The beating heart of your laptop is it's 2.5 inch hard drive, and as time goes by, it will fail. This an inevitable consequence of owning a laptop or desktop with a 2.5 hard drive. It might not be your fault, but if the laptops gets a strong jolt, from a fall or hit, or you end up with a very nasty virus, or maybe baby topples your laptop off the kitchen table while you were looking somewhere else, once you hard drive is dead, the process of getting a band new one can be daunting.
So we're her to make the task easy, smooth and knowledgeable in five easy step.
The first step is to determine what company you want to buy your new 2.5 hard drive from. The best are made by Hitachi and Western Digital. Also Lacie have a good range of 2.5 hard drives. Prices vary from company to company, but most follow a general pattern. The most expensive 2.5 hard drive should not cost more than $100, anything more and you're being ripped off.
Depending upon the size, speed and company in questions, you'll end up spending between $40 to $90 on your new 2.5 hard drive.
The next step, and this is perhaps the most crucial step, as it dictates most of what you'll be doing in the following steps, is to determine the 2.5 hard drive's capacity. You can choose from 60 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, 250 GB, 320, 500 GB, 640, 750, 1 TB, 2 TB 3, TB and finally 4 TB models. GB stands for Gigabyte while TB stands for Terabyte. If your not sure how much space that is, think of it like this; an average movie is about 1 GB in size, so if you bought a 60 GB 2.5 hard drive, you'll have enough space to store 60 movies.
You can have 1,000 movies in a 1 TB 2.5 hard drive. So decide how much media you'll be consuming within the next three years, and go for the biggest size you can afford.
The third step is to find out the 2.5 hard drive's rotation speed. you have a choice of two options only, as hard drives only come in these two speeds. The first speed is 5,200 RPM (rotations per minute), and the second speed is 7,200 RPM. the faster the speeds, the faster you can transfer files and the quicker your laptop will function, as data is processed quicker as well.
But if you have an old laptop, this is a pre-2009 laptop, you might be better off with a 5,200 RPM hard drive, as you won't risk damaging your system. But if you have post 2009 system, and have either an iCore 5 or iCore 7 processor, then you can safely opt for a 7,200 RPM hard drive.
The fourth step is to decide whether you want it installed buy a professional, or whether you want to do it yourself at home. If you're going to do it at home, Google "how to replace a (your laptops name and model) hard drive". Do the same with YouTube as well, that way you'll have both a video guide and and technical instructions on hand.
Most shop that sell 2.5 hard drives will install it for you for free or at a nominal fee.
Well, your armed with all the information you'll need, so the fifth and final step is to go and buy yourself a 2.5 hard drive.
Most 2.5 hard drives come with a 6 months or 1 year warranty.
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