Most laptop hard drives are a mechanical device, have you considered a memory
drive upgrade? A SSD?
Mass storage for
your notebook, a hard disk or a
Laptop hard drive, SSD, IDE and SATA
drives or storage.
One of the most common failures in a notebook is
the hard disk, it is also one of the few
components you can upgrade. Notebook hard
disks fail more often than desktop hard disks.
Reason: simple your notebook absorbs more punishment than a desktop. You move
your notebook continuously, where you go the notebook goes. I know you are careful
with how you handle it but still it gets banged around.
So what can you do about the constant shock the hard drive gets on a daily
basis? Not much, be more aware that the hard disk has your
data and back it up
Maybe make an image of the hard drive.
To take the worry out of your storage maybe you should consider a SSD (Solid
The laptop hard drive is located in a bay in the laptop, Most have some
shock resistance built into the bay. Some hard drives are easier to remove and
replace than others. I have seen some hard drives under the keyboard, completely
inside the case where you have to take the case apart to get to the hard drive.
A word of caution:
will damage the hard drive
the same as dropping it!
You will need to go to the manufactures web site and do a search for your
computer if the documentation that came with it doesn't show you where and how
to remove the hard drive. Acer's are one of the 'no documentation' type of
computers, all the manuals are ON the hard drive, what do you do if it has
Once you have located the hard drive and understand how to remove it you just
reverse the procedure to reinstall the replacement.
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Here is a free
guide to help you get a new hard drive or SSD installed
One thing I would suggest you do is to make a couple of images of your hard
drive partitions. If you have a hard drive failure all your data will be lost,
with an image of the OS partition and the data partitions (if your installer had
the foresight to make two partitions on the hard drive) and a good back up, the
failure of a hard drive will not be as catastrophic.
At one time when you sent a
computer into IBM for repair they would wipe the hard drive and reinstall the
OS, IBM has since sold off most of their laptop business so I don't know it this
is still true; however I do know that ASUS will wipe the hard drive and after
troubleshooting and repair reinstall the original version of the OS. To save reinstalling all of your programs, finding those pesky cd's and keys you could restore your computer at least to the point of the image
and then complete the restore with the backup.
In conclusion the hard drive
is fairly easy to remove and reinstall, you need to be aware that it is the most
vulnerable component in your laptop.
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Your data is the most important thing on
back it up regularly, if your hard drive
fails you will lose your data!
Make an image of the hard drive, if you have important or hard to find programs you
will always have a copy of them, also you will not have to reinstall them if you
have to replace or upgrade
the hard drive.
If you have a hard drive failure and have to buy a new hard
drive I suggest you check out the SSD (Solid State Drive) for a replacement of your
Laptop Hard drive. SSD are non mechanical drives that have an exceedingly long life
time and very low failure rate. Capacity of a SSD has passed the 1 TB size,
the only draw back is the cost.
Would you like to have more information about laptop backups? This site has
some good tips about
hard drive back up.