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Dell Inspiron N7110 hard drive question

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  1. nate2005

    nate2005 Regular member

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    Hello everyone if I am posting this in the wrong spot I am sorry. I have a dell Inspiron N7110 laptop it came with a 1tb 5400 rpm Hard drive. However I would like to change it out with a 7200rpm hard drive. My question is do you have to use a dell 7200 rpm hard drive for the computer. Or can I just buy one from somewhere else as long as it is compatible? any info about this would be great appreciated thank you in advance.
     
  2. JST1946

    JST1946 Regular member

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    It souldn't make any difference if you buy one somewhere else as long as it is compatable with your system and it fits in the case. make sure the connectors are the same.It will probably be cheaper than buying it from Dell anyways.
     
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    alright thanks for the fast response I didnt think it mattered as long as i get one that fits and the same connector. thank you again
     
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    thank you ddp
     
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    thought you might need it when you go to upgrade the drive & wondering to yourself "were is it".
     
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    another question am I able to put a sata 3 hard drive in that laptop?
     
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    most laptops but not all don't use cables to their drives as they direct connect the drive into the motherboard.
     
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    so if I end up putting a sata 3 in the laptop will I still see the full speed from the sata 3?
     
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    if the laptop uses sata 1 or 2 interface then won't see full potential of sata 3.
     
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    this is actually the hard drive that is in the laptop at the moment WD5000BEVT I thought it was 1tb but its 500gb. I think its a SATA 2 HDD if I am not mistaking. If that is the case and I go with a SATA 3 HDD 7200 rpm will I see the speed difference with SATA 3? Or will the sata 3 just end up converting down to SATA 2?
     
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    if laptop has sata2 interface then sata3 hd will run as sata2.
     
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    oh ok well thank you for all your help
     
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    no problem.
     

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