Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Chris, Mar 18, 2007.
What to buy
Seagate, Samsung, WD?
I want a tough drive, that can handle the most impact
Toshiba (one with 16MB cache)
Overall, none are really durable. Best idea is get a laptop that has an accelerometer to park the heads when it detects free-fall (IBM Thinkpad)
I'd put Fujitsu and Hitachi at the top of that list, because I have excellent experience with both brands in multiple HDD-equipped devices.
As for the impact issue, get a Thinkpad or a Toughbook and keep it in a padded case. Levenger.com sells "Laptop PJs" that is a padded leather case that lets you use the laptop without removing it first.
Better yet, be careful.
Pelican makes awsome cases.
I have one for my Game Boy SP. It's pretty nice, yeah; same style as what I was suggesting for this guy's laptop.
Im thinking this one for my 4yo Dell
it has a 5yr warranty and free shipping
i like hitachi and seagate the best, but i would take any one of those drives listed
i'd stay away from western digital and maxtor (even though i think maxtor now is made by seagate and has decent warranties)
i have a nikimi hard drive that is 5 years old and still running strong, i've never heard of that brand before. i originally had 2 of them, the other one died 2 years ago
Bump up to a 7200RPM drive to reduce file-seek time and increase transfer speed a bit. It doesn't really cost much more these days, and it will perk up your older laptop nicely -- ESPECIALLY if it's using a 4200RPM drive right now, which it probably is.
newer toshiba laptops do this as well
Toshibas have heat problems, though. Fujitsus also make a lot of heat, but they radiate it better.
I had a hitachi 7200 rpm that died on me. Switched to seagate recently. The hitachi is a little faster from the benchmarks that i've read.
I have Fujitsus in my laptops and they dont seem to have any issues