02-28-2012 05:15 PM
I have a T400, 2764-CTO, running a 250GB SATA drive. I'd like to upgrade that as far as space goes, but I had been advised that my options were limited by the BIOS. Is this accurate? Or is it okay if I pick up a 500GB SATA through Newegg or TigerDirect and plug it in? (Planning to move a complete image over to the new drive so I don't have to do a fresh install of everything...)
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02-28-2012 06:06 PM - edited 02-28-2012 06:08 PM
I'm running a Hitachi 500G 7200 RPM drive in my 2764-CTO. BIOS is fine with it.
Some issues you might run into are 1) price - HDDs are still running a little expensive 2) noise and vibration - this varies all over the place 3) Advanced Format problems - most large drives will be AF these days.
I migrated to my HDD (and the 2 or 3 before it) just as you are proposing - clone or save a backup and restore to the new drive. In either case, the new drive should be installed in the T400 when you restore/clone to it.
Some of my notes about HDDs and my T400 (including AF issues), and an excellent article on cloning:
(other opinions will vary - don't take my scribbling as gospel)
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02-28-2012 06:22 PM
There's no issue with BIOS. lots of people are running 500GB HDDs in their older systems like T400. Your issue is going to be the clone from old HDD to new HDD, if the new HDD is the new "advanced format" variety. But there's lots of info out there about it if you search :-)
02-28-2012 06:34 PM