What hard drives work on this ZG5?
I want to improve my ZG5 storage capacity. It comes with only 8 GB in a flash drive and I want to change it to a regular magnetic hard drive.
¿What references fits well into this little machine?
These machines are a hot mess in terms of what works and doesn't. Some of them use an IDE ZIF (1.8”) drive which is nearly impossible to find short of gutting an older iPod or Zune, basically. The other ones use a 2.5” drive, but it has to be I/II/III compatible - SATA III Fixed speed drives will not work. What capacity is the original drive? That may be a clue. In addition, check Device Manager for a drive model to tell as well.
If you are lucky enough to have a 2.5" system, you can install just about any drive under 2TB you want - as long as the right SATA support is there. As a general rule, with the ZG5 if it came with an SSD, it's usually IDE. TYPICALLY, this drive is difficult to find (and if you do, it often costs more than the netbook is worth). The IDE drives are just not worth upgrading due to cost :(.
The problem is you need to do a complete teardown to see which board you have. The ZG5 doesn’t have access panels on it for easy HD/RAM access. The guide can be found here.
There are at least two different models of your netbook. In one you must disassemble as nick states--the other is easier. I will provide links to videos for both to assist you is your project.
The second one is in Spanish but you can follow the video if you don't speak Spanish. Good luck with your upgrade.
One way might be to install the largest capacity SD card that you want or can afford and configure it and use it as the "storage drive" for your data and leave it permanently in there.
Don't know the BIOS boot options but most likely you can't boot from the SD card so you'll have to leave the OS on the motherboard storage
The upside in doing this is that your data is easy to access if your laptop fails or if you want to leave your laptop unattended for a short while e.g. a library - simply unmount the card and remove it and take it with you. It is also unobtrusive i.e. doesn't protrude from the body of the laptop.
The downside is that it is also easier for someone else to remove it from the laptop but they have to know that it is there ;-)
I guess you could make a custom caddy and install a 1.8” HDD (they made those in sizes up to 320GB).