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How To Replace Internal Laptop Hard Disk Drives

By Bill Underwooda

The first thing to understand about internal laptop hard drives, is that they are essentially the lifeline of your system. Without one, your laptop is dead. And with a low capacity one your computer will be so slow it might as well be.

If you just think you have a damaged hard drive, try giving your computer a complete clean up. People often mistake slow speed as a hard drive problem when sometimes it is the collection of old and unused programs stored away and forgotten about A quick clean up can have dramatic effects.

Replacing the hard drive in a laptop is relatively easy for most people. Most laptops will have easy access through a removable panel located on the bottom of the unit, usually held in place by just one screw. You will find it is enclosed in a cage, or sometimes called a caddy. You need to keep the caddy for your new one. As all systems differ a little, you may want to find a guide specific to yours. There are thousands of free guides online, so yours is sure to be covered. If you have the manual then it is also worth checking it before performing any kind of upgrade or repair yourself.

Now you need to know what to upgrade to. Drives are generally all two and a half inches in size, to let people upgrade easily. While the size of drives can go up to 750 GB, only about 250 GB is needed for today’s average user.

The speed of your new hard drive should also be considered. Most spin at 5,400 rpm, while some of the newer high powered systems are going with 7,200 rpm drives. The higher spin rate gives you better performance, but also uses more of the already limited battery life. Think about what you mostly use your laptop for. If it’s just day to day browsing on the internet then the slower speed is plenty. The faster speed is normally only required for high spec laptops, such as hard core gamers would use.

With the vast amount of different drives available, it is a hard choice to make. If you cannot decide which is best for you, ask for advice from people who work with computers. The staff in most computer stores have to be up on the latest technology, and will give free honest advice.

Another good source of information is the internet. Check out forums to see which types to avoid. People always love to rant and rave about something they are unhappy with.

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Underwooda, Bill "How To Replace Internal Laptop Hard Disk Drives." How To Replace Internal Laptop Hard Disk Drives. 26 Aug. 2010. 27 Mar 2016 <>.

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