Sony Vaio UX50 60 GB HDD Upgrade

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Newbie Buying Ux380n

Postby GLOBETROTTER5 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 23:46

Good day all. I first have to say Thank You!! I have been reading post for the last 6hours trying to get a handle on the UX. I will be buying a 380N running Vista Business on 12/1/08 depending on responses. This is what I have gathered for optimal performance. Please let me know if it makes sense.

1. Reload XP on the unit
2. Replace hard drive with a 80g or 100g toshiba brand or an SSD drive (not sure)
3. Buy extended battery
4. Call Sony for Unlock code
5. Remove extra partition?
6. Use 8g or 16g memory stick to increase ram speed?
7. Buy a sprint U720 to obtain 3G speed

Thanks again!!:)

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Postby computercowboy » Sun Nov 30, 2008 04:39

GLOBETROTTER5 wrote:1. Reload XP on the unit

That is a given
GLOBETROTTER5 wrote:2. Replace hard drive with a 80g or 100g toshiba brand or an SSD drive (not sure)

Get an SSD, this is the one you want for the best size
http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi?store=dvnation&product_name=Samsung+64GB+ZIF+SSD&exact_match=exact

or if you want the best performance look for an MTRON 32GB 1.8" ZIF drive on eBay
they go for $275 shipped
GLOBETROTTER5 wrote:3. Buy extended battery

for sure
GLOBETROTTER5 wrote:4. Call Sony for Unlock code
5. Remove extra partition?

yes wipe it all out
GLOBETROTTER5 wrote:6. Use 8g or 16g memory stick to increase ram speed?

you can only use readyboost with Vista, if you are running XP you don't have that feature,if using SSD there is no point because the page file will be faster than the memory stick
GLOBETROTTER5 wrote:7. Buy a sprint U720 to obtain 3G speed

sure, why not


Furthermore send your computer off to Anh for a Core2Duo upgrade, you won't be disappointed.


Also for starters buy a 390N instead, it is all black (looks cooler) and it comes with SSD so even if you upgrade to can sell the SSD, a 1.8" HDD is pretty worthless
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Postby GLOBETROTTER5 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 14:11

Thanks very much spacecowboy. Very helpful info. You are the man!!

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Postby water » Sun Jan 25, 2009 04:23

computercowboy wrote:you can only use readyboost with Vista, if you are running XP you don't have that feature,if using SSD there is no point because the page file will be faster than the memory stick

A page file is the exact same thing as ready boost. You can do it on XP, it's just he can use the SSD. If he does run out of space though, that's definitely an option (it will just be much slower).

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Postby water » Sun Jan 25, 2009 04:25

I also think the silver looks better and would reflect light better (for maybe .01 degree in difference =Þ).

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Postby water » Wed Aug 19, 2009 00:06

water wrote:A page file is the exact same thing as ready boost. You can do it on XP, it's just he can use the SSD. If he does run out of space though, that's definitely an option (it will just be much slower).


Sorry for confusion, yes it has been a long time since I posted that XD. I mean that it will be slower than using RAM, but because it is a SSD, the page file will still be very efficient compared to HDD. I say forget ready boost, use page files.

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Postby metamet » Tue Apr 06, 2010 21:00

mates, i upgraded my UX380N's hdd to Hitachi 120 gb , its more thick than 5 mm original hdd but it replaced. performance is better than 40 gb original hdd on Win7 Ultimate.

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Postby robinbilliards » Sat Jul 17, 2010 08:06

You need to get out of these five screws to get the disc. When you do this, bezel set to lose, and you will be able to physically access the drive. You may find it more comfortable to reach a gray cable (see Figure 5), there is little in the way, if you want to access the hard disk.


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