A few weeks ago I purchased a Western Digital 500GB Scorpio Black SATA 7200 RPM for my Sager Np8690. I also purchased from
CompUSA a Vantec USB 2.0 to SATA (Serial ATA)/IDE Adapter.
I removed the old 320GB HDD and installed the new 500GB drive, installed Windows 7 x64 Ultimate (came with my PC) and then installed Ubuntu 11.04 x64 onto a second partition. This time I made the Ubuntu partition larger for all the VMs I had on the old system. I used the Vantec device and copied all my data files for all my account in Ubuntu and Windows 7 to the new HDD. I’ve used the Vantec device at work many times, and to me it was worth $20.00.
The old 320 HDD is locked away in-case I ever need it again. Maybe I will install it into a external eSATA device for quick backups or recovery for PCs that I work on in my spare time.
I am please with the performance of the drive, but happier that I don’t receive messages from the OS telling me I’m out of space again.