Increase Operating Speed of Asus K50IJ and X50GL laptop


I use this laptop for viewing and editing Photo's.
As the Photo files are around 10+MB it takes a while to open the files.
I have the Photo Files on a External USB HD
How can I speed it up?
Solid State HDD?
Faster HD?

It has
  Memory slots
  Total memory slots 2
  Used memory slots 1
  Free memory slots 1
  Type DDR2
  Size 2014 MBytes
  Channels # Single
  DRAM Frequency 332.5 MHz
  CAS# Latency (CL) 5 clocks
  RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 5 clocks
  RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5 clocks
  Cycle Time (tRAS) 15 clocks
  Number Of SPD Modules 0
  Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
  Model K50IJ
  Version 1.0
  Chipset Vendor Intel
  Chipset Model GL40
  Chipset Revision 09
  Southbridge Vendor Intel
  Southbridge Model 82801IM (ICH9-M)
  Southbridge Revision 03
  Brand American Megatrends Inc.
  Version 217

  Date 12/04/2009
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"What RAM should I get? What are the options with speed ect?"

XP 32 bit allows 4GB (64 bit allows 128GB)
But when you open the System properties in Control Panel, WinXP tells you that there is 3.5GB, or maybe only 3 GB, this depends on your system.

You can add another 2GB 800MHz DDR2 Non-ECC memory to your laptop to max it to 4GB.

A faster and bigger internal HDD will allow you to store your Photo files on it and give you more speed.
Your GL40 chipset will support an upgrade of to up to 1TB Hard Drive or up to 250GB SSD

Or if want more speed (the restriction will now be your CPUs speed):
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The most obvious upgrade is always RAM and as you have one spare slot you could easily add in another matched stick of RAM.  However you do not say what operating system you have as this may restrict the maximum amount of RAM your laptop will see and use.  The maximum your motherboard can take is 4Gb so you have the option to double your RAM.  Another solution may be to add a larger and faster hard drive to your laptop in place of your exisitng drive as you will most likely be causing a bit of slow down in file transfer times by using an external drive.  Also a free way to speed things up is to do a cleanup on all drives and a full defragment.
p-platerAuthor Commented:
Runing Windows XP
Have done a disc clean up and defrag.

What RAM should I get?
What are the options with speed ect?

Is it possable to get a lead to adapt the laptop direct to a external 15K RM HD?
(So it Boots from a HD not in the Laptop - As I don't think I can get a 15K drive that will fit in the Lptop)
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If you are using XP 32-Bit I believe you will see and be able to use up to 3.2Gb but the 64-Bit versions can use the full 4Gb.  It is always a good idea to use matched pairs for your RAM so installing a second stick of the exact same RAM as you currently have would be advisable.  

As for a cable to connect between your laptop and a hdd you can of course use a firewire external hard disk that would operate at faster speeds.  From what I can see your laptop has a 1394a Firewire 400 (transfer speeds vary from 100 up to 400 mbps) connection and so could use this for faster connections as USB2 has slower data transfer speeds (up to 480mbps but most likely a maximum of 120 mbps).

p-platerAuthor Commented:
When you say Finewire has a fuch faster transfer speed you mean in actual use?
as in the figures you gave me it looks like USB2 is faster (480mbps - 400mbps)
It means that more than likely your USB shares its full speed across all USB ports so you can basically divide the full speed (480mbps) by however many ports you have and that will be your estimated speed on one port.  eg if you have 4 ports the maximum transfer speed would be 120mbps.  Please remember this is only an estimate as this gets very complicated when you introduce other hardware factors but it is most likely that the USB transfer speed will never be as fast as firewire.
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