Upgrading your Laptop's Hard Drive
Over a decade
ago, upgrading a laptop's hard drive used to be a daunting and difficult task.
It took a good amount of knowledge as far as which screws to remove and which
plastic parts to pry off, oftentimes the keyboard would have to be "popped
out" too just to access the laptop's hard drive. There was a quagmire of flex cables and wires to deal with.
Once you were done exchanging the hard drives, it was an even more difficult
putting the laptop back together again. Everything just did not fit
right when everything was said and done. Ten years ago, it was better to leave
the "hard drive upgrading" up to the professionals.
upgrading a laptop's hard drive is so much simpler. Most laptops
today can be upgraded as a DIY project. Most laptops have its hard
drives in a hard drive carrier (also known as a notebook hard drive caddie or
notebook hard drive caddy or notebook hard drive tray). With the hard
drive inside a hard drive caddy, users can easily remove or re-insert the hard
drive into the notebook.
of this discussion, we will refer to a hard drive without a drive caddy/drive
tray as a "bare hard drive".
Size of Laptop Hard Drive (not capacity)
There are two
common sizes for bare hard drives are 2.5" and 1.8". The size refers to
the actual size of the platter (disk) used in the hard drive. Most
laptops will use a 2.5" hard drive. Some of the smaller laptops, also
known as sub-notebooks, use 1.8" hard drives. Please check before you
buy. You can find hard drive size requirements for your laptop at
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Height of Laptop Hard Drive
bare hard drives are 9.5mm or 8.5mm in height. Years back, 2.5" hard
drives were manufactured in 19mm, 17mm and 12.5mm. As long as the 2.5"
bare hard drive you are purchasing is 9.5mm or below, you should be in great
drives range in capacities from 40GB to 120GB. 18" hard drives are
available in 20, 40 and 60GB. We will not discuss what capacity of
hard drive you should purchase. Only you, the user, knows what your size
requirements are for now and for the future.
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