10-01-2013 09:25 AM
The hard drive on my 4-yr old HP-Pavilion p6204y desktop failed the SMART Short Self Test. I'm otherwise happy with the computer and would be happy to keep using it with a new HD.
The original drive is available as well as Seagate's Barracuda ST31000524AS. These two Seagate drives have a lot of bad reviews on Amazon--everything from early failure to poor firmware.
Can the Western Digital 1TB HD WD 10EZEX which has a much better review history be used as a plug-in substitute in my computer? The transfer rate is greater (6 gb/s compared to 3) and storage capacity (1TB as against 600gb). Are there any adjustments that need to be made if I switch to the WD HD?
I haven't done this type of thing before but the HP instructions look pretty straightforward.
Any suggestions and advice would be appreciated.
10-01-2013 01:38 PM
The WD will work in your system, at the older Sata2 3GB/s rate. The benefit will be the 64MB cache. The second surprise will be that both Seagate and WD offer their free cloning program "Disk Wizard".
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