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Does a New Hard Drive Come With Preinstalled Software? January 12, 2015

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From the few who have been fortunate not to have had a hard drive crash, I am often asked if Windows comes preinstalled on hard drives we sell. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Unless you are getting the drive straight from Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba at $300+, you will not be getting a drive with anything preinstalled.

The reason for this is simple. There are an infinite number of options for which a drive can be set up. First, there is the partition. If you have a 500GB drive, you can create one partition for all 500GB or you can create multiple partitions for different uses. This is where you may see on your system that your program files are in your C: drive that is 200GB but your program data is in your D: drive which is 300GB. Then, there is the format. You can set up either NTFS or FAT32 as well as many others for Linux or Mac.

Finally, there are so many options for operating systems. From old Windows XP and Vista, to newer 7 and 8.1. Alternatively, you could use a Linux operating system. The very same hard drive can also go in an Apple which would need a Mac OS. The most critical issue is that while installing the OS, all the appropriate drivers are installed to make use of the hardware options for the specific model on which you are working. If you have a Sony laptop with Windows preinstalled for a Toshiba laptop, you are going to have major problems. With all the possibilities, it is impossible to offer a preloaded solution.

If you have any questions on Hard Drives, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find hard drives for most laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Things You Should Know About Laptop Hard Drives December 20, 2013

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I want to discuss hard drives and an issue that frustrates a lot of people. For the most part, 95% of laptops only use two hard drives. Old laptops use 44-pin IDE interface drives, and new laptops use slot connector interface SATA drives. No matter what anyone tells you, they are all the same in the 2.5″ form factor. Although, there was one time in the last 15 years I ran into a Panasonic laptop that used an oddball 3-volt IDE drive, but that is highly unusaul.

The reason people don’t think they are the same is because they don’t realize that on the end of their old drive is a proprietary connector or cable put there by the laptop manufacturer. The cable or connector serves the purpose of connecting the standard drive interface to the custom connection of the motherboard. It can be called a hard drive cable, hard drive connector or interposer.
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This connector NEVER comes with the drive unless you buy it from the manufacturer, usually costing 3-5 times the realistic cost of a replacement. Even then, sometimes it is meant to be sold separately. So, don’t be fooled. Keep the old drive, and pull off the old connector. You will see, it fits on the new drive very nicely.

If you have any other questions about hard drives, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find hard drives for almost every laptop model as well as some hard drive connectors at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Don’t I Need To Fix My Laptop To Save The Data on My Hard Drive? December 18, 2013

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I have talked to many a desparate person who was willing to spend a lot of money to fix their laptop believing that this was the only way they could save the data on their hard drive. Well, assuming the trouble isn’t hard drive related, I have good news. You do not have to have a working laptop to recover your data. All you need is a case to put your hard drive in. Yes, a simple USB hard drive enclosure, for use with IDE or for use with SATA hard drives can be plugged into any computer with a USB port and the old hard drive data can be transferred or stay on the hard drive as a backup.
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Save your pictures, save your documents, save your software, the easy way. I hope this was useful and saved you a small fortune and a lot of headache. If you have any questions about hard drives or enclosures, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can find this case if you are in this situation or just need a case for an old SATA hard drive you have laying around at our website here.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Is A 7200RPM Hard Drive Really Better? December 13, 2013

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When people call me looking to replace or upgrade a hard drive they often ask for 7200RPM spindle speed. You would expect the faster, the better. I always advise against this. While there maybe a slight performance improvement, I do not see this as an advantage in the long run. My belief, based on the original 15,000RPM server drives, the faster the drive runs, the hotter it runs and the hotter it runs, the more likely it is to fail. Now, nothing is more important than protecting your data and making sure your drive runs as strong and as long as possible. I notice lately that fewer manufacturers are building new laptops with 7200RPM, maybe the manufacturers are catching up to my experience.

My solution is to use a 5400RPM hard drive, faster than the original 4200RPM, but it won’t run as hot as the 7200RPM. Of course, this only applies to current SATA drives, not older IDE drives. If you have any other questions about hard drives, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find hard drives for almost every laptop model at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber