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Standard User Airwalker
(committed) Thu 30-Dec-10 13:12:35
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Weary laptop drive... recommendations?


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Hi chaps,

I'm pretty sure my laptop's hard drive is on the way out (perhaps unsurprisingly for a 4 year old) - I am increasingly finding the hard drive LED fixed permanently on causing windows lockups, slow boot times, and so forth. Formatting with a new copy of windows makes no improvement.

So I am on the hunt for a new drive, preferably to the tune of 250GB/7200RPM. I did previously try a Western Digital drive to these specs, but it produced a continuous clicking noise which I nor favoured or trusted, so was returned before long.

I am very out of touch with computer hardware these days - can anyone recommend a good bet?

Many thanks

Tom

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Standard User MHC
(legend) Thu 30-Dec-10 14:36:19
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Re: Weary laptop drive... recommendations?


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I have just removed an old 70GB Hitachi and replaced it with a new 320GB version.

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item...

There are plenty of variants on speed, size, cache &c. It is very quiet - quieter than the predecessor and lower power.

Misco prices are good, add in £3.50 delivery and it will be with you in a couple of days too.





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Standard User Spasch
(experienced) Sun 02-Jan-11 12:38:54
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Re: Weary laptop drive... recommendations?


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Personally, I like Seagate drives and I have used a site called DriveMyLaptop for drives a number of times in the past, with excellent service..


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Standard User kamelion
(experienced) Sun 02-Jan-11 13:34:23
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Samsung spinpoint drives are hard to beat

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Standard User petsy
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 03-Jan-11 15:08:58
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My old laptop has got a new lease of life since installing a ssd.
Standard User StevePearce
(member) Mon 03-Jan-11 15:41:10
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Although decent sized SSDs are very expensive. I compromised with a "hybrid" drive that is a regular 500GB drive coupled with 4GB of flash memory. Often used files are automatically cached and after a short period of use the difference is remarkable. The first startup of my laptop after installing it took over a minute, now it takes less than 30 seconds. Starting programs now seems to take no time at all.

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