Non-Dell hard drives (ie cheaper?) for inspiron 1150?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by gaikokujinkyofusho, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. Hi, i am looking to get a larger (80-100gb?) or faster (7200rpm) drive
    for my 1150 but when i looked on the dell site i almost had a cardiac
    arrest! those things are insanely expensive, so, i was wondering if
    other brands of hard drives can be used and what i need to look for to
    make sure it works in this notebook (I assume its not as easy as
    swapping drives in a desktop [I'm somewhat of a notebook newbie]). Any
    help/advise would be greatly appreciated!


    gaikokujinkyofusho, Aug 22, 2005
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    Bob Levine Guest

    Any 2.5" drive should be just fine. It's really not all that much
    different than a desktop. If you buy direct from Dell, they'll send it
    to you already mounted and ready to put into the laptop.

    If you buy it elsewhere, you'll save quite a bit of money, but you'll
    need to mount the drive yourself. If you're handy with a screwdriver it
    shouldn't take more than 5 minute.

    Bob Levine, Aug 22, 2005
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  3. reply to only (where it was read)...

    2.5" notebook hard drives are very inexpensive at the 5400rpm
    and 7200rpm will certainly provide a performance boost over that of the
    factory 4200rpm type. you will have to remove the existing drive cage from
    the computer, and then the drive from the cage and then install the new
    drive in reverse. this is not hard to do but it means having to then
    completely reload your operating system, drivers, application software, and
    restore your data. if you have a desktop then you can purchase a couple of
    2.5" to 3.5" drive adapters and connect the drives to the desktop
    temporarily so that you can close your current laptop drive to the new blank
    one... but that may prove to be too complicated and exercise than just
    reloading the software on the new drive from scratch.

    this should get you started...
    power down the machine, remove the ac adapter, remove the battery, hold the
    power button for ten seconds to discharge any residual power... and then to
    remove the hard drive...
    or download the complete manual...
    Christopher Muto, Aug 22, 2005
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    Brian K Guest

    I helped a friend upgrade his laptop HD recently and we used a network
    technique. I imaged his old laptop HD to his desktop computer. Then using a
    "Reatogo BartPE Ghost 9 boot CD" in the laptop, the image was restored from
    the desktop to the laptop. Networking with BartPE is a dream.

    Just another way of doing it, which was very easy.
    Brian K, Aug 22, 2005
  5. Wow! Thanks for ya'lls help, i put my desktop together so i gather
    (from your input) that installing a drive shouldn't be too hard (the
    network idea was quite handy). Thanks again!

    gaikokujinkyofusho, Aug 24, 2005
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