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Asus Eee PC 1000H Hard Drive Swap – Part 1

*DIsclaimer*  Follow this guide at your own risk.  I am not responsible if you damaged your property.

I decided to do a fresh install on the new hard drive.  A fresh start is always better.  The actual swap and installation of the OS only took a couple of hours.  However, typing everything out with pictures is more labor intensive than doing the actual upgrade.  So I’m splitting the how to article into two parts, hardware and software.

This is the hardware portion.

Let’s go over things you’ll need.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Hard Drive Swap - Tools

Small Philips and flat head screwdrivers.  I have another one with a bigger handle for better grip.
Your Asus Eee PC 1000H
A towel to lay your Asus Eee PC on to prevent getting scratches.
Your new 7200RPM Hard Drive

Step 1.  Unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery from the Asus Eee PC 1000H.

Step 2.  Lay the Eee PC on the upside down on a towel to prevent any scratches

Step 3.  Removed the back cover by removing the two screws located near the battery bay and carefully prying the back cover off.

Step 4.  Removed the two screws holding the hard drive cage to the Eee.

Step 5.  Carefully slide the hard drive away from SATA Connector.

Step 6.  Remove hard drive from the cage.  There should be a total of 4 screws, 2 on each side.

Step 7.  Replace old hard drive with your new hard drive in the cage and replace 4 screws in Step 6.

Step 8.  Place the hard drive with the cage back in the hard drive bay.  Carefully align the SATA port of the hard drive with the port of on the Eee.

Step 9.  Firmly push the drive towards the SATA ports once everything is aligned and properly seated.  It should slide easily.

Step 10.  Replace the two screws holding the cage to the Eee in Step 4.

Step 11.  Replace the back cover and secure with the 2 screws in Step 3.

That’s it.  11 easy steps to installing a new hard drive in your Eee PC.  It sounds like a lot of steps but it should only take you 15 minutes at most.  30 minutes if you are brand new to computers.  If you are brand new computer, maybe you shouldn’t do this upgrade.

New Asus Eee PC 1000HE

It seems that every month, Asus releases a new netbook model.  Let’s just take a look at the all the Asus 10 inch netbooks.  There’s the Asus Eee PC 1000, 1000H, 1000HA, 1002HA, N10, S101, and 1000HE.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

I own the 1000H.  So what is different in the 1000HE than my 1000H?

The 1000HE has a marginally faster Intel Atom N280 (1.66MHz) vs. the 1000H’s N270 (1.6 MHz).  The new N280 also has a faster front side bus 667 MHz vs. 533 MHz.  All this means it’s a teeny bit faster than my 1000H.

You also get the 160 GB hard drive and 10 GB of encrypted online storage provided by ASUS.

You get an LED backlit 10 inch LCD.  The new Asus Eee PC 1000HE also has a new keyboard.  It’s supposed to improve the comfort and the overall typing experience.  The new keyboard is similar to those found on the new Apple laptops.

So what’s so new about the new 1000HE.  The answer is the battery.  The battery on the 1000H is supposed to last 7 hours.  I only manage to get 6.5 hours.  The battery on the 1000HE is stated to last up to a whooping 9.5 hours.  This was achieved by increasing the battery amps from 2.6 to 2.9.

The price for the Asus Eee PC 1000HE starts at $399 and should be available soon.

Asus plans to release 2 more models in the future, the 1004DN and the 1000HAE.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Hard Drive Part 2

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been debating whether or not I want to install a Solid State Disk in my Asus Eee PC 1000H.  To maximize speed and battery of my Eee PC, an SSD would certainly help.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

But the price, $179 after rebates at newegg.com, is definitely holding me back from doing the mod.  SSDs suffers from memory cell loss.  Like a battery, the capacity of a drive slowly depletes.  For me, it’s not quite worth it to spend that much on an SSD.  Intel is supposedly developing their own line of affordable SSDs.  I think I’ll leave the Seagate drive in the Eee PC alone for now.

Gadget Review Part 2: Asus Eee PC

I’ve been using an Asus Eee PC 4G for a few months now.  I originally bought it to be a companion PC for my work laptop.  I don’t like to mix business and personal.

Right off the bat, I complained about the tiny keyboard.  I have fat fingers.  Then there’s the tiny screen, 7 inches.  It’s hard to view web pages at 800×480 resolution.  Everything involved scrolling on the tiny track pad.  But it served its purpose.  It was small, lightweight, and handled the job of basic computing.

So what now?  I’m tired of squinting to read the screen.  I’m tired of mashing 3 tiny keys under my finger.  I think I’ll be upgrading to the MSI Wind.  After all, I got my economic stimulus rebate and I have to spend it right?  More about the MSI Wind later.