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    What laptop Hardrive do I want?

    So after reading the "warning: danger to your harddrive" thread I've decided to switch from a full size 3.5in hardrive to a laptop drive. The drive I originally bought for the pc was a 120gig full size drive. I had it mounted horizontally and have since learned that there is a greater chance of disk damage when mounted that way. Unfortunatly, I don't have enough space in my case to mount verticaly so I am going to switch to a laptop drive. I was able to get a 18gig 4200rpm IBM Travelstar drive out of an old dell laptop for free (perk or working with IT guys) and was planning on just ghosting the current drive. As it turns out I'm using about 24gigs on the full size drive so it won't fit on the laptop drive.

    So this brings me to my initial question:
    What is the best 40gig laptop drive out there? What rpm should I be looking at, 4200 or 5400? What are the benefits of either?

    I don't really know much about laptop drives but I'd like a fast one.

    Thanks.

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    I've actually had better luck with a 3.5" HDD. I was in a pretty bad accident with one (running at the time) and it's still fine today. The "warning: danger to your hard drive" is hyperbole.

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    Now how was your drive mounted? verticle or horizontal? I read that thread and got spooked I guess, but living in Boston where pot holes are everywhere I just want to cover my bases. I have a MkIII gti btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanozic
    Now how was your drive mounted? verticle or horizontal? I read that thread and got spooked I guess, but living in Boston where pot holes are everywhere I just want to cover my bases. I have a MkIII gti btw
    It was mounted vertically. Although I doubt that made a big difference. My car spun out and the middle of the frame ended up slamming into a tree and bent the car in half. It was a pretty hard hit and my car hit some big bumps along the way to the tree. It pretty much got shaken every single way. After checking to see if I was OK (I was the only one involved) I checked the carputer! It booted up just fine!

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    read the last 2 pages of WARNING! Damage to your hard drives. once more.

    Out of all the drives.. seagate has the most extensive shock protection that will actually work when the drive is operating.

    My 100GB WD just died on me.. there is too many factors that will determine if/how long the drive will go in your car.
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    I'll have to check it out again. My car has a pretty stiff suspention so that combinded with Boston's bumpy roads has got me a little worried. Granted I have had no trouble at all and on a trip down to NJ everything worked out great. I guess I'm just trying to be sure as to what is the best way to set it up.

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    im using an actual laptop which has a hitachi drive and zooming all over boston without incident. i too have a stiff suspension - acura NSX. i'll be going to a mini itx at some point though and will likely just use a standard size drive.

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    Really? well thats good too know. I think I'm just going to switch to a laptop drive since my case won't allow me to mount my 3.5in vertically. It's not that big of a deal, I just wanted to know which one to use. I guess I should be looking at the IBM ones. I'll pick it up this weekend. Thanks for the help

    maybe pick up this one?
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-023&depa=1

    btw, I wonder if there are enough boston folk for a gtg, I'd love to see your nsx

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    the nsx looks great, the carputer is not nearly done. i have it mounted in the dash permanently, but i have wires running down the dash and along the sides of the seat . looks really lovely. the gps i toss on top of the dash when i go out. the laptop is too friggin slow to do everything else i want to do and im having issues with the amp so the sound system is a joke. at least the car is running strong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanozic
    I'll have to check it out again. My car has a pretty stiff suspention so that combinded with Boston's bumpy roads has got me a little worried. Granted I have had no trouble at all and on a trip down to NJ everything worked out great. I guess I'm just trying to be sure as to what is the best way to set it up.
    Same. Mazda 6.. with lowered eibach springs.. It's a stiff ride, but thats how i like it!

    Funny part is.. My drive died BECAUSE of my trip to boston and back :P You guys have pretty crappy roads around there!
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