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I upgraded a 120 gB drive to 500 gB

It does seem to have made an improvement. My little netbook seems to be better coping at opening more than a handful of browser windows. (I realise some ram would be more helpful, but anyway the reason I did it was also, there has been some flaw somewher in my computer since I bought it, that causes it to blackout once a month or so, ans as I had the capacity in the sb drive anyway, it made sense to put it inside)

The trouble is, battery life has gone from 4.5 hours, to 3.5 hours.

Is this to be expected, due presumably to the increased weight of the disc?

As I took the disc out of a newish usb external drive. Are they possibly different from internal ones?

There seem to be two speeds that discs run at (cant rmember, but 5000 and 7000 rpm or something). Would that be important to keep the same?

Do I need to look at drivers? It always seems to be just the MS drivers that run the discs.

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I upgraded a 120 gB drive to 500 gB

It does seem to have made an improvement. My little netbook seems to be better coping at opening more than a handful of browser windows. (I realise some ram would be more helpful, but anyway the reason I did it was also, there has been some flaw somewher in my computer since I bought it, that causes it to blackout once a month or so, ans as I had the capacity in the sb drive anyway, it made sense to put it inside)

The trouble is, battery life has gone from 4.5 hours, to 3.5 hours.

Is this to be expected, due presumably to the increased weight of the disc?

As I took the disc out of a newish usb external drive. Are they possibly different from internal ones?

There seem to be two speeds that discs run at (cant rmember, but 5000 and 7000 rpm or something). Would that be important to keep the same?

Do I need to look at drivers? It always seems to be just the MS drivers that run the discs.

Many thanks

if you wanted to speed it up , you should have bought an ssd drive and stick some more ram in it 3gb max if you are running 32bit o/s

larger drive will not speed it up at all unless the 120gb was maxxed out, it was probably the reinstallation of the o/s that speeded it up

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I recently swopped out a 500gb hard drive and replaced it with a 128gb one and it now flies along. This was an old unused net-book I was considering binning.

The 128gb was of course a SSD.

Sounds like you needed to clear your cookies/internet history, delete some old files on that drive (120Gb) to free up space for the swop file. An upgrade as you have described would not normally improve the PC's speed. You now have a new drive with plenty of space on and although it seems to be faster you could probably have achieved the same by clearing out the old drive.

Smaller SSD's (120Gb) can now be got for <£40 if you keep your eye open. Put one of them in and as much ram as you can afford and watch it motor along.

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Maybe your replacement is a faster spinning drive, which may increase power consumption to improve access speeds.

Maybe worth checking the power management of the disk in the control panel - hardware - power - advanced options to see if anything changed, or perhaps you can modify it to eek out more when on battery.

I am not an expert!

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It's not necessarily, faster, but things used to begin to freeze up if I opened up ten or so browser pages.

The problem may have been swap file and cookies. I did notice the swap file was totally fragmented (probaly about 15 fragments) and didn't seem to want to unfragment.

The c drive was a 30gb partition, that did occasionally fill up, but I had cleaned it to about half full

It is not a new install, but a clone from 6 months ago.

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It's not necessarily, faster, but things used to begin to freeze up if I opened up ten or so browser pages.

The problem may have been swap file and cookies. I did notice the swap file was totally fragmented (probaly about 15 fragments) and didn't seem to want to unfragment.

The c drive was a 30gb partition, that did occasionally fill up, but I had cleaned it to about half full

It is not a new install, but a clone from 6 months ago.

ah right

it will fly with an ssd and a fresh install

well worth 40-50 quid for a drive

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Recently switched to ssd bootup in particular absolutlely flying - which menas I am more likely to reboot to clear any memory leaks / logjams too, another performnce benefit. Buy a cheap usb drive caddy and use the 500gb for REGULAR backups, the second best thing you can do after the ssd disk / memory upgrade.

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With that smashing increase in capacity, you can get new hard porn on the new hard disk! Do not watch it all at once! :D

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if you wanted to speed it up , you should have bought an ssd drive and stick some more ram in it 3gb max if you are running 32bit o/s

larger drive will not speed it up at all unless the 120gb was maxxed out, it was probably the reinstallation of the o/s that speeded it up

I've just bought a hybrid for my old laptop which was a bit sluggish. I didn't fancy a full SSD and I can say there has been a big improvement on the previous 500gb drive, the bottlenecks appear to have gone.

However I think even upgrading from a 120gb to a 500gb you should see an improvement if there is a larger cache and the platter should be more condensed than the smaller drive.

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bigger hard drives are naturally faster as they cram more data into the tracks, they spin at the same speeds therefore data can come off a bit quicker.

Furthermore, reinstalling the OS will make the lappy a bit faster too.

most laptop HDDS are 5400 rpm, but there are some 7200rpm ones that will use more power, and of course, be quicker.

batteries will lose capacity over time.

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I've just bought a hybrid for my old laptop which was a bit sluggish. I didn't fancy a full SSD and I can say there has been a big improvement on the previous 500gb drive, the bottlenecks appear to have gone.

However I think even upgrading from a 120gb to a 500gb you should see an improvement if there is a larger cache and the platter should be more condensed than the smaller drive.

proper ssd drives are dropping in price so much i would not bother with a hybrid drive really , they where invented to fill a gap between full ssd and traditional drives because ssd ram was so expensive initially .

windows will just use what ever cache size page file you tell it to , 20gb is more than enough space for a windows install once you apply the thousands of updates

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if you need to defragment a disc with a swap file or pagefile on it then reduce the swap file or page file to size 0, reboot, defrag the HDD (check out sysinternals page defrag), then set pagefile to what you need, then reboot and you should find the pagefile is contiguous.

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