I just registered and this is my first post. I'm also NOT too hardware savy.
I have a Compaq laptop:
Model V2335US (purchased June, 2005)
System Board ID: 308F (probably not helpful info)
Phoenix BIOS: F.22 (is this specific to Compaq?)
Intel 82801 FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Fujitsu MHU2100AT (4200 RPM)
System RAM is maxed at 2 GB
Windows XP Professional, all OS updates
First, I'd like to replace the drive with another 2.5" HD which runs at 7200 RPM. Suggestions, after accounting for the following issues?
Second, what specs should I require in a drive that will take most advantage of the Intel controller?
Third, is there firmware for the controller which is upgradeable, thereby improving my options when selecting a HD?
Fourth, are there drivers available (otherwise not available from Microsoft or Compaq/HP) that will improve performance?
Fifth, any other suggestions for maximizing the performance of this machine?
Sixth, is the best performance increase that I can realize (primarily 4200 --> 7200 RPM HD ?) worth the time, in YOUR estimation?
Thanks very much for any and all advice!