07-26-2011 08:39 PM - edited 07-27-2011 05:50 AM
I own an HP G72 laptop (G72-B60US) and would like to know what the biggest hard drive is that it can handle without diminishing performance. The good folks at hp tell me a 750 GB/5400 rpm hdd is the limit. However they couldn't answer my deeper questions as they basically are reading from a script. Ideally I'd like to run a 1 TB/7200 rpm hdd or a 750 GB/7200 rpm hdd. I suspect if performance actually would suffer from a "too big" hard disc drive it's due to the limits of the processor. So if anyone knows for sure whether or not a large capacity 1TB/7200 rpm hard drive will work in my particular laptop, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
07-27-2011 09:07 AM
The problem is not the capacity or the speed of the drive it is the physical dimensions. Last time I checked, the 1 tb 2.5 inch drives are too thick to be used in laptops; they are more for servers and such. The largest capacity drives which are the same dimensions as your original drive (2.5 inches wide and 9 or 9.5 mm thick) is a 750 gig. You can safely use this drive, for example:
Ok I also checked newegg for 1 tb drives and they do have 1 tb 9.5 mm drives but nothing running at 7200 rpm; they are 5400s. Personally I would rather have the 750 gig 7200 rpm than a 1 TB 5400...I will only use 7200 rpm drives.