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02-02-2010 03:18 AM
I want to replace the 100 GB factory hard drive in my dv9005us Notebook PC. Will any of the following hard drives work?
Western Digital - Scorpio 320GB Internal SATA Hard Drive for Laptops Model: WD3200KTRTL | SKU: 8909586
SATA interface; 16MB cache; 7200 rpm; data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
Western Digital - 320GB Internal Hard Drive for Laptops Model: WD3200BEVT | SKU: 8679762
Serial ATA interface; WhisperDrive technology; ShockGuard technology; data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps; 8MB buffer
Western Digital - Scorpio Blue 500GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Laptops Model: WD5000BEVTRTL | SKU: 9172799
Serial ATA interface; 5400 rpm; 3 Gbps data transfer rate
A few days ago, I purchased a
Seagate - Momentus 500GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Laptops Model: ST905003N3A1AS-RK | SKU: 9326428
Serial ATA interface; quiet operation; 3 Gbps; 16MB buffer
from Best Buy, but I am going to return it because there have been firmware problems with some Seagate drives and the box it came in says that it contains a 5 year warranty but the only thing inside was the drive.
Can I use a 7200 rpm 16MB buffer drive in my computer?
Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.
02-02-2010 07:00 AM
I can't recommend Wester Digital enough. They make the best consumer hard drives out there to date, and they back their product with a 5 year warranty. I have had over 20 of their hard drives over the last decade, not one of them has failed me.
I would recommend that you get the WD Scorpio Black though, it is the fastest HD they make for a notebook. Here is the link:
At $75 it is a steal as well.
02-02-2010 04:14 PM
The Seagate is warranted for 5 years and will likely work for you but there have been some issues on the dv9000 series with all 500 gig drives. Any of the WD 320 gig drives will work, including the 16 meg cache 7200 rpm models.
02-05-2010 12:10 AM
02-05-2010 05:18 AM
Only a little more than a similar 5400 based on pure physics....but the current model 7200 rpm drives generate less heat than the 5400s that would have been original equipment on that laptop.
02-06-2010 10:01 PM
Thanks again to everyone who has responded thus far. Based on your advice, I will likely purchase the 16MB cache/7200 rpm WD Scorpio 320GB drive, but I need another question answered first. The following was posted on the Best Buy site under Customer Reviews for the drive in question:
"This is a great drive. Speed, speed, speed and low power. Tested it in a SATA FW800 sled and get speeds as fast as 3.5" drives.
Why does it get a 1 star for ease of installation? Because WD is shipping the BEJT and BKJT models interchangeably in the same retail box. Why does this matter? Because these drives are NOT interchangeable. If your laptop has built in "drop" detection, and you get a BKJT, you may have major problems, as it has it's own drop protection. The "E" model doesn't. So, depending on your laptop, you either want the E or you want the K, but on the outside of the box, they don't tell you if it's a K or E. Bad form on WD's part. For me, that made installation IMPOSSIBLE.
(note, this is why some reviewers are in conflict, as some got one model, some the other model)
Have to return it. Will order the E from the internet as an OEM model, where you know what you are getting."
Do I need to be concerned about this potential problem?
02-08-2010 04:17 AM
Thanks Huffer. One last (hopefully) question: Will the 16MB cache/7200 rpm WD Scorpio 320GB drive work with both XP MCE and Vista? I'm having to do a dual boot, which is why I need a larger drive, and the System Requirements listed on the Best Buy site say "Windows Vista; Mac OS" but do not mention XP MCE.
02-08-2010 06:15 AM - edited 02-08-2010 06:15 AM
The hard drive size will not effect your ability to dual boot. I have used both tri and quad boot hard drive without issues. However, some laptop models have issues recognizing larger hard drives and some don't.