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
Please check Julius Lagula’s extensive step by step guide.