Originally Posted by resistor
My hd died, i have read that the dell mini 10v hd is a SATA at 5400rpm of 160GB. Its ok if I buy a bigger one? what is the biggest one suported by its motherboard?
the motherboard has nothing to do with the size of the HD or the speed of the drive either, the choice of the size and speed of an HD is entirely yours depending on your needs. A 7200rpm drive will work just as well as a 5400rpm drive only a little faster..thats all, the 10v takes a standard 9.5mm SATA HD drive which will work in any laptop as well as the Mini's, the only Mini that really has a different requirement is the Mini 9 which will ONLY take an SSD
(Mini pci-E) connector type, but the 1010,1011,1012 and 1018 all will take the standard 9.5mm SATA drives, the sizes range all the way up to 1 terabyte (1000gb), but if you decide on a terabyte which I think is only made by Western Digital, make sure you get the one thats 9.5mm thick and not the one thats 12.5mm thick it wont fit under the keyboard....Western Digital just released the 9.5mm version of a terabyte recently...thats gonna be my next drive, and I will use my current 750gb drive for backup purposes through an external USB housing. believe it or not, a 1 terabyte drive is only about $110 from Newegg, the 80gb and 160gb are considerable less, if you decide on a Western Digital drive (my personal preference..it comes with a 3yr warranty) are very good drives, the Scorpio Blue drives spin at 5400rpm and the Scorpio Black Drives at 7200rpm, the Scorpio Black drives tend to be a few more $ than the Scorpio Blue due to the speed difference