Hitachi Global Storage Technologies now has a hard drive upgrade alternative for notebook computers that is so simple, most users will be able to increase their notebook hard disk capacity and restore their operating system, applications, and data. The upgrade includes a replacement internal hard drive, a case to convert allow the existing hard drive to be used as an external USB drive, cables, tools, and step-by-step instructions.
Hitachi’s upgrade kit is made up of a 5,400 RPM 2.5″ drive in capacities of 40, 60, 80 or 100GB. The included Apricorn EZ Gig II Hard Drive Cloning and Upgrade software is designed to communicate through a USB 2.0 port; however, if the notebook computer has only a USB 1.1 port, the communication and upgrade will work, but at a slower speed.
This is an excellent option, both for information technology consultants and end users. The upgrade it will retail between $139 and $219.
The included 5,400 RPM drive is faster than the typical 4,200 RPM drive supplied by most notebook manufacturers. So, not only can users increase their drives’ capacity, but also the access speed. A 30% increase in drive speed is a noticeable improvement.
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