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What is the largest HDD compatible on a Sony Vaio VGN FS630/w laptop What max HDD size can I upgrade now? Currently my laptop has 80GB HDD.

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This is a 5 year old system which is ancient in todays world. Upgrading the disk to 160gb would help but that is about the top end disk size. I'd consider a newer system. It would cost in the $75-100 range. Your disk is ATA which I don't think got larger than 160.
Don't forget you need to CLONE the existing disk to the new one which can be a pain if you don't have the correct tools.

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  • moronz Aug 08, 2010

    Thanks OldSoftware, kindly tell me what do you mean by cloning the disk, since I have the backup of the original installation. I can do a restore, is that what you meant?

    Also - are there no ATA Laptop HDD sizes larger than 160 GB. ?

    Reply awaited.

    ~ moronz

  • Jim Winger Aug 08, 2010

    ATA disks topped out in the 160GB range when SATA drives, which have a different connection, started taking over. They get much larger.


    Cloning is an EXACT copy of your disk, not a backup. This means all your software runs just as it used to, settings are the same, XP keys are OK, etc.


    Laptop disk cloning is usually done with a special machine or your put the new and old disks with a special cable in a desktop and run a cloning program. Many disk manufactures include a cloning program with new disks. Desktop cloning is easier since most desktops will hold two disks.


    Mobile HDDs, i.e., laptop HDDs, which are physically smaller than their desktop and enterprise counterparts, tend to be slower and have lower capacity. A typical mobile HDD spins at either 4200 rpm, 5200 rpm, 5400 rpm, or 7200 rpm, with 5400 rpm being the most prominent. 7200 rpm drives tend to be more expensive and have smaller capacities, while 4200 rpm models usually have very high storage capacities. Because of physically smaller platter(s), mobile HDDs generally have lower capacity than their larger desktop counterparts.


    Finally I did find a 320 ata disk at:
    http://www.drivesolutions.com/cgi/shop/s...

  • Jim Winger Aug 08, 2010

    One other thought, bigger, faster disks take more power which can generate more heat. Your system may have problems with these demands.


    Disks over 100GB in a laptop are generally overkill. I'd think about a new desktop with whatever disk size you need and use the current laptop to hold data you need for your current work. There are various programs that will sync data between the two systems or you can do it manually.

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