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Can my computer handle a better hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ksupmac, Jan 27, 2006.

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  1. ksupmac

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    I have an HP Pavilion 7950 that came with an 80gb 5400rpm hard drive. I'd really like to add a 7200rpm drive (I need more storage and there's no way I'm buying a 5400).

    My concern is whether or not my system can handle a 7200rpm hard drive. I mean, there must be a reason HP's original setup only had a 5400 drive right? SO how can I determine if my system can support the new drive?

    Also, am I able to run a 5400 and a 7200 at the same time? I guess the 5400 would remain my main drive since that's where I have my OS installed, but I'll change that if I need to.

    Motherboard: Asus A7V-VM 1.02
    Processor: AMD Athlon 1.02 Ghz
    OS: WIndows XP Pro
     
  2. jlabit

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    HP used the 5400 RPM hard drives because they were cheaper. Assuming both the hard drives you have are IDE (Wide ribbon), yes the 7200 and 5400 are compatable. Make sure you have the 5400 connected to the master connector on the IDE cable, and the second hard drive (the 7200 RPM) connected to the slave connector on the IDE cable. Am not absolutely certain but I believe the black connector is master and the gray one is slave.
     
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    the HP has a Asus motherboard?
     
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