions and it makes an exact copy of the contents on drive A to drive B. The catch (and this is why I asked you how big the HDD was) is that drive B needs to be at least the same size as drive A, if not larger, for it to work.

    here's a list of the top software available... http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
  8. Thank you, this helped me a lot.
  9. Hidream said:
    ...it has the feature directly migrate your current system to the new HDD without re-installing OS and re-configuring your programs...

    All disk-imaging software is designed to do that. You can see from the chart above that I posted, all the software provides "Copy Disk-to-Disk" and "Copy Byte-to-Byte"
  10. Getting the new HDD will help a little bit for accessing the data and upgrading the ram will help a good amount....i upgrades my laptop ram from 4 to 8 gb and i saw a huge increase on an already fast laptop :)
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