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Buying Laptop Hard Drives

Updated on June 13, 2013

It is just the pits when the hard drive on your laptop computer goes bad. You have all of your documents and pictures and software on your hard drive, and now somehow you are going to have to replace them. Worse than this is when you’ve got a really nice laptop computer, one with a great screen and other features, and except for the bad hard drive, your laptop is still in really good shape. You don’t want to go out and buy a whole brand new laptop when all that’s wrong with it is the hard drive.

Thankfully you don’t have to do that. You can purchase a new hard drive for your laptop and install it yourself, or have someone do it for you. You can get these hard drives for a really good price too, if you do a bit of shopping around the internet or at a good retailer in your area. Even if your hard drive in your laptop is still working well, you may want to upgrade to laptop with a faster hard drive or one with more memory. Exchanging a new hard drive for your old one is a very simple procedure.

You can purchase a new hard drive for your laptop for a really good price and install it yourself
You can purchase a new hard drive for your laptop for a really good price and install it yourself

How To Replace Your Hard Drive

There are many good guides to replacing your hard drive found on the internet and elsewhere, so we won’t go into a lot of detail about that now. We will just say that replacing a laptop hard drive is a pretty easy thing to do, and most people who are just a little handy should be able to do it without much trouble. You’ll only need a couple tools, like a few mini screwdrivers, to access the hard drive. If you are upgrading your hard drive, you’ll want to learn about hooking your old drive to the new one to transfer the data over.

The good thing about most laptops made in the past few years is that the great bulk of them all use hard drives of the same size, so replacing them is an easy thing. The main thing you will be concerned with is the drive’s amount of memory and processing power rather than compatibility with your laptop. Hard drives with even large amounts of memory and processing power can be found at discount prices.

Finding a Laptop Hard Drive

There are a lot of  places you can find a new hard drive for your laptop. Retailers online and off are offering both brand new hard drives and used hard drives that have been refurbished. Some of these used hard drives are excellent deals if you find the kind you want and need. You can also track down hard drives that people are selling themselves on such places as Craigslist and Ebay. These drives can be especially great deals. Be careful, though, especially if buying a used hard drive, that the person you are dealing with is reputable and will treat you fairly.

New Hard Drives

One of the top suppliers of new laptop hard drives is the retailer The people at Newegg have listings for many different hard drives for laptop and notebook  computers. These hard drives come in various memory sizes and processing abilities, and you can easily browse through the various drives on the website. When you click on individual hard drive listings, you can get all the necessary specifications as well as reviews that customers posted about that particular drive. People may tell you what a great drive it is or may warn you of problems they had with it.

You can also shop for hard drives at electronic retailers like Best Buy. Your town or city probably has a Best Buy close by, so you can drop in to find a decent hard drive for your laptop. Best Buy also runs a good online catalogue, so you can shop for drives with your computer mouse. Many drives bought through this retailer come with free shipping.

Used Hard Drives

If you look for a used hard drive, you might find Bob Johnson’s Computer Stuff on the internet. They list hard drives for laptops and other computers that they have available. Going for a used hard drive might be especially important if you have an older computer that is not compatible with many of the newer drives being sold.

Getting a new hard drive for your laptop can make it seem like you have a brand new computer, except at a fraction of the cost. Hard drives are an economical way to upgrade your laptop or rescue one that isn’t working properly.


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