Originally Posted by WeAreNotAlone
1 Faster hd for video editing a plus. I'd keep the 7,200 and buy a second drive if needed.
2 Better option may be to buy an external hard drive if your doing video editing, off-loading projects to the external drive. ( one of the best external hd enclosures is the Apircorn EZ-BUS-DT*-KIT)
3 You can delete the HP restore partition and gain 12 gig, before doing so using Arconis True Image to image the drive to an external hd, dvd/cd.
4 ... Yes unless something has changed, the bracket is not there unless you ordered it with 2 drives.. Everything else is there... you just plug the hd in.
5: Void the warranty by putting in a second hd? = NO.... flip the unit over and remove the three screws on the hd access panel, look inside and it's right there. Download the Maintance and Service Guide pdf from HP ... It's a VERY simple process to add a second drive. The biggest hurdle would be making a bracket.
Thanks. You've been VERY helpful. I have a bigger seagate external HD that I used with our desktop, but may look into one of the smaller portably ones that are earlier to lug around the house. (Would still back-up on the bigger Seagate every now and then too). Couple other quick ??'s though:
1) Been looking at some of the smaller portable HD (250 or 300 gigs) that connect with a USB port. If I get a 7200 drive, will this work well with video editing? I don't know if there is a lag works and could impact the quality?
2) Is one of these portable drives something that you can set up as video capture destination and edit from there....treating it just as a normal internal drive, or do you need to do everything on the notebook, then just ultimately back-up the finished product on the drive. I'd like to be able to use an external drive as if it was internal. This may be a dumb question, but I just don't know.
3) Anything I should look for in particular when looking for a small portable external HD?
4) I made the recovery discs (2 DL discs), what exactly is the 13 gigs for HD recovery and does erasing the partition erase this recovery data? Is this something that someone who knows as little as I do should do to save a few gigs on the HD? I just don't know whtat this does.
Hopefully those are the last of my questions for a while. Thanks again.