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.

Today, 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.

For purposes 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

Most 2.5" 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 shape.


2.5" hard 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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