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2.5" HDD for laptop

 3:01 am on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have an old Dell Inspiron laptop whose HDD has given up yet again. Back when this unit was under warranty I swear I replaced drives on an annual basis. They just kept dying.

Now when I head to the store I can't find 2.5" IDE drives anymore. I have to head to the antique stores to find these things nowadays.

Who's a decent 2.5" IDE drive maker? Which brands should I avoid?



 1:54 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

As I mentioned in another thread, I tend to favour Hitachi drives but find Fujitsu, Maxtor and IBM to be ok. Also, I've tended to find Maxtor a little quieter than others and Fujitsu to be a little noisier. I avoid the other two major players.

Having said that, I can't comment specifically on IDE/ATA laptop drives (as opposed to SATA) but the mechanics are the same.



 5:49 am on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

I found a bunch of 2.5" IDE drives made by the other manufacturers, but my persistence paid off and I eventually found a new Hitachi drive. It's surprising how rare these old drives have become. I almost bought an extra one for the time when this dive fails somewhere down the line.

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