My hard drive was failing. This gave me an excuse to get a new hard drive for a fresh install of Windows 7. This also gave me an excuse to add more memory too.
Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box
- Windows 7 Ultimate Retail
- Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Hard Drive
- OCZ 2x 2GB DDR2 PC800 memory
The installation couldn’t have been easier. I replaced my old hard drive, remove 2 wires and 4 screws. I installed the memory. I already had 2 Dimms in the system. Adding 2 more will bring my total to 8GBs.
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive
After closing everything up, I booted up the system and inserted the Windows 7 DVD. I chose the 64 bit version because I wanted to take advantage of more memory. It took my system about 30 minutes to complete the installation. It found all the necessary drivers and installed them automatically. That’s kind of nice.
So far, my experience with Windows 7 is pleasant. There’s a few new things to learn. The taskbar is a welcomed change. It lets you dock shortcuts to programs you often use. The 64 bit version of the operating system is a bit snappier than the 32 bit version.
The one annoying thing is that the Run Command was not enable by default. To enable it, right click on the taskbar, Start Menu Tab, Customize…, and check the Run Command box located about 2/3 down on the list.
Asus still cares about the early adopters and posted a guide on how to upgrade your “old” Eee PC 1000H or 1000HE to the new Windows 7. Upgrading to the new operating system is not as easy as formatting the hard drive and running the dvd from an external drive. Asus is recommending that you upgrade the BIOS before upgrading to Windows 7.
Asus has posted a guide here: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?model=EEE+PC+1000H/XP&f_name=windows7_self_upgradeguide_1000h.zip&SLanguage=en-us
As for me, I won’t be install Windows 7 on my 1000H. Why? Because I’m doing just fine on XP. I’ll leave Windows 7 for my desktop.
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
The goal for any computer geek to squeeze as much speed out of their machines as possible. What I’m focusing on is the hard drive. The hard drive is always the slowest part of a computer.
For the Eee PC 1000H, you have two options. You can go all out and splurge on a Solid State Drive or save a few bucks and go with a 7200 RPM drive.
Benefits of an SSD:
SSDs have come down in price. 64GB for $140 is really compared to a year ago ($500). SSDs are crazy fast and you’ll pick up an extra hour of battery life. For the Eee PC 1000H, I suggest the G.Skill 64 GB SSD available at Newegg.com for $140.
The downside of this drive is that it’s expensive relative to traditional hard drives. It’s also expensive. And last but not least, it’s only 64GB. You can definitely buy a bigger 128GB but you’re looking to spend upwards of $250.
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As for the traditial notebook drives, I’m looking at the Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 7200RPM 2.5 inch SATA drive. It’s only $90 and you’re getting 320GB. You’re not going to improve the battery life much. This drive is a low power comsumption drive, but it can’t compare to an SSD.
Western Digital Scorpio 320 GB
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I’ll let you know what I decide to do.
Right off the bat, you need to modify your new Asus Eee PC 1000H. Trust me, these are two very welcomed and easy mods. Well, only one of them is necessary, but the other is considered “nice to have.”
The Asus Eee PC 1000H comes with a meager 1 GB of memory. I’m not sure why, but memory is cheap. The bare minimum now is 2GB. If you haven’t upgraded the memory and looking to buy, look at this deal from Buy.com. Please note that the 1000H only has one memory slot and the maximum you can install is 2GB. This is similar to the MSI Wind.
Crucial 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz SO-DIMM for $19.99 after Mail In rebate with Free Shipping.
The other thing you need to purchase is a SDHC memory card. It’s not necessary, but nice to have. Since I carry my files with me, I always use a 8gb SDHC flash memory card to transport the files. Why not a USB thumb drive? Battery. The USB drive sucks battery life more than an SDHC card. A card that I consider cheap, fast, and good (the trifecta) is the Kingston Class 6 8GB SDHC card.
Kingston 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card – Class 6 for only $27.24 and Free Shipping at Buy.com