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Hard Drive Upgrade Suggestions for Dell E1705

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I wish to upgrade my current 100GB hard drive in my Dell Inspiron E1705 to a 320GB hard drive. Will ANY 2.5inch 7200 hard drive work (ie, Hitachi, Seagate, WD, etc.)? Also, is there one that uses less power to conserve battery life, as well as is there any problems with the heat issue and installing it in a two year old laptop? I saw an older question about this and someone mentioned an eSATA drive. Is that different from a SATA drive listed on most hard drive sales websites?

[NOTE: Dell tech support says E1705 only will hold 200GB drive. Seagate drive tech people said 'contact Dell' to find out if drives compatable' BUT they think it would be....uggh!]
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Your laptop will hold 320 G just fine even the Dell said up to 200 G only.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins9400/en/om/specs.htm#wp1082923
How to disassemly and install:
 http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins9400/en/om/parts.htm#wp1052489
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins9400/en/sm/index.htm
There might be an adapter for the drive, you might have to remove it from old drive and put it on new drive.
How hot system that you talk about?
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In regards to heat, I know laptops tend to run hot anyway and noted in answer to older hard drive question that 'drives bigger than 200GB' will become available when heat issue solved'...so hope that has been. I've seen different recommendations for various hard drives with Seagate stating their 32OGB drive has lowest power consumption, etc. Is this true and is there somewhere to compare comparable drives from different manufacturers to determine power consumption, noise levels, etc.?
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It is hard to compare between hard drive vendors ... I dont trust their technical specs ... I found that some drive is very quiet and other is noisy even they are all coming from same vendor.
Bigger drive or smaller drive wont resolve the heat issue for laptop. To decrease the heat temp that is also wishes for laptop manufacturers ....
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Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.
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