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    hdd endurance

    I'm installing a laptop and was wondering...will the hdd survive the bumpy roads and the "moving" environment??

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    Laptop hard drives are a lot more durable that desktop drives. If you search around these forums you will find mixed experiences of the durability of hard drives. Ive read some people that say they go through drives constantly and some that go 4x4ing all the time and never have an issue. For the most part if you have decent laptop HD and you give it some sort of anti-vibration mounting it should last for a while unless you like to hit pot holes often.

    If your really concerned about it then I would recommend investing in a Solid State Drive. They are quite pricey but very effective.

    If you don't want to spend that money just back up your setting and use you laptop as is and if it does die you can then decide what to do and you'll have it all saved

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    another option are rudgized hard drives. Western Digital and a number of other manufactures make them for the military.

    Personally, I've been running desktop hard drives for years with a vertical mount. The only time I've had an issue is when a dropped a drive when taking it out of the car.
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    i'm planning to put an acer aspire, 3680 i think...

    it's a decent, mid budget laptop...

    i'll see, if it disappoints me, i will replace it with a eee pc...

    tnx for the reply

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    is the hdd position standarded, how shoul i turn it?(hdd vertical mount)

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    Again there is much debate over the vertical vs horizontal mounting... the theory behind mounting it vertically is that when you hit a bump there is less chance of the head hitting the surface of the disk. There is about 0.003" between the head and surface and if the head hits the surface its ruined. I have my mounted vertically just because thats how it fitted where I wanted it.

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    Hard drive orientation in the car environment

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    Since the hard drive is mounted inside the laptop and there isnt much that you can do to change that other than use an external drive, i would recommend that you mount the entire laptop with some sort of vibration or shock resistant mounting. Look around the forums for ideas of how to this. Everything has been done from suspending items in rubber bands / chords, to using an anti-vibration mounts that are used on for automotive ignition boxes in racing applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratnetwork View Post
    Since the hard drive is mounted inside the laptop and there isnt much that you can do to change that other than use an external drive, i would recommend that you mount the entire laptop with some sort of vibration or shock resistant mounting. Look around the forums for ideas of how to this. Everything has been done from suspending items in rubber bands / chords, to using an anti-vibration mounts that are used on for automotive ignition boxes in racing applications.
    I would not endorse this method. It can introduce more motion than a firm fixed mounting method.
    Your cars suspension will be just fine. Do not let the hardware bounce inside the car.
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    I use the anti-vibration mounts from an MSD ignition box. They are still a nice sturdy mount that doesn't allow things to bounce around. Basically its just a piece of rubber with a stud coming out of both ends. It hold things in place but just absorbs some of the vibrations that the car experiences. Won't do much for pot holes or bumps in the road.

    http://www.jegs.com/i/MSD/121/8823/10002/-1

    I personally don't like the rubber band method either, I was just examples of what some other members have implemented.

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    i'm thinking of making some kind of "walls" made of wood and a piece of spunge at the bottom...putting the laptop verticaly but with plenty of room besides the laptop and the walls

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