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yorbloke
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Hard drive upgrade HP Pavillon

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I have a HP 734.uk. (Pentium  4 2.66GHz)

I just put in 2GB of RAM and it really has made a difference. Very happy.

I now want to put in more storage memory.

It currently has a 80GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive.

i want 250GB or more. something like this below.

 

http://www.memoryc.com/storage/internalharddrive/500gbwesterndigitalcaviarblue16mb7200rpmsata.html

 

I was wondering what kind of interface has my hard drive..is it SATA.. IDE.. ATA...is it 3.5" or 2.5"  ?

Any thoughts people on this..?

 

I also was wondering is it worth my while upgrading my Graphics Card NDVIDIA GeForce4 mX-440 128MB to something else and is this possible.

 

I have €200 to spend MAXIMUM..(poor student) so cant afford to buy a really good PC for CS5 photo editing and using AVID for video editing.... so i must work on regardless.

 

Any help would be great thanks a lot people and greetings from Dublin Ireland.

 

Dave

 

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Re: Hard drive upgrade HP Pavillon

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Hi, Dave:

 

That is a rather dated PC.

 

You have already maxed out the memory.

 

I'm thinking you may not be able to exceed a 120 GB IDE Hard drive in that machine due to the BIOS limitations.

 

You have an AGP 4x slot. You could upgrade to a geForce 6200 256 MB AGP video card. That would give you some more oomph.

 

If you're not afraid to upgrade the processor, you could go to the Pentium 4 3.06/533/512 processor, which will allow for hyperthreading, and 400 Mhz more processing speed.

 

Did you ever consider the option of buying a used PC on eBay for the 200 euros?  I am sure you could get a much better one than you have now for that kind of money.

 

I only deal with HP business PC's, so I can't tell you what to look for in a consumer PC. But you could look on your own.

 

You can get a nice business PC like this for just a tad over your budget. It would run circles around what you have now.

 

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/DC7700-Tower-Desktop-Computer-PC-Dual-Core-3-4GHz-500GB-/250837433065?pt=UK_C...

 

Paul

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Re: Hard drive upgrade HP Pavillon

I own an older HP Pavilion 061 DW233A-ABA A520N 0nB1211RE101EXPL410 and I would like to install an additional harddrive. Please advise what limitations in size etc. I  have for this project. Thanks

 

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Big_Dave
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Re: Hard drive upgrade HP Pavillon

Hi CjoLars,

 

Please stay on your original post so others will know what has been suggested and your responses.

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Re: Hard drive upgrade HP Pavillon

Hi:

 

Your PC comes with a 160 GB 7,200 RPM IDE hard drive.

 

I would think you would  be fine installing a 160, 250, 320 and maybe even a 500 GB 7,200 RPM IDE hard drive.

 

Here is the link to the upgrading and servicing guide for your PC which will provide guidance for installing additional hardware.

 

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00065391.pdf

 

Paul

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Thank you so much for the information. I am planning to make my own external harddrive with an internal harddrive enclosed in an external harddrive case. This will allow easy solution of a dead original harddrive. I will "clone" my C drive onto this second harddrive. I want to be able to replace a broken internal drive with my external/internal harddrive.

 

What might be the limitations on the upside...speed,size, connectivity? Motherboard issues? Size issues? I am trying to get all this information into my head. Just learned about PATA and SATA etc. Like a foreign language to learn. But I love the research.

 

Another question is wether I should go with 2.5" or 3.5" and wether the case needs to be the same size as the drive? Some seem to suggest that 2.5 runs cooler. How important is the heat issue for the life of the drive. I definately do want a drive that lasts more than a drive of size.

 

Thanks again

 

(My desktop PC  HP Pavilion 061 DW233A-ABA A520N 0nB1211RE101EXPL410: " Your PC comes with a 160 GB 7,200 RPM IDE hard drive.

 

I would think you would  be fine installing a 160, 250, 320 and maybe even a 500 GB 7,200 RPM IDE hard drive.")



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Paul_Tikkanen
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Hi:

 

The drive in your PC is a 3.5" drive.

 

Sorry but I don't know much about drive enclosures.

 

I know you can get 2.5" solid state drives and put them in a 3.5" bay/enclosure with an adapter, so I imagine you can do the same with a 2.5" notebook drive.

 

If it were me, I would just install a second 3.5" desktop hard drive in the empty 3.5" drive bay, connect it to the middle IDE cable connector, plug the power connector to it and be done with it.

 

Paul

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