After many searches on the internet (where I learned that there's actually a difference between IDE and SATA, and that there are various rack sizes...), I'd like to upgrade my laptop from 1 TB to 2TB.
Laptop : Acer Aspire V3-772GTX-54218G1TMakk (september 2014).
(No SSD slot, and I don't need any SSD).
Original HDD : WDC WDJPVX (1 TB 5400 rpm, SATA III - says HWiNFO). I was happy with it (though it's slow, it resisted many shocks, and some system crashs that put the hardware up to 100°C for a while).
Height (in./mm) : 0.374/9.50
Length (in./mm) : 3.94/100.20
Width (in./mm) : 2.75/69.85
The new HDD will be the main and only drive. I use the PC for video / office / P2P apps, and it's running 24/7.
I run Win7 Ultimate 64bit.
I already have backups, I'll use this tutorial (if there's nothing missing) ? and will put the original HHD in a brown paper bag
1°) The Acer customer service tells me that the rack (thickness and plasturgy) can only match a 7 mm or 9.5 mm HDD. Can an adapter improve the possible HDD thickness ? like those :
This website only suggests 7-9 mm HDDs for possible upgrades
I would need 3TB, but since it's not available in 7-9 mm...
2°) Any hardware incompatibility for a 2TB HDD ? Like with the motherboard or anything.
3°) If limited to 7-9mm, which 2TB 2.5" internal HDD should I choose ? I need one that's quiet, and I didn't find any 7200RPM.
a°) These tree Seagate all have the same specs, right ? so I'm confused (5400rpm, 128MB cache buffer, 140MB/s data transfer rate).
b°) Only the WD20SPZX has 16MB of cache, but does it really matter ?
All four HDD are within the dimensions of the original HDD :
- Seagate ST2000LM015 BarraCuda
- Seagate ST2000LM007 Mobile HDD
(it has a good review here but I read, on the forum : "As for 9.5mm thick drives, there's only one with 2TB, that no matter officially many places sell as a Seagate drive, is actually a Samsung
drive...AVOID this drive. It's problematic with LARGE tendency for sooner than later start to make all kind of noises. " ---> And I don't know how to avoid that, buying it from Amazon or else...)
- Seagate ST2000LX001 FireCuda.
- Western Digital Blue WD20SPZX.
- any other ?