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Asus Eee PC 1000H Hard Drive Swap – Part 2

Before I get started, here is the finished product from the hardware swap.

Part 2 – Loading the OS
If you have an external DVD drive, hook up the drive to the Eee PC prior to booting up.

Step 1.  Power up the dvd drive and insert the Asus Eee PC 1000H Recovery DVD.

Step 2.  Power up your Eee and press Esc.  Don’t stop until the system ask you what drive you want to boot from.

Step 3.  The system will load a Windows Staging environment from the DVD as it copies the factory image of the OS to your Hard Drive.  They system uses Symantec Ghost to re-install the hard drive image.


Step 4.  The system will stop and ask you how you want to set up the hard drive partition.  After you make your selection, follow the on screen directions until Windows is completely installed.

Note, you make have to reboot a few times.  After this, Windows should be up and running on your new Hard Drive.

If you do not have access to an external DVD drive, there is a way to load the OS through a USB key.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Asus Eee PC 1000H Recovery DVD
A PC running Windows XP or Vista with a DVD drive and WinRAR installed.
A 4 GB USB Flash Drive
This website:  http://myeeeguides.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/eee-pc-1000h-recovery-from-usb-flash-drive/

I can’t take credit for this.  I found a very good guide that walks you through makiing a bootable flash drive.  It’s a very easy and good guide.

Decision to make

I received all the parts necessary to complete the hard drive swap in the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  The new Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 7200 RPM drive is still sitting in it’s anti-static bag.  There are two options for me to proceed.

1.  I can clone the old drive and do a swap.

OR

2.  I can install a fresh new copy of Windows XP on the new drive.

I think I’ll think about it for a while.  Either way, I need an external CD drive.  Fortunately, I have an extra 5.25 inch external enclosure and an unused CD Burner drive sitting around.  I think I’ll make a decision soon.  I’m anxious to get geeky.

Asus Eee PC 1000H SSD vs New Hard Drive

I’ve finally made a decision on a new hard drive for my Eee PC 1000H.  It’s was pretty easy.  I decided to ditch the SSD for a Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 7200RPM drive.  I won’t get the same battery life saving properties, but I’ll get a noticable performance increase.  Important, don’t purchase a 500GB drive.  320GB is the max you can go.

Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Black with Free Fall Sensor SATA 7200 RPM 2.5IN 16MB WD3200BJKT Bulk/OEM Hard Drive WD3200BJKT

While purchasing the hard drive, I also picked up the Apricorn USB HDD Adapter.

With this adapter, I can plug in the new hard drive via USB and clone the old hard drive.  The Eee PC is not really set up to add another drive on the motherboard.  Besides, this thing has other uses.  I can turn any internal drive into a usb drive.  It’s a handy little device to access old drives without the hassle of installing it in your case.

So what’s my total damage:

WD 320GB Hard Drive:  $89
Apricorn Adapter:  $37
Adapter Rebate: -$10
Free Shipping
Grand Total = $116

vs.

64GB SSD = $175

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Memory Upgrade

The Asus Eee PC 1000H came with 1GB of memory pre-installed.  With today’s memory hungry applications, 2 GB is better for smooth computing.  SInce 2 GB is the maximum amount you can install in the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  I went with a Corsair 2GB module I bought at Fry’s for $25 after rebate.  The Asus Eee PC 1000H can use any memory module 200 Pin So-dimm DDR2 PC5300 667 MHz.  The system will adjust to the right speed if you install a faster module.

Here’s what you need to get this done.

  • Small Philips Screwdriver
  • The 2 GB Memory Module
  • Asus Eee PC 1000H
  • 10 Minutes
  • Difficulty – Easy

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Here’s what you do.

Step 1 – Remove Battery – Just a safety precaution

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 2 – Unscrew the two screws on the back cover nearest to the battery.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 3 – Remove Back Cover.  Carefully pry the cover off.  It’s held in place by plastic clips attaced to the edge of the back cover.  Your Eee PC 1000H should look like the picture below.  With the MSI Wind, you have to remove the whole plastic shell of the computer to access these parts.  Asus cleverly placed the two items, memory and hard drive, that most people will upgrade right under a very accessible cover.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 4 – Remove the memory module.  Like most laptops, the module is held in place by two metal clips (red arrows) on two sides of the module.  Carefully and slowly pull the metal clips away from the module.  You just have to pry it out a little bit, maybe 2 mm, and the module will pop up.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 5 – Remove the memory module.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 6 – Insert new memory module at a 45 degree angle and press down until the two metal clips snaps around the module.  Check to make sure the module is secure.  Replace cover and you’re done.

Asus Eee PC 1000H