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RaidenWoW
10-14-08, 05:31 PM
I have a Dell Latitude XT with only 80gb hard drive. I want it to be my music powerhouse but my hard drive is almost full.

I don't want to keep plugging in anything (external HDD or SD card) I just want to leave a 32GB SSD (expresscard) in the slot without it sticking out and house my whole music collection..

Do any of you have any experience with those SSDs? Are they good?

crainger
10-14-08, 06:45 PM
They are good. Just ask Xion.

npras42
10-14-08, 08:18 PM
Surely just putting in a bigger HDD would be cheaper?

Madpistol
10-14-08, 08:30 PM
Surely just putting in a bigger HDD would be cheaper?

It is.

1TB for roughly $130 @ Newegg.com :D

crainger
10-14-08, 09:41 PM
Hard to put in secondary HDDs into some Lappys. Perhaps one big replacement drive??

CaptNKILL
10-14-08, 09:54 PM
Surely just putting in a bigger HDD would be cheaper?

I agree. You can get a 320Gb 2.5" 5400RPM drive for $90.

The only hard part would be transferring data over to the new drive to reinstall.

RaidenWoW
10-14-08, 10:04 PM
Hard to put in secondary HDDs into some Lappys. Perhaps one big replacement drive??

I said it's a dell latitude XT.

The hard drives are about as expensive per GB as SDDs.

It's the 4200rpm small as **** hard drives.

http://www.golaptopparts.com/DELL_Latitude_XT_Tablet-Dell_laptop_hard_drive_200gb_SATA.html

Xion X2
10-14-08, 10:22 PM
Mine run good. Just make sure you do the important things like disabling auto defrag if you run Vista and disabling AHCI. They can shorten the life of the drive.

If you go with a Core drive like mine, they are lightning fast.. even just one of them. I get about 130 mb/s read rate on a single drive and 200 mb/s when in RAID0.

CaptNKILL
10-14-08, 11:55 PM
I said it's a dell latitude XT.

The hard drives are about as expensive per GB as SDDs.

It's the 4200rpm small as **** hard drives.

http://www.golaptopparts.com/DELL_Latitude_XT_Tablet-Dell_laptop_hard_drive_200gb_SATA.html

Why do you need an overpriced drive directly from Dell? It just looks like a standard 2.5" SATA drive to me.

From the link you posted...
Capacity (GB) 200 Form Factor 2.5" Notebook
Rotational Speed (rpm) 4200 Seek time (ms) 12 Average (typical)
Buffer Size 8 MB Drive Type SATA
Weight (g) 98 Buffer to/from Host Max 100 MB/sec Ultra-DMA mode-5
Dimensions (mm) 9.5(H)x70(W)x100(D) Product life 5 years or 20,000 power ON hours

You can get faster 5400RPM 320Gb 2.5" drives for $90...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148338
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136197

RaidenWoW
10-15-08, 12:51 AM
No I mean there's something REALLY weird about the hard drive that's in my machine.

Its dimensions are 2.12" x 2.79" x 0.31"
Is that considered a 2.5'' hard drive?

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=341-5860&cs=19&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=27530&lid=627063

einstein_314
10-15-08, 01:22 AM
Yeah those are weird dimensions that's for sure......I wouldn't trust the dimensions they have listed there though...

A standard 2.5" HD is actually 2.75" wide. The 2.5" refers to the diameter of the platters.

CaptNKILL
10-15-08, 02:16 AM
No I mean there's something REALLY weird about the hard drive that's in my machine.

Its dimensions are 2.12" x 2.79" x 0.31"
Is that considered a 2.5'' hard drive?

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=341-5860&cs=19&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=27530&lid=627063

Dell doesn't use proprietary hard drive sizes, I don't think anyone does.

There are drives smaller than 2.5" and I think there used to be ones slightly larger, but if it says it is 2.5" then it uses the 2.5" standard and any drive should fit.

RaidenWoW
10-15-08, 03:05 AM
facking dell and their "specialized" stuff they put in their machines to confuse people into buying their stuff.

:(

CaptNKILL
10-15-08, 03:31 AM
facking dell and their "specialized" stuff they put in their machines to confuse people into buying their stuff.

:(

Yeah, they used to use a lot of proprietary hardware, usually related to towers, motherboards and power supplies, but I think its just more cost effective for them to go with generic parts these days. I imagine its the same with laptops.

They're reputation probably brings in quite a bit of cash through their replacement parts store though. They charge more than twice as much for a lot of items that can be bought just about anywhere.

npras42
10-15-08, 05:27 AM
What the hell are you guys talking about? I have 2 Dell laptops Inspiron 9300 and XPS M1330 and they use totally normal laptop drives! Just buy the drive CaptNKill linked and it will work fine. Don't buy the drive from Dell FFS!

Surely just putting in a bigger HDD would be cheaper?

This was a rhetorical question.

EDIT: Buy a cheap 2.5" USB-powered enclosure as well so that you can still boot from your old drive if you need to. I got one for like 10 so shouldn't cost you more than $15 in the US. This will be helpful if you don't have the CD to re-install your OS and you need to use the 'secret' partition.

DiscipleDOC
10-15-08, 09:27 AM
Dell doesn't use proprietary hard drive sizes, I don't think anyone does.

There are drives smaller than 2.5" and I think there used to be ones slightly larger, but if it says it is 2.5" then it uses the 2.5" standard and any drive should fit.

QFT. I use most of Dell's products at my job, and I've taken out hdd's on lappy's as well as desktops. You should be able to go to the nearest BB and buy another drive.