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I have recently gotten a dv9000z and i love it except for the friggin 5400 rpm hard drive. I want to get one of those new raptor x hard drives and mount it externally, so when i park my lappy at my desk, i can have a really good HD. I would install windows on both drives so my comp would still work while i am away. I know of a few ways i can do this, so i am going to suggest them and you guys can tell me what you think.


1-Get the xb3000 expansion base and try to mount it in there. (Unshure of heat, connectors lining up correctly, and being able to set that as a boot drive)
2-Getting an expresscard sata adapter and a esata enclosure(unsure of setting it as a boot drive, could mod the enclosure with a fan)
3-Hacking the second hard drive bay hookups to a sata extender and mount the end out the side of the laptop.(unsure if it would work properly, would crash if accidentally unplugged, not sure is second drive bay can be a boot drive)
4-Waiting years for a laptop 10k drive (not really sure if i can use a non-hp drive in it. Probably can, im just not sure)
5-Waiting for a Laptop hybrid hard drive and putting them in raid

What do you guys think? Anyone with experience on a dv9000t or dv9000z please post!
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post #2 of 16
hmmm interesting....

Makes me wonder if you would loose speed through adapters and cables though?

Anyways....

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post #3 of 16
Does the laptop have Firewire 800?
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post #4 of 16
I'd say an esata card...
BUt let's be honest...2 installations of windows?

It would be like having 2 totally separate computers...
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post #5 of 16
i wouldnt do it the power consumption would be too great thats why lappies have 5400rpm drive to save battery life
post #6 of 16
Laptop HDDs are interchangeable.

The best solution would probably be eSATA, because it's impossible to get a 3.5" drive into a 2.5" slot without a lot of warranty-voiding modding. I'm very sure you could use that as a bootable drive, but test it with something else first (before you buy the raptor).

Get back to us when you can with the results.
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post #7 of 16
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Will i be able to set a drive through a esata port as bootable? The only current boot options are floppy, cd, hard drive, usb hard drive, network drive, and usb key. Will another option show up in the bios? Next, the laptop does have a firewire 800 port. When i mentioned the second drive bay, i meant modding it to have an external connector. I will not be using the raptor on the go, it has to stay behind at my desk, so battery life will not be an issue.... I really wish i knew if the drive in the xb3000 expansion base could be a boot drive... that would seem , but i can not find a manual for it anywhere. Thanks for all the help so far!
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post #8 of 16
I'd just get a SATA USB enclosure for it. That would almost certainly work, plus you could mod the crap out of it. Win-win situation.
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But will the usb slow up the raptor? I know the sata is 1.5 ghz max for transmissions and the raptor has 4.6 ms seek time. Is the usb connection going to cripple the raptor? If it will, i would be better off buying a 7200rpm hard drive. I need a way to have performance......... But keep the suggestions coming. Thanks guys!
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post #10 of 16
Woah, that seems WAY overcomplicated to me. This is what I'd do.

1) Get a USB-sata external enclosure
2) Plug it in
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