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Laptop Hard Drive Comparisons

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by npatel, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. npatel

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    Well, it looks like my laptop hard drive bit the dust. I have a Dell D630 running Win7 Ultimate, and when I went to restart tonight, chkdisk came on after the windows loader screen and said my drive needed to be checked for consistency. It finds around 50 unreadable file record segments, tries to fix some stuff, and then gets to between 50-60% completed and reboots. Its been running this loop for about 2 hours now.

    Luckily, I'm fairly sure I have a reasonably new backup on an external drive.

    I'm looking at 3 possible hard drives to replace mine with. Each is a 500GB 7200 rpm drive, and fairly affordable.

    Here they are:
    Drive 1
    Drive 2
    Drive 3

    The third drive, the Seagate, seems to be the cheapest and has the longest warranty by 5 years. However, the failed drive is a Seagate, so I don't know how reliable they are -- I've only had this one for 4 months or so, but don't have a warranty on it since I ripped out the hard drive from an external enclosure to use internally.

    I had 410GB of data on the old drive, so I want to get at least a 500GB.

    Does anyone know if one of these 3 drives is better and more reliable than the others? Is there another drive I should be looking at?
     
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  2. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

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    Before you buy a new hard drive try running a restore on your current drive It might be nothing more then Windows corrupted its self also you might wanna try running sea tools off seagate's website to double check the drive is bad. if you do end up needing a new drive my experience is as follows never used a Hitachi laptop drive but I have used there desktop drives (basically it was a IBM drive) and they where extremely reliable. Use to I wouldn't have hesitated to tell you to get the segate but it seems like last few years segate and western digital have major reliability issues
     

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  3. npatel

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    It did boot up at some point during the night.

    I tried SeaTools this morning, and it failed a couple tests.

    I'm trying to locate a copy of Spin Rite to see if that helps / finds the problem.

    Hindsight shows that saving $30 by getting an external HDD and taking it apart doesn't always pay off.
     
  4. podwich

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    http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
     
  5. mossberg385t

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  6. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    Just a different perspective. A little extra battery drain may be worth spending less of your precious life waiting for hard drive access.

    I bought an SSD and my life belongs to me again, not waiting for my bleeping drive to decide when I can and can't run a program. Mac, PC, whatever, I say get the fastest I/O you can afford. People buy clockspeed but they live I/O speed (like people buy horsepower but they drive torque).

    Just my two cents!

    -Stooxie
     
  7. mossberg385t

    mossberg385t 153.2 dB

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    I wish SSDs weren't so expensive and were larger [​IMG]
     
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  8. BobbyT

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    Aaaaactually, people buy PEAK horsepower but drive midrange horsepower.

    Torque is like strength, an instantaneous measure. Horsepower is how often you can apply that strength, the actual work you can do.

    A torquey car feels more powerful all around because it has more horsepower all around. A torqueless car that makes the same peak horsepower is producing less power at every other engine speed--but it's always horsepower that moves you, not torque (you can gear power into torque, but not vice versa).
     
  9. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    I hear you, brother! I have a 160GB and, yes, it was not cheap. The capacity is not a problem for me since I don't have any media collections.

    -Stooxie
     
  10. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    Aaaaaannd my point still stands!

    -Stooxie