laptop hard drive

How to replace the hard drive for your laptop?

laptop hard driveBefore removing the hard drive manually, you must keep in mind that it is a not easy job which should be done with utmost care and caution. You must carry a set of small screwdriver because it will help you to open laptop’s hard drive. In case you are not sure enough about the way of taking of the hard drive from the case, it is better to refer the user manual. Get some tips from the user manual of how hard drive has to be taken out of the laptop. Once you take it out from the case, things become really easy for you because you can now know the dimension as well as type.

Problems are not yet over as there are a lot of laptops that use hard drives of the same dimension so again you need to find out the most appropriate hardware to go well with your laptop.

Once you finally get the correct hard drive for your laptop, you also need to check the type of connection which is compatible with the laptop. Mainly there are two types of connection – SATA and PATA are used to connect drives to the laptop. In case you have purchased the laptop within the last six years then most probably it would have SATA as it is an industry standard which is used with most of the PCs. But if it manufactured before 2003 then probably it would have a PATA connection which is outdated now.

Just have a quick look on the back of the drive which is labelled with the connector type. Now use the connector accordingly and place the hard drive in its place within the laptop.

Hard drives still dominate SSDs in laptop market: IHS iSuppli report

hard driveThe hard disk drive industry has been going through a serious rough patch since the floods in Thailand last year, with residual effects likely hampering the market for the next several quarters. Nevertheless, despite sluggish sales and production, hard drives continue to dominate the laptop market when compared with the alternative: solid state drives.

A new report from market intelligence firm IHS iSuppli found that notebook  models with a storage allotment larger than 500GB and priced from $450 to $550 accounted for the most market share at 32%.

Actually, solid state drives only accounted for a small market share, according to IHS analysts, as the remaining 3% of the pie went to notebooks with 128GB SSDs or high-end laptops priced at $900 or more.

Fang Zhang, an analyst for storage systems at IHS, argued in the report that laptop models that run on solid state drives, such as the MacBook Air, don’t actually pose much of a threat to the HDD-based notebook market at least not yet.

Nevertheless, higher-end tablets that are on par (if not better) than some laptops could present a shift in the market. In fact, IHS hints that change could happen in as quickly as a few months with the release of the Microsoft Surface tablet, although there wouldn’t be numbers proving that theory one way or another until at least 2013.

Furthermore, IHS analysts also asserted it would also depend on the storage capacity options offered with the Microsoft Surface. Nevertheless, with the amount of personal cloud storage options available, local storage size might not be as much of a concern for consumers or enterprise customers in the near future. The real determinants would more likely be the price and the other features available on the tablet or laptop.