HELP! Can I upgrade the 5400 rpm drives in my Laptop to 7200 rpm drive


Jun 1, 2009

I am new to your site and have a question, one of the hard drives in my VAIO VGNAR290G has failed, I am running in RAID 0, can I upgrade to 7200 rpm drives to replace the 5400 rpm drives?

Below is the info on my laptop.

Any help would be appreciated.


Hard Drive
Capacity : 200GB2 (100GBx2) in RAID 0

Interface : Serial ATA

Speed : 5400rpm

Keyboard : QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.5mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch

Camera : Built-in camera and microphone

Computer Type : Notebook

Type of Use : Desktop Replacement

Action Buttons : S1, S2, AV Mode, Volume, Mute, Eject, Play/Pause/Stop, Wireless LAN On/Off, TV Record, FF, Rewind, Channel + and -

Pointing Device : Electro-Static touch pad

Battery Type : Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS2C)

Estimated Battery Life : 1.5-2.5 hours7 with standard battery

Power Requirements : 150W+10%

Expansion Slots
Multimedia Card Reader : Supports optional Memory Stick® media and Memory Stick DUO™ media5 with MagicGate® functionality and Secure Digital Media (SD) One PCMCIA - Type II/Type I card slot with CardBus support One ExpressCard™ /54 Slot

Service and Warranty Information
Online and Email Support : Support available from Sony eSupport - Electronics

Limited Warranty : 1 Year Limited Warranty9. See actual warranty for details.

Telephone Support : 1 year toll-free technical telephone assistance, available 24/711

Sound System : Sony® Sound Reality™ - Audio Enhancer

Optical Drive #1
Blu-Ray Disc™ Support : Yes15

BD-ROM Read : 1.6x max.

BD-R Read : 1x max.

BD-RE Read : 1x max.

BD-R Write : 1x max.16

BD-RE Write : 1x max.16

DVD+R DL Write : 2.4x max.

DVD-R DL Write : 2x max.

DVD±RW : Yes4

DVD+R Write : 8x max.

DVD+RW Write : 4x max.

DVD-R Write : 8x max.

DVD-RW Write : 4x max.

DVD-RAM Write : 5x max.

DVD-RAM Read : 5x max.

DVD Read : 8x max.

CD-R Write : 8x max.

CD-RW Write : 8x max.

CD Read : 24x max.

BD-R DL Read : 1x max.

BD-R DL Write : 1x max.16

BD-RE DL Read : 1x max.

BD-RE DL Write : 1x max.16

Processor : NVDIA® GeForce® Go 7600GT

Video RAM : 256MB

Chipset : Intel® 945PM

Interface : VGA out w/ Smart Display Sensor, HDMI™ out and S-Video out

TV Tuner : Yes (NTSC)

Front Side Bus Speed : 667MHz

Type : Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200

Speed : 2GHz1

L2 Cache : 4MB

Technology : Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology

Bluetooth® Technology : Integrated Bluetooth® Technology10

Ethernet Protocol : Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)

Ethernet Speed : 10Base-T/100Base-TX

Modem Type : Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem with (RJ-11)

Wireless LAN : Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (802.11a/b/g)3

Anti-Virus and Recovery Software : Norton® Internet Security 60-Day Subscription - Norton AntiVirus®, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton Antispam® and Norton Parental Control TrendMicro™ Anti-Spyware 30-Day Trial Iolo® System Mechanic 30-Day Trial VAIO® Recovery Wizard VAIO® Update VAIO® Support Central VAIO® Security Center

Operating System : Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2

Supplied Software : Microsoft® Works 8.5 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office Trial13 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 200614 Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 4.0 Adobe® Premiere Elements 2.0 InterVideo® WinDVD BD InterVideo® WinDVD® Ulead® BD Disc Recorder Roxio® DigitalMedia SE Intuit Quicken® 2005 New User Edition (Previous Quicken users may require additional upgrade) DISCover My Games

Sony® Original Software : Click to DVD® - DVD Creation SonicStage Mastering Studio™ - Audio Mastering and Remastering SonicStage® - Digital Music DVgate™ Plus - Digital Video VAIO Media™ - Network File Sharing Image Converter - PSP™ Transfer 60-Minute Trial Version of Wheel of Fortune® 60-Minute Trial Version of Jeopardy® 60-Minute Trial Version of DaVinci Code and Bewitched Games

Internet Services : AOL Online™ 180-Day Trial (New Users Only)

Screen Size : 17"8

Screen or Display Technology : WUXGA

Resolution : 1920x1200

XBRITE-HiColor™ Technology : Yes

Inputs and Outputs
Headphone Jack : 1

i.LINK® Interface : 1 (4pin) i.LINK® connector (IEEE 1394)6

Microphone Input : 1

Port Replicator Connector(s) : 1

USB Port(s) : 3 (2.0 ports)

HDMI™ Connection Output(s) : 1

S-Video Input(s) : 1

S-Video Output(s) : 1

Audio/Video Input(s) : 1

RF Connection Input(s) : 1

S/PDIF Output(s) : 1

VGA Output(s) : 1

Ethernet Port : 1

Modem Jack : 1

Installed : 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-4200

Maximum : 2GB

Speed : 533MHZ