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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:
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.
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Tried google - that's how I found the original two models.
i had an hp laptop with two internal drives.... but cant remember the model number... and my new one only has one.
Try HP, my last one had a slot for a second drive, try going to the manufactureres websites, the info will be on there.
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.
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 ?
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.
There's a program that makes that seriously easier pcdecrapifier. New Dell bloatware free in about 10 minutes
Thanks chris will look in to that.
I went with the HP in the end. Good choice just as they decide to get out of hardware -LOL
How are you finding the SSD? Does it boot as quickly as they say they do?
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.
SSD boots super fast (10-15 secs here) windows 7 64bit (pc)
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