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OK to use only one internal drive in laptop with room for two internal drives?

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Internal drives in one specific position ("disk 0") of my Dell XPS M1730 laptop/notebook have repeatedly failed. Three such failures in 3+ years...as well as four external hard drive failures in same amount of time.

I asked a different question in this forum that focused on how to try to prevent future problems. (I live in Costa Rica, and electrical voltage fluctuates frequently. I'm getting protection from that.)

I have backed up an image of my entire computer (Windows XP, applications, and data) on two different external hard drives and two different backup programs (Acronis and Paragon). I will be restoring from one of those images.

The Dell XPS M1730 accepts two internal hard drives. I've been using one 250GB and one 200GB internal HDDs (7200RPM).

Question: Would it make sense or likely cause a problem if I restored everything to only one 500GB internal HDD? I'm thinking of putting a 500GB HDD in the position ("disk 1") in which I have had no HDD failures. There may be less heat in that position.

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