If you’re like most people when deciding on what hard drive to purchase we tend to lean on the experts to assist us in the decision-making process, as most people don’t understand the jargon relating to it. Alas, check out these five things that you should know about laptop hard drives:
1. They Use Similar Technologies
Most hard drives make use of similar technology. The spinning magnetic platters that work to store and record data. Within the earlier development of computers, there were numerous types of connection interfaced. This varied between desktop and laptops. The biggest difference between the laptop and the desktop is their size, space and weight.
2. The Weight of Your Hard Drive
In terms of physical size, the average laptop would use 2.5-inch drives which weigh less, thinner and are more energy efficient than the desktop counterpart, and obviously is exactly what you want and need when running on batteries.
There is an exception to the rule of thumb in certain other devices like the ultra-thin laptop computers and iPods where a 1.8-inch drive would be used, again simply because size really does matter where this is concerned.
3. Size Does Matter When It Comes To Storage Space on Your Laptop
Due to the lack of space, the best you could do to increase the storage capacity on your laptop computer hard drive would be to swap it out for one with bigger storage capacity. So with the snap of a finger, you will go from a 250GB or 500GB to 1TB or 2TB, or more.
It’s important to note, should you wish to have more storage space, you should be prepared to pay more money for it. If your computer usage comprises browsing the internet and a few programs only, there really isn’t any reason for you to have a large hard drive installed.
As a workaround to this issue, while the internal storage on a laptop computer is limited, you are still able to connect it to an external drive, which would be plugged into the laptop computer via a USB or external SATA (eSATA) cable.
4. Invest In A High RPM Hard Drive
Gone are the days of extremely slow devices. Slow and steady does not win the race as far as hard drive performance is concerned. In order to complete its function, the platters of hard drives spin rapidly. While most desktop hard drives run at 7,200 RPM. In order to maintain the heat, power use and noise levels, many laptop drives run slower, at only 5,400 RPM.
A high RPM hard drive will look for information and write it faster than a 5400RPM drive.An example of this would be when opening an application, it will open up slightly faster on a 7200RPM drive than a 5400RPM drive of the exact same data and capacity. Hard drive speed will affect your computer’s performance directly but only slightly.
5. The Different Types of Hard Drives
Many laptop computers have started including solid state drives (SSD) instead of hard drives. These SSDs make use of data chips as opposed to platters, thereby removing any disturbances caused by hard drives. Even though the output performance is noticeably faster than a regular hard drive, unlike in the desktop version where space is not as limited. and you cannot fit in more than one SSD, many of the laptop computer manufacturers do a split hybrid drive with a bigger storage area in addition to smaller SSD that is used for caching.
What it boils down to is that while laptop computer hard drives are much more affordable than SSDs, your affordability and storage requirements will dictate what you end up with. SSDs can offer you less storage space for the money you are willing to spend on HDDs.
The bottom line is that at it’s a matter of Speed versus Storage, rolling in the dough versus dirty poor. To the victor goes the spoils.
So when out shopping for a new or upgraded hard drive for your laptop computer keep this information at the back of your mind.
David Giltner is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at PCExpress. His long experience as a blogger made him an expert on different niches like technology.