Notebook Hard Drives

Written by Nicole Madison
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Notebook hard drives are usually 2.5 inches in size. Their storage capacity typically averages 30 to 60 GB. However for notebooks intended to be used as a primary computer in place of a traditional desktop system, a 60 GB or more drive is generally recommended.

Understanding Notebook Hard Drives

Notebook hard drives vary in terms of speed, but generally run between 3600 RPM and 7200 RPM. For most basic notebook users, 4200 RPM is enough for notebook drives to run, while keeping heat, sound, and power to a minimum. If you are not sure what speed will best suit your needs, ask a notebook sales representative for help.

Many notebook computers have internal hard drives. Often, this requires an authorized technician to open the computer in the event the hard drive needs to be repaired or replaced. For easy accessibility for hard drive repairs, upgrades, or replacements, it is smart to purchase notebooks that have easily accessible or swappable drive bays.

Notebook computers are frequent targets for thieves. If your notebook computer is stolen, you stand to lose both your expensive hardware and your sensitive data. Research security options to find viable solutions for protecting the data stored on your notebook hard drive in the event of a theft. There are quite a few options to choose from, such as data encryption and fingerprint authentication. Choose the security option that best fits your individual needs. Prevention, however, is the best security measure, so consider a hardware protection lock to help prevent theft.

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