Laptop Hard Drive

Are you planning to buy a laptop? If you are, then knowing where to look for isn’t really the problem. You could check out online malls and auction websites, visit the nearest computer and accessories store, read ads from newspapers, etc. and I’m sure you’ll find the brand you’re looking for…whether brand new or refurbished.

However, knowing what exactly to look for in a laptop isn’t as easy! That’s especially true with the laptop hard drive. Do you know how to read the specifications for a laptop hard drive? If you don’t, you could easily end up with a laptop that you wish you haven’t bought in the first place.

Here are some tips that should help you pick the best laptop hard drive for your set budget.

Hard Drive Speed
Yes, you’ve read that right. It’s not just the processor that benefits from high speeds. Generally, laptop hard drives spin at 5400 RPM or revolutions per minute. It’s not unusual however to find laptop hard drives that have 7200 RPM. Higher speed or revolutions per minute means better performance.

There is a setback though! Higher RPM also means higher energy consumption. That means your laptop could be out of battery sooner than you can realize it. If that bothers you, you can settle for laptop hard drives that have 4200 RPM. The lower speed means lower energy consumption. It may not work as fast and well as 7200 RPM-hard drives, but from my experience, they should be ok.

Storage Capability
Generally, laptop hard drives are 2.5 inches in size. These hard drives have the ability to store 80-500 GB of data at most. That’s a lot especially when you consider that 160-320 GB is more than enough for standard laptops and their users.

However, if you’re planning to replace your desktop computer with a portable laptop PC, getting a 320 GB-hard drive or higher is in order. After all, you’ll be storing everything in it – movies, images, documents, and anything in between.

Solid State Hard Drives
Slowly, solid state drives are now replacing the traditional hard drives in many laptops. What do these solid state drives do? Instead of using magnetic platter to store information, solid state drives use flash memory chips. When it comes to accessing speed, reliability, and power consumption, they can beat the traditional laptop hard drives.

On the other hand, solid state drives have lesser storage ability and they cost more than their traditional counterparts.

Accessibility
If you’re planning to upgrade your laptop hard drive in the near future or if you want too easily replace them, you want your laptop’s hard drive to be easily accessible. There are hard drives that are installed internally. That means you have to take them to the technician to open up the computer and do everything for you.

If you’re using them for work, you want the least downtime as much as possible. With that in mind, you should opt for hard drives that are swappable for easy upgrade and replacement.

Today, having a laptop is almost a necessity for many people. Even high school students are using them to keep up with today’s demanding coursework. The portability of the laptop enables them to continue with their homework on the bus ride home, at football practice or when studying with friends. The laptop has also become an extension of the office for many in the workforce. It can enable them to download files and take them home so they can still be working but enjoying time with their families, as well. Choosing the right laptop hard drive can make all the difference in the world for many laptop users.

This Laptop Hard Drive Review is Written/Updated on Jan 13th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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