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[2.5"] Upgrading my laptop from 1TB to 2TB !

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Hello guys,

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 :)

 

Questions :

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 :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Generic-Aspire-V3-471g-V3-771g-V3-772/dp/B00K4QJ5X8

https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Aspire-V3-471g-V3-771g-V3-772/dp/B00K4QJ5X8

 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 ?

 

Thanks !

G.

 

 

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1) An adapter cannot increase the bay height in your notebook. Drives up to 9.5mm only. Plenty of people are waiting for 3TB in 9.5mm, but they're not in a hurry to release one.

2) Not that I'm aware of. SATA is a standard, it should just work.

3) There are no 7200 RPM notebook drives above 1TB.
3a) You didn't list the three drives.
3b) The Samsung M9T - that warning is one person's experience with it. I've had that exact drive in my MacBookPro for 3+ years without a single issue.

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1) An adapter cannot increase the bay height in your notebook. Drives up to 9.5mm only. Plenty of people are waiting for 3TB in 9.5mm, but they're not in a hurry to release one.

2) Not that I'm aware of. SATA is a standard, it should just work.

3) There are no 7200 RPM notebook drives above 1TB.
3a) You didn't list the three drives.
3b) The Samsung M9T - that warning is one person's experience with it. I've had that exact drive in my MacBookPro for 3+ years without a single issue.

Thanks reader50 for answering the technical questions !

Since these HDD have the same specs (right?), then I'll just need to know which is the most quiet and reliable one (?).

(BTW, I was wrong : the Western Digital Blue WD20SPZX has 128MB of cache just like others, but I get an error when I try to edit the first post).

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We do have a 1TB, 2.5" BarraCuda Pro (model ST1000LM049which is 7mm height, 7200 RPM and 128MB cache, comes with a 5 year warranty if that fits the bill for you.

Thank you for considering Seagate, regardless of which route you decide to go in the end!

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My Samsung/Seagate 2TB M9T 9.5mm 5400RPM drive has been working flawlessly with a power on time of 638 days spinning and I think reviews of it generally are very good. 

I would get the FireCuda model, hybrid is better than straight mechanical. Same with vehicles. A bit extra cost with good performance boost at times.

Edited by danwat1234
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