09-26-2013 12:57 PM
I have an HP Compaq DC7800 Convertible Minitower running XP professional. It currently has an 80 gb hard drive. I want to upgrade the hard drive. How can I find out which Western Digital 1 TB hard drive will work? I asked WD and they said I would need to contact HP.
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09-27-2013 09:05 AM
You may have a problem upgrading to a sata III drive.
Please see this thread below and my personal experience installing a WD SATA III HDD in my dc7800.
09-27-2013 09:34 AM
Thank you so much for the information. When I contacted Western Digital they were iffy on whether their drive would work. So, I contacted Seagate and told them what I had and asked for a list of drives that would be a straight swap with the 80 GB that is in my machine and they gave me 3 numbers (a 500, 750 and 1T). I am going to order the 1T model ST1000DM003.
I am going to use their drive clone utility and pray that all goes well. If it doesn't, there isn't anything wrong with 80 GB that is in the machine. I can always reinstall it and just add a second disk. I love my dc7800 with win xp professional. I just purchased a new Lenovo running windows 7 which I will eventually learn to like but I don't plan on getting rid of my xp system until I see smoke coming from it.
Thank you again.
09-27-2013 02:19 PM
I did click on the newegg link and there was a note on the item stating that there is an upgraded model and a link to go to the item. I clicked on the link and it took me to the model that Seagate recommended. Although, I ordered it from Amazon for $10 less than Newegg and since I have a Prime account, shipping is 2 day and free.
Thank you again for steering me away from the WD drive.
09-27-2013 02:25 PM - edited 09-27-2013 02:26 PM
Hopefully it will work just fine.
I was aware of the updated model but as I said the older model was still available and that is the exact model I put in my dc7800.
All we can do is hope that seagate made the newer version of the drive backward compatible with the HP business desktop sata II controllers.
Please post back, and let me know if the newer model works OK and I will then steer folks to the new drive if yours works.
09-27-2013 02:42 PM
I will let you know how it goes. I saved the chat session from Seagate. If it doesn't work, they have some explaining to do.
When you installed yours, did you use the Seagate DiskWizard to clone the drive? If not, what did you use?
09-27-2013 08:49 PM
That was just too much to hope for. Amazon just sent an email that my new drive will be here tomorrow. Maybe I will get time to install it this weekend.
09-28-2013 06:39 AM
I like Amazon too.
I am waiting for my nw Linksys AE3000 USB wireless adapter to show up, so I can upgrade my dc7800's wireless to dual band.
Why not order a set of recovery disks for your dc7800 while you can?
Then you don't need to worry about how to get your OS on another drive.
Just call this number...1-800-334-5144. A set will cost you $10.00. Have the serial number handy.
Mine has a Vista Business COA with a downgrade to XP Pro.
I got a set of XP Pro recovery disks, Vista Business 32 bit, and Vista Business 64 bit.
I am currently running W7 Pro x64 and 8 GB of memory in mine. Still works great!
I have my drive controller set to RAID to squeeze all the performance out of it that I can. RAID gives slightly better performance than IDE mode.