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how to choose hard drive for my laptop?

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Last Modified: 2012-08-16
i have to change the hard drive disk in my laptop because it is bad now.
i want to buy new one from amazon.
but how to choose?
how to know that it is ok with my laptop?
I am using HP pavilion dv6. windows 7.
thank you.
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Pretty much any 2.5" HDD is going to be fine with your laptop, the question is what capacity are you after and what's your budget really?
It would be a good idea to first make sure that you are getting a 2.5 inch hard drive.  Unless you are gaming you should use a HDD no larger than 250 GB.  Solid state is the best for your money, but if budget is a concern, I wouldn't try any Solid state.
Buy 2.5" HD, then it will work in your laptop.
The rest depends on your needs + budget. Personally I would always go for a HD with 7200rpm, the rest is up to you. How much budget do you have and how much space you need.
I don't particularly get why you shouldn't use anything larger than 250GB unless gaming - what about storage of media, etc? You get much more bang for your buck these days. The larger the drive you buy, the less per GB it costs (within reasonable limits).

A solid state drive will server you better in terms of performance.


You can get a 500GB normal HDD for less than £50


The same search on Amazon will show up a 1TB drive for under £80.


It just depends on what you want to achieve!
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
If you have money for it then get SSD drive it s amazingly fast. If low budget then Get a hybrid drive: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momentus-Solid-Hybrid-ST95005620AS/dp/B003NSBF32/ref=sr_1_23?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345065896&sr=1-23&keywords=2.5+sata+hard+drive
Looks pretty good.
Arroryn is right on the money.

Any 2.5" SATA drive should work for you. There are IDE drives out there as well but that's the older style connector and most likely not what your looking for. As for size get whatever you want, 500 Gb - 1 Tb seems to be the sweet spot for price per Gb.

I also disagree with zevans2001 on not going for a drive larger than 250 gb. There is no basis for that statement, and it will make no difference.


thanks all.

how about this
 Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 512GB Desktop Accessory Kit http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B005OK6VRC

is it good? is there better than it?

i prefer ssd because i read that it is faster and quiter.

It's a really good SSD HD. But do you really want 512 GB? SSD is quick with installing programs, opening them (e.g. Outlook), startup your PC. You won't feel a difference when you create word docs all day long.

If you do high intensive stuff. Like 3D art, movie editing, ... . I would say, order it. I prefer Western Digital. But the 2.5" SSD's the got, can't compete with this Samsung SSD.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Wow, pretty expensive. Drives get bad often, not only HDDs but SSDs also. Are you sure you want to pay so much for it? In any case it is your choice and it is a very good choice =).
Read\Write speeds are also really good.
Newegg gives better description of it than amazon: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147138


thank you xaelian, yes i am using many programs.

thank you noxcho, yes it is expensive but i have to, for my work. i will check newegg thank you.
If you use many programs, SSD is a great choose. It's really expensive, and it can crash just like normal HD's.

I would recommend to check how much disk space you really need. 512 GB is a lot. I think 256GB will be enough. You can still buy a normal HD, to place all your music, documents on. Because that doesn't require a SSD to run quickly :).
Top Expert 2012
The Samsung 830 is one of the better performing SSDs available - Crucial m4, OCZ Vertex2 or Vertex3, and Corsair Force GT are others I would also recommend.

Most laptops only have space for one hard drive internally, so a large one will hold more and not constrain you.  SSD's also use less power, so battery life should improve.  Make sure TRIM is enabled in the OS to optimize wear.

run (as admin)
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
If the result is '0' TRIM is enabled.

You will also want SATA set to AHCI mode in the BIOS, if it isn't already.
SSD is a no brainer.

256 gb are in the $189 buck range these days.

128 gb under a hundred.

Once there,you will never go back to regular disk.


thanks every body. God bless you all.


thank you all

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