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    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Aug 2011 - 6:05 PM

    Can anyone assist in identifying laptops that have the capacity for two hard drives without the need to lose the optical drive.

    The two I have found so far are:

    HP DV7
    Asus N73SV

    Not looking for a debate on the virtues of removing the optical drive or why I might need two hard drives.

    This is to run a specific piece of software and research has determined that the most efficient configuration is a laptop with an SSD, but since the capacity of these is relatively low for a full-time business machine the best compromise appears to be a dual-hard drive laptop.

    Thanks
    Cheryl

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    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Aug 2011 - 7:11 PM

    Anyone?

    Sad

    Tried google - that's how I found the original two models.

    BigRick
    BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Aug 2011 - 7:29 PM

    i had an hp laptop with two internal drives.... but cant remember the model number... and my new one only has one.

    JamesGarfield

    Try HP, my last one had a slot for a second drive, try going to the manufactureres websites, the info will be on there.

    skeletor
    skeletor  111643 forum posts England
    8 Aug 2011 - 7:48 PM

    Worth checking Dell. My Dell Studio 1737 has two HDDs (250GB each) and optical drive. It's a couple of years old now but they may have similar configuration/spec models.

    lobsterboy
    lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014171 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Aug 2011 - 8:28 PM

    Lenovo (was IBM) Thinkpads used to have an "ultrabay" hot swappable drive system so you could replace a battery for a drive.
    I can't work out if they still do it though.

    How about a second drive in a docking station? or does it have to be fully portable ?

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Aug 2011 - 8:48 PM

    Thanks all

    Fully portable would be better due to nature of work involved.

    Trying to avoid dell due to their need for bloatware. Pain in the butt removing all their little auto reminders.

    Lenovo could be worth a look.

    User_Removed
    9 Aug 2011 - 11:42 AM

    There's a program that makes that seriously easier pcdecrapifier. New Dell bloatware free in about 10 minutes

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Aug 2011 - 6:08 PM

    Thanks chris will look in to that.

    musicianbruce
    21 Aug 2011 - 10:28 PM

    www.pcspecialist.co.uk

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Aug 2011 - 7:39 AM

    Thanks Bruce

    I went with the HP in the end. Good choice just as they decide to get out of hardware -LOL

    User_Removed
    22 Aug 2011 - 5:00 PM

    How are you finding the SSD? Does it boot as quickly as they say they do?

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Aug 2011 - 6:37 PM

    Not using it as the boot drive. Specifically the speed of a piece of analysis software is based on IO. So it is to hold the databases whilst working. Speed of boot time is irrelevant in this instance.

    Simply with large datasets the speed is significantly improved using an ssd.

    For instance a join between 21m and 8m records on standard pc took 1.5 hours on unsorted data and some 20 mins on sorted data. Of course the two sorts took approx 45 mins.

    On the ssd unsorted less than 2 mins! Now this was not on same pc but basic specs were similar.

    So if the laptop takes 1 or 2 mins to boot it does not greatly impact the work. At some point as prices drop I may replace larger drive with another ssd.

    mohikan22
    mohikan22  102188 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Aug 2011 - 6:51 PM

    SSD boots super fast (10-15 secs here) windows 7 64bit (pc)

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