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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.

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.

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

A note about Notebook Drives

I’m looking into which notebook drive is the best bang for my buck.  Then I arrived at a thought.  Since notebook drives, non-SSDs, are about the price of a Western Digital Passport External Drive, I can load the new OS (probably an n-Lite version of XP) by USB, then crack it open and swap out the drive in my Asus Eee PC 1000H.  Yea…there’s just one problem.  To get a performance boost, I’m going with a WD 7200 RPM drive.  The Passport drives are 5400 RPM.  Just thought I would mention it before any of you starting thinking about it.

On a side note, I’m thinking about creating a dual-boot hard drive, XP and Ubuntu.  What is Ubuntu?  It’s a user friendly version of Linux with all the features.  http://www.ubuntu.com

Asus Eee PC 1000H – How to Upgrade the Hard Drive Part 1

The Asus Eee PC 1000H comes with an 80 GB Seagae Momentus Drive that spins at 5400RPM.  That’s okay, but if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, you can have a faster computer with more storage. This require advance computer skills because you’ll be changing hardware and re-installing Windows.

So here’s part 1.  Let’s go shopping.

You have several brands to choose from, Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and etc.

I’m not a real fan of Seagate drives.  I had an external drive that failed on me.  More about that in another post.  I would choose the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM drive.  It’s currently $79.99 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Hard Drive Upgrade

The current Seagate Momentus Hard Drive in the Asus Eee PC 1000H run pretty warm already.  With the Western Digital, expect it to be a little bit warmer, but nothing to be concerned with.  In my opinion, the benefit of the additional speed out weighs the additional heat produced.

For $80 bucks, it’s well worth it.  Now, you can splurge and get a Solid State Drive.  The price starts at $300 for a 64GB model and goes way up from there.  Go with the WD drive.

Stay tuned for Part 2, how to install.

Click here for the WD product page at Newegg.com.

Best External Hard Drive

How to choose the best external hard drive for you. Click on the picture to go to the product page on Buy.com.

Basic

If you just need more storage, a simple drive is for you.
I recommend the Western Digital 500GB My Book drive. I have one of these personally.
Western Digital 500GB My Book Essential II USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

It features a USB 2.0 port and no fuss set up.  $108 and Free Shipping

Intermediate

If you are an intermediate user that works with large images and need to connect via FireWire, USB, or eSATA, than this drive is for you.
Western Digital 750GB My Book Home Edition - Triple Interface (USB 2.0, eSATA & FireWire 400) External Hard Drive

It features 3 types of connections, eSATA, USB 2.0, and Firewire.   $170 and Free Shipping

Advance

If you have media or files you want to share with other computers in the house, than the Buffalo LinkStation is for you.
Buffalo 750GB LinkStation Live Multimedia Storage Server - 7200 RPM, SATA, DLNA Certified - Network Hard Drive

This drive features 2 USB ports and a network port. The drive connects to your network like any computer, most likely through a free port on your router. Any file on the drive can be shared to any computer on the network. It’s that simple.

I really trust Buffalo drives. I have one as my main back up drive.  $222 and Free Shipping