I want to swap my laptop's harddrive for something else, a larger drive.
Are desktop HDs different from laptop ones? Is it harder to add components to a laptop then a desktop? Are laptop HDs more $ than desktop ones?
I was looking for something bigger like 100 gig or more. I didn't want to spend more than $100 or 150 US. Anything pop to mind?
3rd May 2005
Laptops use 2.5" hard drives whereas desktops use 3.5" models. Other than that there's no discernable difference other than whether you need an IDE or SATA drive. Installing them is usually a matter of removing the old one by unscrewing some form of cover or pulling a release latch, and replacing it with the new one. Your laptop's manual should cover this. (Well, mine did anyway.)
As for price, 2.5" drives are generally more pricey than their desktop counterparts.
Tech is where you'll find me..
13th April 2005
Right, they are siginficaintly more expensive in gig to dollar ratio. The largest laptop drive I've seen is 120gigs.
Need some help?
5th August 2006
Check if it is ATA or S-ATA. For ATA:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136007 For S-ATA:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822145119 I like Western Digital, but could not find a 120Gig S-ATA....
How do I tell if my drive is ATA or SATA? It doesn't tell me in the System Information in My Computer.
I didn't make it!
also, i know tghat at least on my HP laptop, HP did a very bitchy thing. They glued the connecting wire from the touchbad to the motherboard to the top of the hard drive. That way if someone who doesn't know what they are doing tries to just swap hard drives they end up not being able to use the touchpad either. Wasn't a hard fix, just had to take it apart and reconnect the wire, but it took me awhile to figure out why it wasn't working in the first place
Captain AmerikaHow do I tell if my drive is ATA or SATA? It doesn't tell me in the System Information in My Computer.
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2nd August 2004
ehhhh im too lazy to read everyone elses posts, so ill just post my oppinion when it comes to upgrading laptops, it may be new info, or i might just be reitterating what other people said my suggestion for when it comes to upgrading laptops is.... dont they're a bitch, the components are small, and a pain in the ass to put together plus i know you'll probably HAVE to order a hard drive online if you want to upgrade (and yes they are different, they're smaller and ALOT more expensive because of that) because i went to best buy to try and buy a 40 gig laptop hard drive for my old one (this is goin back about 3 years) and best buy at the time was charging 200 for the drive, with a 40 charge to install it, which was manditory, in otherwords they wouldnt sell u the drive, they had to put it in also, when i opened up my laptop about a week later i fried the mobo because the processor had litterally partially melted to the heat sync, so when i took it off i scratched the processor and when i tried turning it on later it fried the mobo as far as upgrading the hard drive though, i would look up online the manuals for ur laptop, if the hard drive is away from all the other components (which is sometimes the case) u could try it with little risk, and really the only difference between a desktop hd and a laptop's is size and price, connections work the same and everything, so if you're feeling gutsy go ahead, just offering my warning first
Wayne brady bitches!
18th March 2005
to find the interface go to your hard disk in device manager (post back if you dont know how or cant guess) Then go to the last tab (sorry forgot name) then click on the hardware ids tab from the drop down menu. If is says something like IDE/disk manufacturers name/numbers blah blah etc If it says IDE this means that any disk that uses IDE interface will work, some different forms of IDE for example are p-ATA and ATA-6. Then search for disks that are listed as having IDE interface, this will ensure that it will work whatever form of IDE your laptop uses.
Also best to go with reliable names such as Seagate and Hitachi to ensure reliability and value for money Im currently in the process of doing this myself (up to a 100gb 7200rpm woot) so any advice you can give me would be appreciated. One thing i would recommend is if your looking to make an image of your current laptop disk onto the new one then use acronis true image, i asked around and apparantly its the best, if you google around you can find a free demo which you can use to make the image. Hope that helps, Ali
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
Have you considered a USB/FireWire hard drive?
It would be much easier than upgrading your internal one and would work fine for storing files like music and such on. you can pick up a 250GB for around $100.