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Planning on upgrading my laptop, some advice needed on a couple things.

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Hello,

I have a Dell Vostro 1000 laptop, and I plan on upgrading it again.

My last upgrade was RAM, now I want to upgrade the harddrive in it. (It's got an 80GB 5,400RPM SATA with Windows XP installed).

.. And I'd like to go with a 7,200RPM SATA Harddrive in it.

I'd like to ask for some advice, and one of them is on the harddrive, and I am looking at this 320GB Western Digital Harddrive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136280

That is the best one I can find (Under Western Digital anyways, I am not sure how good the other brands are.) Though I am just wanting better performance on the harddrive side of it.

Now, I am thinking of taking it to Windows Vista, Home Basic or Home Premium... Probably Premium just because of it having Media Center and I do like to watch movies on it.

Advice I'd like on this, is whether or not I should go with 32-bit or 64-bit operating system on the laptop.

It's got 2GB DDR2 RAM, and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 1.70 GHz processor. I know it can handle 64 bit systems, but I just want to know which would be best for best performance?

Also, when I go to upgrading this after decisions are final, what can I do strip down Vista? Any guides on it, for being able to help performance out some? (I've never done this before, so I'd like to learn how to starting with my laptop is all.)

All help is greatly appreciated.
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Well before you go 64-bit, you have to make sure that dell has 64-bit drivers for your laptop.

My laptop is a hp and it looks like even if i wanted to go back to ultimate, I wouldnt have any driver support, so I will be stuck with 32-bit until then.
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Well before you go 64-bit, you have to make sure that dell has 64-bit drivers for your laptop.
I only see driver files for Windows XP and Windows Vista 32-bit, so this means I will go with 32-bit then.
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