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.
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.
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.
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
Grand Total = $116
64GB SSD = $175
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my Eee. I’ve been using it daily, and it’s holding up like a champ. I did notice some slowing. It’s really odd because I don’t install much software on it. The only thing that I’ve notice is that the Windows Update might be causing the slow down. SInce purchasing the it, there has been 3 updates.
Here’s a few tips to optimize your netbook and computer if you experience a slowdown.
- Defrag your hard drive. Open up “My Computer” -> Right click on the “C:\” drive -> Go to properties -> Tools
- Software – Don’t install a lot of software and uninstall any you don’t use.
- Clean out your registry – The registry needs the occasional scrubbing to get rid of obsolete entries. I recommend CCleaner.
- Scan for viruses and spyware. You should have a anti-virus program and a anti-spyware program. I recommend AVG’s Free Anti-Virus Protection: AVG’s Website. Here’s a good Anti-Spyware: Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Website.
I hope these tips will help you optimize your Netbook or computer.