Laptop hard drive upgrade -- tutorials? 16 replies

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Kwould

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#11 10 years ago
n88tr;4290160Is there a difference in heat, reliability, life in laptop HDs compared to desktop HDs? Like I see that the largest IDE hard drives on newegg are just 250 gigs, which is a lot and a vast improvement over my 40 gig but I was hoping for more like a 320 or a 500, anyway why do the larger HDs generate so much heat? It is just because the laptop is such a closed space that all the heat builds up so quickly?

I don't know for certain what the difference in reliabilty is between a 2.5 and 3.5" HDD. However, I can tell you that my various bus powered externals (which use laptop HDD's) have never lasted nearly as long as my internal desktop drives. But that is just from personal experience. The reason larger drives heat up more than smaller drive is due to more platters being shoehorned inside the casing thus causing more friction.




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#12 10 years ago

Do you guys know anything about the 500 gig laptop HDs that are supposed to be coming out in May?

I suppose they'll be SATA though and I won't be able to use them but all the same some infos about them would be nice.




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#13 10 years ago

What I'm wondering is why you simply don't get an external HDD with FireWire. I'm using one and I have little to no need for using my internal laptop HDD. Prices are more or less the same.




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#14 10 years ago
Odessa-86;4291488What I'm wondering is why you simply don't get an external HDD with FireWire. I'm using one and I have little to no need for using my internal laptop HDD. Prices are more or less the same.

Because if you're genuinely using it as a portable computer and need the extra storage space on the move, it's bloody inconvenient.




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#15 10 years ago

Hardly. I have a 100GB SATA HDD in a casing that's barely bigger than a wallet and as thin as a dvd box




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#16 10 years ago
n88tr;4291184Do you guys know anything about the 500 gig laptop HDs that are supposed to be coming out in May? I suppose they'll be SATA though and I won't be able to use them but all the same some infos about them would be nice.

The Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 (available in 400 and 500 GB flavors) is out now. Unfortunately, you are correct about the interface. It is only available as a SATA drive. The price reflects the rarity of a 500GB 2.5" HDD. The cheapest I could find it was for $278.81 (USD). Here are the specs




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#17 10 years ago

...Assuming you have a desktop, there's no need for over 100GB in a laptop; my desktop has probably 56% free space, and it's only got 190GB.




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