Question about PC Laptops
What are the upgrade limits for the Toshiba Satellite L305-S5921 and on the installed devices so I can check compatabilty with removing VISTA and installing XP-PRO SP3?
Specifically, how big of a hard drive can I install and will it support a higher speed drive than the installed 5400 rpm one?
Also, it says there is no second hard drive installed. Does that mean that I can install a second internal harddrive and if so, what is involved?
I have tried looking all over the Toshiba website and even called their tech support people but could not get any useful information.
There are a couple of generalities that apply to all laptops and Windows. The maximum amount of RAM that can be installed is 4GB. You may see advertisements or more but they are a markteting ploy. Unless you work at MIT and try to run mathematical problems to detemine the width and depth of the sun, 4GB is all the normal memory it can handle. Second, on the larger 17" laptops can handle a second hard drive. And even those are few. Obviously if you had a desktop it would not be an issue but laptops are made for mobility first, so you cannot add a second hard drive. Third, again because laptops are so small, heat is a big issue. The faster the hard drive the more heat you will produce and then you will have problems as you cannot adjust the cooling system like you could on a desktop. So stick with the 5400rpm. Besides, I have tried a 5400 vs a 7200 rpm harddrive and it was not even noticed. The best thing you can do for speed is max out your memory. That will get things moving faster. Finally, last time someone tried to go from Vista to Windows XP, could not be done. Microsoft had already thought was ahead of you. No one that I know of, nor have I seen any research that anyone was allowed to downgrade. Microsoft has programmed it so it cannot be downgraded. If you do try it make sure you backup everything and keep the Vista disk handy to reinstall as your system will not be stable. Well I know its not all what you wanted to hear but I gave you honest answers. If you want to dual boot and change drives and all that fun stuff, then you need a desktop they don't have the space restrictions. Thanks for using FixYa, let me know how it turns out. Don't forget to rate this soluton with four stars. Take care.
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
AS this is a relatively new Laptop(made in the last 5 years) you should have no problems downgrading to WinXP
This latop can be upgraded to the newest large hard drives,,,and spinning speeds of 7000 rpm,,or 10,000 rpm(costly)
Instead of going through the hassle of trying to install a secong hard drive(some laptops will take one where the battery mounts presently) just get yourself a USB External hard drive,,,any brand,,,any model,,it will work.
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
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