Sata hdd,ram,installer questions.

Hewlett-packard Compaq nx6310 notebook
December 1, 2009 at 14:37:18
Specs: Windows XP
Hi! im new at upgrading laptop so i need your help, i have a hp compaq nx6310. I was wondering if i can upgrade its memory to 120gb or more? because written in this specs sheet(link is below) it can only acomodate up to 120gb:

This is the hard drive that i'll replace it with because the stock memory is only 80gb:

Plus, im planning to reboot this laptop, should i install the new sata hdd and install the new processor? can u use windows vista or windows 7? its current os is windows xp. oh yah, i dont know how to reboot so im in deep sh*t.

It will be of big help if someone would answer my questions and show me tutorial vids on how to install hard drives, reboot the laptop...thank you!!

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December 1, 2009 at 15:11:22
Firstly you need to learn the correct terminology.
What you are referring to as "Memory" is actually the harddrive.
The maximum capacity harddrive at 120Gb indicates the system is not 48bit LBA compliant.
When we talk about a system's Memory it normally means the amount of RAM present.
You also mention replacing the "Processor"
A processor commonly called a CPU is a chip seated on the motherboard. Your comments indicate you are talking about replacing the current operating system (Windows XP) with either Vista or Windows 7. You use the term "reboot" A reboot is simply the act of shutting down and restarting the machine. Replacing the operating system is called installing or re-installing.

Know that if you remove the current harddrive you are removing the existing operating system since it is installed on that harddrive. Your first link to the HP website contains a full list of the system specifications and they indicate that system came with either XP or Vista.

You may be able to purchase a Win7 operating system to install on your new harddrive but you would need to research whether Win7 has all the needed drivers available for the hardware in that system, otherwise you may find you cannot get the graphics or network cards or sound to work.

My personal recommendation to you is to leave the system alone. If you need more data storage capacity then get an external portable drive that simply plugs into a USB port..

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December 1, 2009 at 17:12:01
thank you! yeah an external would be better and simpler,
thank you for the terminology as well. :)

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December 1, 2009 at 17:29:58
I agree with Richard59 completely.

Upgrading laptops is fraught with problems. Upgrading the processor is pretty much not possible. At least to any appreciable amount.

You MAY be able to add more RAM (memory). Go to and use their online scanner to determine if you can and what kind to buy.

Getting an external hard drive is a simple way to add storage.

You still need to keep at least two copies of your importand personal files. Burning them to CDR or DVDR is a good method.

Lastly, if you haven't created any backup disks for your laptop I suggest you do that ASAP.

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