advent 7086 upgrade help

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moonnicholas

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Hi there
can any one please help me
I have an Advent 7086 laptop
which I am upgrading to 1 g of RAM

But I want to upgrade my hard drive from the oem of 40gb to 80gb or above
it runs a Hitachi Travelstar HTS541040G9AT00 as oem
I know I can get an HTS80gb hdd but will it fit with no problems I can also get a HTS100gb
does anyone know are they a straight swop ?
any help would be much app:confused:
 

DoubleHelix

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That's a pretty old laptop. I wouldn't spend much money trying to upgrade it. Do you have a Windows installation disk for it? Is it the original restore disk? Or do you already have all the drivers you need? It uses the old IDE hard drive interface, so you need to make sure whatever you get has that interface. I wouldn't go larger than 80GB since there's probably a BIOS limitation on size. Even 80GB might be a stretch.
 

moonnicholas

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hi thanks
for the reply
I bought new copy of windows xp home edition and reloaded it no problems
both hdd I am looking at are IDE interfaces
but what is a BIOS limitation on size ?
I can go down to a 60gb
thanks
 

DoubleHelix

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Given that the laptop is so old, the BIOS may not support a larger hard drive. Without detailed information from the manufacturer, you're not going to know without trying.

EDIT: What are you planning to do with this old laptop that you need a larger hard drive for? If it works as it is, I suggest you leave it.
 

flavallee

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I agree with DoubleHelix. Is there some compelling reason why you want to go from a 40 GB ot a 80 GB hard drive?

Increasing the amount of RAM is quick and simple, but replacing the hard drive involves reinstalling Windows XP, device drivers, programs, updates, etc. and takes a lot of time. And there's the risk of something going wrong along the way.

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