I recently purchased a used Motion Computing LE1700 (tablet). It is a most excellent machine. But, I want to upgrade the HDD, but I'm not (yet) a "techno geek," so I need help.
The current HDD is a 30GB 4200RPM 2MB ata/zif (40 pin) 1.8 Hitachi (.3mm thickness).
QUESTION #1: Please explain the relevance of the 2MB and how it relates to what I can choose for an upgrade. For instance, can one put in an 80GB 4200RPM 4MB or a 120 GB 5400RPM 8MB? If not, why not (aside from the obvious like hard drive thickness)? Could one do so with other upgrades/modification?
QUESTION #2: These 1.8 hard drives made for Zunes and iPods - would any be compatible assuming I had the right connector adapter?
QUESTION #3: Are there any suggestions or recommendations for me?
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. I am most appreciative.
answer 1 the 2MB is the buffer
When the computer requests the hard drive to read a given sector, the hard drive reads the entire track and stores it in a RAM memory located on the hard disk drive logic board(the 2MB in your case). So if the computer requests the next sector, instead of having to read it from the disc surface, the hard disc drive logic delivers the copy that is stored on the HDD RAM memory.
this is done because the hdd unlike your other components in you tablet is a mechanical part and not a electronic part, witch means its much slower then the as a example your RAM
for more detailed info check: http://www.hardwares...m/article/177/3
answer 2 assuming you bought the right HDD it should work but i would advice to format the drive not with quick format but the normal one, so you are sure its in NTFS format I've never had a problem installing new 1.8" hdd in tablets
answer 3 Watch out with STATIC ELECTRICITY what can be very dangerous for your hdd
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