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Simple Path to Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade

Posted by geeknews at 3:06 PM on September 18, 2005

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies now has a hard drive upgrade alternative for notebook computers that is so simple, most users will be able to increase their notebook hard disk capacity and restore their operating system, applications, and data. The upgrade includes a replacement internal hard drive, a case to convert allow the existing hard drive to be used as an external USB drive, cables, tools, and step-by-step instructions.


Hitachi’s upgrade kit is made up of a 5,400 RPM 2.5″ drive in capacities of 40, 60, 80 or 100GB. The included Apricorn EZ Gig II Hard Drive Cloning and Upgrade software is designed to communicate through a USB 2.0 port; however, if the notebook computer has only a USB 1.1 port, the communication and upgrade will work, but at a slower speed.

Dave’s Opinion
This is an excellent option, both for information technology consultants and end users. The upgrade it will retail between $139 and $219.

The included 5,400 RPM drive is faster than the typical 4,200 RPM drive supplied by most notebook manufacturers. So, not only can users increase their drives’ capacity, but also the access speed. A 30% increase in drive speed is a noticeable improvement.

Call for Comments
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References
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Apricorn EZ Gig II

2 Comments

  1. From ajcannon at 4:38 pm on September 18, 2005

    This is an interesting option to think about…I have never heard of this kit before. Thanks for the post and keep up the great work.

    By the way, Todd, I can’t wait for show #100!

  2. From cadayton at 8:29 am on September 21, 2005

    About 3 years ago I attempted to use Apricorn EZ Gig solution to clone an existing Notebook drive and it did not work. I contacted Apricorn in attempt to understand why this was not working and the issue was not resolved. To further add salt to the wound, Apricorn would NOT stand behind their product and would not refund the money. Apricorn will never get another dime from me.