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N88TR

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#1 9 years ago

Been doing a lot of torrenting and elf-porn, my newly-upgraded 40 gig to 150 gig isn't cutting it so well. Looking into some more serious size. As I recall my laptop is the usual hard drive format, whatever the most common format is, it's that. I forget exactly what it's called... Anyways what is the biggest harddrive I can get in there?? Are there 1 TB hard drives out yet for the laptop market?

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#2 9 years ago

500GB is the current max size. They run from $85-$130 USD.

List of 500GB drives on newegg

You can get a 1TB Solid State Drive if you have oodles of money. Though you could buy a whole new laptop with dual 500gb hard drives cheaper. lol




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#3 9 years ago
N88TR;4929723 As I recall my laptop is the usual hard drive format, whatever the most common format is, it's that. I forget exactly what it's called...

Most common? For new laptops, or period?

The most common format is (p)ATA/EIDE.

SATA is the format used for new laptops, and is becoming very common, however most SATA drives are at least 80gb.

Most likely you're using an IDE hard drive, for which 320gb is the largest. Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Hard Drives,Laptop Hard Drives,ATA-6,320GB,




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#4 9 years ago
Monster_user;4929808 SATA is the format used for new laptops, and is becoming very common, however most SATA drives are at least 80gb. [/url]

I have an old 40GB sata laptop drive lying around somewhere as well as a desktop drive of that size, so they are out there. I think they were some of the really early sata drives. My desktop one is a Seagate 7200.7, they're up to 7200.11 now as I recall.

Definitely make sure you are getting the right type of HDD to avoid the hassle of extra shipping costs and delays.




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#5 9 years ago
Are there 1 TB hard drives out yet for the laptop market?

500GB is the max.

Looking into some more serious size. As I recall my laptop is the usual hard drive format, whatever the most common format is, it's that

That doesn't say much. Things change. It could be PATA/IDE or SATA, depending on when you bought your computer.




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#6 9 years ago

500 is lame. What is the deal with storage devices? I've heard 1Tb and 1.5 Tb talk for like 3 years now, what is the hold up?




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#7 9 years ago

Laptop hard drives are actually physically smaller than their desktop counterparts because of the need to fit it into such a small form factor. This obviously has an impact on capacity, even if a laptop hard drive uses the same number of platters at the same areal density, the total amount of data it can store will be less because each platter will be smaller. Also, laptop hard drives tend to have fewer platters than comparable desktop hard drives, to save power and space; most people can manage with 320GB of space, and if they ever need more they can just buy a USB or eSATA external hard drive to store stuff on, putting all that extra capacity would increase heat production, power requirements, and limit space for other components (and increase the minimum size of the laptop) for negligible return for most customers.

So that's my recommendation. Keep the hard drive you have now, and buy an external 1-2TB hard drive, if you need that much storage. Preferably eSATA, but if your laptop doesn't have a port, then USB would be your best option.




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#8 9 years ago

Pedantic summed it up. Notebooks use 2.5" form factor hard drives, desktops use 3.5".

I forget who, I think it's Seagate, but somebody just came out with a 640GB 2.5" drive.