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ronnieyours
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Possible upgrades for Latitude D630

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Processor, T7300, 2.0, 4MB, Core Merom, G0
Hard Drive, 80G, 7.2K Small Form Factor, Moraga Plus - SATA, Latched Address

Processor, T7300, 2.0, 4MB, Core Merom, G0
Hard Drive, 80G, 7.2K Small Form Factor, Moraga Plus - SATA, Latched Address
4 GB RAM
Windows XP SP 3 (32 bit)


I was hoping to upgrade it to get more out of it.

The possible things I have in ind are

1. Replace the Hard disk with SSD (32 or 60 GB). Is this possible. If yes which SSD should I get SATA II.

2. Upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or professional 64 bit. Is this possible. The XP that I have is 32 bit and I read somewhere that Intel Core 2 Duo CPU's allow 64 bit operating system. Can I do this?

3. Upgrade from 4 GB to 8 GB RAM (provided I am able to install 64 bit). Please suggest.

ALso I read somewhere that SSD's are not that reliable and that their lifespan is less that our good old HDD. Is that so.

Would really appreciate if someone can share their experiences with me.

Thanks
Ron

 

 

 

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inpersona64
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I can suggest you an answer to questions 2 and 3.

It is possible for the Dell Latitude D630 laptop to run Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and yes, its processor has 64-bit capabilities. I know that for a fact because I own one. I have installed Win7 Ultimate 64-bit and I frequently use the 64-bit version of Sony Vegas Professional.

For the third question, any amount of RAM above 2GB is great for a laptop. As many will say, the more the better. I have installed 4GB on my laptop and can say that I'm satisfied. SSDs are very reliable, considering the fact that the this particular laptop was created with StrikeZone technology so it can take a couple of hits to the bottom, and if you can get your hands on one, go for it. You will appreciate the added speed and the drop in time it takes for you to access your information.

With that said, I'm not too sure on your first question, not because I don't understand it, but because it is of personal preference. I prefer HDD over SSD because they are cheaper for more space. I can't do anything with a hard drive less than 250GB. But that is me. If you like speed, then you might want a SSD.

I hope thei helps anyone who reads this post.

ejn63
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1. Replace the Hard disk with SSD (32 or 60 GB). Is this possible. If yes which SSD should I get SATA II.

2. Upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or professional 64 bit. Is this possible. The XP that I have is 32 bit and I read somewhere that Intel Core 2 Duo CPU's allow 64 bit operating system. Can I do this?

3. Upgrade from 4 GB to 8 GB RAM (provided I am able to install 64 bit). Please suggest.

ALso I read somewhere that SSD's are not that reliable and that their lifespan is less that our good old HDD. Is that so.

 

32 is too small - even a 64G SSD will force a lot of compromise in what you can install 

You CAN use a 64-bit OS (note that these tend to be larger in footprint from a drive and memory standpoint).

The system maxes out at 4G.  8G is not supported.

In general, your last point is true - SSDs are less reliable than conventional hard drives.

 

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ericv1984
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"The system maxes out at 4G.  8G is not supported."

You are VERY mistaken.  Some D630's max out at 4GB while some max out at 8GB, I know cause mine maxes out at 8. So don't assume that his maxes out at 4GB.

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ericv1984
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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate on mine and it runs like a champ.

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c0deater
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hi, im looking to upgrade from 4gb of ram and want to know if im maxed out or not, how do i tell witch it supports?
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ericv1984
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The maximum memory depends on which D630 you own. Download the system scanner here http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/. It'll tell you your current config. and also tells you how much ram your laptop can suppoort.

It will also tell you what type of ram your laptop supports (DDR2-PC2-5300S and DDR2 PC2-6400S). And gives you some options of ram to choose from.

If your laptop maxes out at 8GB, then the cost will be about 180 on crucial, or you can get it for about 125 new on eBay.

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ericv1984
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Here is what the scanner says for my laptop...

Memory:

DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300

Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC)

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Currently Installed Memory: 4GB

Total Memory Slots: 2

Available Memory Slots:  0

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mguerreiro
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I recently installed a OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III  SSD in my Latitude ATG D630 and upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and am very happy with the results. I have found the battery life is far superior and the boot times are amazing.  It's only been 3 months, so I can't comment on durability, but I wish I had done this a long time ago.

David611
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Re: Possible upgrades for Latitude D630

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A few thoughts ...

  1. I upgraded my D630 from XP to Win7 Pro 64bit with no problems.
  2. Installing any modern SSD should work fine.  I'm pretty sure that SATA 3 drives will work with SATA 2 controllers.
  3. I think that all D630's can handle 8gb of ram with the latest bios.
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