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SX260 Hard Disk Compatibility &c

My Dell SX260 uses a 40GB Hitachi Travelstar 40GNX series, which is ATA-5 based. It is failing, probably because I did not allow much vent space above the drive although I was careful to mount it per instructions with that side up. I have copied the drive to a 3.5" drive I had on hand. I am minimally familiar with notebook drives and with SX260 quirks, so have several questions.

[1] - I see many ATA-6 drives for sale, but few ATA-5. Is there any reason that I cannot use an ATA-6 drive? Any specific suggestions to look for or avoid?

[2] - Storage size is not too important. I'd probably get 60GB ATA-6 if that will work, prices for 40 and 60 being so close. I would like a better drive if possible, where better means, first, one with greater heat tolerance than the 40GNX 55degC spec. Any suggestions for 60degC and up?

[3] - Better would secondarily mean better performance. Are 7200RPM 2.5inch drives compatible? Other suggestions for better performance - but while maintaining good thermal tolerance.

[4] - The SX260 case offers easy access to the drive but doesn't look notably well designed for cooling. Any suggestions for modding it for cooling. The compartment seems about deep enough for a very thin HD fan...

[5] - I use the SX260 just for websurfing and email most of the time. Sometimes I think about dual booting to full Windows (XPPro) or to some stripped down O/S set up for rapid booting, and supporting just a notepad, email, and web browsing. Then I start to think that for safety I would still need a local firewall, antivirus, antispyware, moreantispyware, etc. - and I lose interest. Any thoughts?

Thanks so much.

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  • captainfepa Apr 09, 2008

    Thank you, myob247, for your assistance. (I did expect that ATA-6 should work within the ATA-5 DMA limit of 66 MHz, but I consider all Dell a bit quirky and preferred to hear about SX260 experience specifically before spending my money.) Anyway, I'm still interested in recommendations for (reasonably priced) 2.5 drives with best heat tolerance and/or schemes for improved cooling of the SX260 SFF case.

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I have replaced the standard hd in a couple sx260's .One with an 80gb ata-6 and one with a 60gb ata-100. You will have to install an operating system(I used xp) and all of the system drivers.
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