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If you’ve been following my quest to get the Fujitsu P1610 running Vista as fast and efficient as it ran XP you know that I’ve done a few things to make that happen.  First up was killing the dreaded Vista disk thrashing, followed by getting the […]

If you’ve been following my quest to get the Fujitsu P1610 running Vista as fast and efficient as it ran XP you know that I’ve done a few things to make that happen.  First up was killing the dreaded Vista disk thrashing, followed by getting the battery life back to XP levels.  I am happy to report that my day yesterday showed a total success on all fronts, with battery life back to pre-Vista levels and snappy performance all around.

B_universalKevin’s success at upgrading the memory in his Samsung Q1P to 2 GB sent me off on a quest to find a 2 GB microDIMM for the Fuji, but that has not been successful.  I can’t find anyone that sells a 2 GB microDIMM but I will keep an eye out for one.  One upgrade that I think will add to my performance improvements is a hard drive upgrade, and I have a new drive on the way.  The P1610 currently has an 80 GB 1.8" ATA drive running at 4200 rpm, a very slow drive.  It’s almost full so I went to my favorite online notebook drive shop, Drive Solutions, and ordered a 120 GB drive running at 5400 rpm.  Drive Solutions had a 100 GB drive that spins at 7200 rpm but I optedfor the larger capacity and a speed kinder on battery life.  I am excited at the prospect of having 50% more drive capacity and a faster drive.  I will detail the upgrade process when I get the drive but for now here’s what I’ve done to get ready for the drive swap. 

I went online and downloaded the latest version of Acronis True Image which works with Vista.  After installing the software I used it to create a boot DVD that I can use to boot the Fuji and rebuild the new drive.  After creating that I used it to clone my Fujitsu drive to an external Seagate USB drive which took about 2 hours.  Once I swap the new drive into the Fujitsu I will reverse the process and clone the USB drive to the internal Fuji drive and I should be right back where I started, but with a faster, bigger hard drive.  Woot!

  1. James,

    So would that Hard Drive fit in my LE1600….

    Kev..

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  2. I’d like to know that, too. In theory, it should, as the LE1600 has a 1.8″ drive as well. However, drivesolutions.com doesn’t list the 120GB/5400rpm in its 1,8″ category and I don’t think a 2.5″ drive fits into the LE1600. Is that “universal” drive 2.5″ or 1.8″?? (Or both?)

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  3. Kevin, the Hitachi HDD at 7200 has a power consumption about the same than any other 5400 RPM. I’m using one in my eo and have compared with the battery life tests of other with 5400 RPM and I can confirm that.

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  4. X2 what JD said. I was startled and though, “wow a 120gb 1.8 inch drive?!” Time to upgrade my TK i7210. It looks like it’s not really a 1.8″ drive though.

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  5. Here’s the specs from Drive Solutions:

    * Includes: Bare Hard Drive Only
    * Capacity: 120.0 GB
    * Interface: ATA/100
    * RPM: 5400 RPM
    * Height: 9.5mm
    * Screw Hole Pattern: New
    * Avg Seek Time: 12.5MS
    * Buffer Speed: 8MB Cache
    * Warranty: 3 Year Warranty
    This doesn’t say 1.8″ anywhere, although something on their site drew me to this drive as a 1.8″ drive. It will arrive today so I’ll see if it is in fact 1.8″, but my suspicions are now that it is in fact a 2.5″ drive and will not work in the Fuji. :(

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  6. Drive Solutions is a great place to purchase a HDD. They are right around the corner from where I work. A class act.

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  7. There are no 1.8″ drives that are faster than 4200 rpm so they took you to it by mistake, I’d ask for refund of shipping and free return label so you don’t have to pay a penny for their mistake.
    While there are 120GB 1.8″ from Samsung coming out I believe they are still 4200 rpm.
    Also on Newegg. 40GB 1.8″ 4200rpm is $110 so that tells you 1.8″ 120GB 5400rpm $95 is just a dream. :(

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  8. That drive is listed as an upgrade for the P1510D on that site. Maybe the P1510 took a 2.5″ drive. Also, I think that 1.8″ drives are 8mm in height.

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  9. I have P1510 and it only takes 1.8 in.

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  10. Stephen Feger Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. I didn’t think that there were 5400 RPM, much less 7200 RPM HDDs that fit in a P1610.

    I hope they have a liberal return policy….

    I did seem some mention of 5400 RPM 1.8″ HDDs at a couple of websites, but none were in stock and the prices were all around $280-$300. They were Axiom branded. But I have not idea if they are compatible or not.

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