laptop hard drive choices
February 7, 2011 3:41 PM Subscribe
I'm planning a laptop replacement purchase; I think I know the one I want, but am having trouble deciding whether to go standard hard drive or SSD.
posted by epersonae to computers & internet (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The one I want comes with a 300+ GB 7200 HD. A 128GB SSD is almost $300 more
Is it worth it? I hear great thing about SSDs, but wow: $300?! (Gets close to doubling the price, FWIW.)
Could I get away with buying my own SSD and installing it after I get the laptop? Will I be able to move the Windows 7 install over to the SSD? Conversely, should I take the opportunity to switch to Linux?
If so, could/should I get a smaller drive? My current laptop has a 20GB drive and I don't think I've ever gotten anywhere near filling it. I keep music, photos, etc in a portable hard drive.
Special snowflake notes: My current laptop is an almost 5 year old Macbook that stopped booting up last weekend. :( I'm looking at the HP Pavilion dm1z. I'll be using it for writing, web browsing, and some web development work. Weight and cost are probably the two most important factors for me. I'm comfortable in both Mac and Windows, but don't have much Linux experience. I've taken apart quite a few computers in my time. Other computers in the house are all Windows, as is my work computer.