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Question Larger hard drive? - 04-15-2011, 09:22 AM

Has anyone looked into a larger hard drive for the Duo?

I know it might consume more power, but that's what you have to live with on this machine. I'm ready to accept that.

I have to look at the specs again.


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Default 04-15-2011, 09:52 AM

I know you're probably looking at an internal drive but i'd thought i'd let everyone know about My Duo. I swapped out the 320gb hd for a 128 SSD. I'm missing the storage side of it as I usually partition it and then store documents, photo's etc on the other partition.

Anyway, I've just bought a WD 1tb external 2.5" hard drive. What's nice about the drive is it's USB powered from one USB port only. The Duo has no problems seeing and using it, even when running from battery.
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Default 04-15-2011, 09:55 AM

I've seen that mod, and it is a very good one.
I also have a USB external that does quite well, however it's not practical for mobile use, and that's what I'm trying to tailor my Duo for.


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Default 04-15-2011, 12:29 PM

The current drive in the duo is 7mm thick. A lot of people have had troubles with 9.5mm SSDs and i think you will also have trouble with another hdd upgrade.
If i remember rightly the 1TB 2.5" Hdds are 12mm so you will have trouble getting it in there.
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Default 04-16-2011, 09:53 AM

Too true.
I took a peek at the specs and then went looking...and found nothing.

Man, did they really NEED to do that? Sheesh.


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Default 04-24-2011, 07:42 AM

Found this 500gb one, but I think it's slower than the one we currently have in our system.

PROVANTAGE: Hitachi 0J11285 2.5 inch 7.0MM 500GB 5400RPM SATA
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Default 04-24-2011, 11:56 AM

Nice!
Yeah I believe we have a 7200RPM drive.

That drive might use less power, but I wonder how the performance hit would affect things?

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I might pick one up to try it out.
I can always put it in an external enclosure if it doesn't work out in the Duo.


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Default 04-25-2011, 11:02 AM

I did a little research and found this to be very interesting.
(It is a .PDF file)
http://www.hitachigst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/33c6a76df9338b0a86256d34007054c0/$file/why7200mobilehdds.pdf

Admittedly it's an older paper, but since it was written when 7200 RPM drives were emerging it's easier to look at that information backwards to see what a step back a slower drive would be.

It makes me want to sit tight and enjoy the better performance of my existing drive while the industry works out a larger capacity 7200 RPM drive that will fit within the Duo.
By the looks of things it shouldn't be long.

It's still an interesting idea, but it's also interesting to throw around the pros and cons IMO.



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