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Upgrading laptop...Please help!

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My Dell D410 laptop has become a bit sluggish in the past few months and I'm looking to improve it. I upgraded the memory a while ago from 512mb to 2 GB but I can't say it's made much of a differe… Read More
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
My Dell D410 laptop has become a bit sluggish in the past few months and I'm looking to improve it.

I upgraded the memory a while ago from 512mb to 2 GB but I can't say it's made much of a difference in performance. I want to upgrade the hard drive from 40GB to something over 250 GB...I'm tired of transferring to my external drive! I have no idea where to start or what drive to buy...is it a difficult job to install?

Also, is it possible to transfer over all of my programmes, documents etc. without reinstalling everything again? The reason I ask is because I have lost the disks for some programmes and it will be too expensive for me to buy them again..

Any help would be appreciated, thanks :)
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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1 Like #1
Yes you can clone your existing 40gb drive then extend the partition(s) to make use of the newly available space.

Your next question no doubt will be related to the software required to do just this............. :)
#2
Thank you! Yea, I'm afraid I'm a complete novice so I'd appreciate instructions :O
#3
If you're a complete novice you might be better off taking the laptop to a local computer shop, it shouldn't take longer than an hour.
#4
I've never done this particular upgrade before but I'm generally good with computers, I can follow instructions and I'm pretty sure I won't mess anything up. I could just read up online (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd410/) to learn how to do a general upgrade but I wanted to ask some questions here that are quite specific and harder to find accurate answers to.
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The hard drive in the D410 is a 4200 rpm model = slow. This is a major bottle neck in the machines performance.

Upgrade to a 7200rpm model if possible. I believe it is a 2.5" IDE device held in place by two screws (the drive case slides out). An easy job to replace, but if you want to ghost the contents of the existing drive on to it, you will need the software (norton ghost) and some knowledge to use it.
#6
Thank you Heaverton, I've just had a v. quick read about NG. Do I need my XP CD for it to work?

Also, how do I connect the new hard drive to the laptop to do the copying process? Or, do I use my external drive to store things from the old drive and then copy everything over to the new drive once I've fitted it in?
Thanks again.
#7
How is your external drive connected? What capacity is it and assuming it's a hard drive, do you know if it's 2.5" or 3.5"?
#8
I have a Western Digital Passport 250 GB drive (>200GB space on it still) connected via USB.

I also have another 40GB Seagate Momentus external drive that I don't mind removing from its casing. It's also connected via USB. I'm sorry I don't know if the drives are 2.5" or 3.5".
#9
The reason your laptop is not much different with 2GB is probably because the maximum you are supposed to upgrade ram older laptops is 1GB because the CPU is old it wont make much difference. It may have made it slighty quicker but, it will be more stable and more ram means it wont have to file swap (if you dont know what file swapping is google it). Also i wouldnt bother upgrading to 250GB as this will greatly reduce the laptops performance. The bigger the harddrive the slower a system gets(you should google that too i'm not making this up). I wouldnt put more than 100GB in it. As far as cloning goes you want a programme called norton ghost. Never used it, but i just checked and can dload from mininova (google it shouldnt be too diff) Thats my answer for everything, google it.
#10
Familia
The reason your laptop is not much different with 2GB is probably because the maximum you are supposed to upgrade ram older laptops is 1GB because the CPU is old it wont make much difference. It may have made it slighty quicker but, it will be more stable and more ram means it wont have to file swap (if you dont know what file swapping is google it). Also i wouldnt bother upgrading to 250GB as this will greatly reduce the laptops performance. The bigger the harddrive the slower a system gets(you should google that too i'm not making this up). I wouldnt put more than 100GB in it.


Absolutely not true. Sorry to be blunt but this is totally incorrect and misleading. The cpu does not impact the amount of addressable memory at all. Upgrading ram is a good idea to prevent your machine using the swap file too often which means hitting the hard disk which is much slower than memory. Also bigger hard disks often have a higher density per platter, meaning they are actually quicker. But faster (7200rpm) spindle speed is a good general indicator, and worthy upgrade for a laptop
#11
Heavertron
Absolutely not true. Sorry to be blunt but this is totally incorrect and misleading. The cpu does not impact the amount of addressable memory at all. Upgrading ram is a good idea to prevent your machine using the swap file too often which means hitting the hard disk which is much slower than memory. Also bigger hard disks often have a higher density per platter, meaning they are actually quicker. But faster (7200rpm) spindle speed is a good general indicator, and worthy upgrade for a laptop


Firstly i know what i'm talking about i'm doing a computer course, You misunderstood what i said. It doesnt mater if you put 100GB RAM in the system its not going to make it go any faster. The system will only run as fast as the speed of the CPU. So just because you put 2GB in a system it not necessarily going to speed it up. And as far as RAM it is better to have to have more ram i dont disagree it is a known fact. The more RAM you got the more tasks you can do. With 2 GB his system probably wont have to file swap. As for as system perfomance goes with larger harddrive anyone with any knowledge of harddrives knows the larger they are it slows your performance. I.e. copying to harddrive file to, accessing files, the heads have more work to do, this why you should defrag often. My laptop has a 7200 RPM harddrive but only a 1.6GHz dual core. 2GB RAM. I find this to be slow. If upgrade to 4GB it wont make it any quicker because for normal use the RAM usually has 1.2GB free.
#12
Misc is quite funny tonight what with all these confrontations.

Replacing an old 4200rpm drive with a 5400rpm (or 7200rpm) 250/320gb drive is not going to "greatly reduce" the laptop's performance, it will no doubt produce the opposite effect.
#13
Thanks for the help guys...
I'd love to buy a new laptop but it would be a bad idea for me right now so I'm going to make this one last for as long as possible. How do I know what drive to get? I'm not sure if it's SATA or IDE. Heavertron you said it might be IDE earlier..are you sure?
Also, could anyone answer this question from earlier?
Do I need my XP CD for NG to work?

Also, how do I connect the new hard drive to the laptop to do the copying process? Or, do I use my external drive to store things from the old drive and then copy everything over to the new drive once I've fitted it in?
Thanks again.
banned 1 Like #14
If you want to clone your drive with an easy to use tool, if your using Windows, try using Acronis Disk Director.

But before you do, I would do a malware scan with either free version of malwarebytes.org or superantispyware.com
Get rid of anything that it finds, and then reboot and defrag the hard drive.
Maybe worth a chkdsk too.

also worth running hijackthis to get a report of what could be the problem.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html

Hope it helps :)
1 Like #15
Thanks soupy I'll give that a go. Shall I post the report here?

Also, my current hard drive is a Hitachi HTS541040G9AT00....I googled it and apparently it's 5400 rpm. Most of the IDE hard drives on sale are also 5400 rpm...I will look around some more for 7200 but it seems quite difficult to find them.
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lalala86
Thanks soupy I'll give that a go. Shall I post the report here?

Also, my current hard drive is a Hitachi HTS541040G9AT00....I googled it and apparently it's 5400 rpm. Most of the IDE hard drives on sale are also 5400 rpm...I will look around some more for 7200 but it seems quite difficult to find them.


Can look at the log file if you want, just pm me it.

Will try to look for drive too, but don't get ya hopes up :)

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