Ever since the emergence of bigger megapixel cameras, the demand of drive space has considerably gone up. The original Canon 5D would consistently yield file sizes to 10-15mbs per file, yet the new Canon 5D Mark II is now easily 30mbs over per file. One of the most important thing to a photographer is to backup his/her work. To me, I usually backup all the photos I shot after I take my CF card out of my cameras in case one of my compact flash cards gets damaged, or lost. My Epson P-3000 has been very reliable for me over the past two or so years. However, the 40GB of space is simple not enough to backup a day’s worth of work and I decided it was time to upgrade the hard drive.
I basically followed Julius Lagula’s guide to upgrading and it was a success. One important thing to mention tho, is that it does not like any drives other than Fujitsu drives. I first purchased a Samsung 160GB PATA 2.5 hard disk but the P-3000 wouldn’t take it. Luckily I had a Fujitsu 120GB drive installed in my older laptop so I swapped the parts. Apparently Fujitsu drives uses less power than all the other brands out there.
Quick notes to get started,
1. Fujitsu 2.5 hard drive
2. Tools required: 2 different Phillips screwdrivers and a really small hex key (not sure about the proper size number)
3. Be organized because there are tons of little screws
4. Software such as Acronis or Clonezilla