Solved Replacement hard drive for 2010 HP Computer

February 1, 2020 at 09:41:10
Specs: Windows 10 Home, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-860 quad-core processor, 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
I own a 2010 HP Pavilion Elite HPE-150t desktop PC (Product number BN474AV-ABA).
The computer has the following internal hard drive:
• Hitachi 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s
I would like to replace the above hard drive with the following unit:
• HITACHI Deskstar 2TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Would this unit work fine in my computer or there may be compatibility issues due to the different capacity (2 TB instead of 640 GB) and the 32MB Cache?
I am also considering adding a second hard drive. Would the same unit (HITACHI Deskstar 2TB 7200RPM …) be a good choice?

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February 1, 2020 at 15:38:21
Is there something wrong with the 640GB HDD? I suggest installing a SSD for the OS & adding a standard HDD for data storage.

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February 1, 2020 at 15:46:11
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As per riider... if you intend to replace the main HD then if pennies alow.. go for an SSD. I use Crucial drives as they've done me fine thus far. Some also like Samsung.

And learning from a dicsussion here recently (and I think riider was very much helpful in it to0) if going for an external second drive... go for a conventional HDD not an SSD.

Amazon had (likely still do) decent prices on both... I house the external (2.5 drives) in an Inatek housing - usb3. No tools required to open/install drive...

I have Western blue (standard/mechanical) drives for my two Mac systems external and backup drives; but SSD for internals.

As this is desktop system... likely it has 3.5 drives? Presuming so then you need an adaptper bracket to accept and house the 2.5 SSD; they cost peanuts. Some pholks use good quality velcro to hold the drive securely in a 3.5 housing/bay; but personally I'd go for an adapter to be really sure the SSD is securely in place.

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February 1, 2020 at 20:57:07
Hi riider and trvlr,
Thanks for the interesting comments and suggestions. The Pavillon in question is my old computer . The computer that I use these days has a SSD and an internal HHD.
I am trying to upgrade my old computer and use it as a back-up, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that I am probably better off buying an inexpensive refurbished computer rather than spending money on an old computer that is obsolete anyway.

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February 1, 2020 at 21:00:50
I too would recommend am SSD drive for your primary drive 500GB or larger for your operating system and programs and a standard hard drive1-2TB hard drive for storage. This will breath new life into your older computer.
If you want (and the money allows) you can run one SSD 500GB for primary and a larger 1TB SSD for storage which will be even faster and more responsive when opening and saving files.
If your old hard drive is still in good working order you can then wipe it and use it as an internal or external drive for regular back ups.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 1, 2020 at 21:27:42
Your computer is far from obsolete.

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