I am helping a friend upgrade their laptop. It is an old toshiba portege A100 1.4ghz Pentium M, 256 ram, 40gb HDD. Full spec/info >>>
Toshiba Portege A100
It will soon have an extra 1gb ram + the 256mb stick. The question is though relating to the HDD. The current drive is a 2.5 inch 4200rpm pata/IDE drive.
Ideally I would like to put in a standard 120gb or 160gb 5400 rpm hard drive (as they are common, cheap and easy to get hold of), however someone at the toshiba support forum mentioned that the bios may not support sizes above 80gb. I did notice there is a bios update available from 2007, although there is no changelog so it is unclear what the update includes.
In turn, my question is...will I be able to upgrade the 40gb 4200rpm drive to a 120/160gb 5400rpm drive without problems? (I will be performing a clean Xp2 pro install on the new drive). Also if this is possible should I stick to a PATA/IDE drive rather than a SATA?
Also will a 5400 rpm drive upgrade have a large effect on battery life or be likely to cause heat issues?
Any help appreciated...
Edited by sere83, 20 February 2010 - 10:38 AM.