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Laptops with two hard drives

csurry 16 9.2k 92
8 Aug 2011 6:05PM
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:

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.


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csurry 16 9.2k 92
8 Aug 2011 7:11PM


Tried google - that's how I found the original two models.
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2011 7:29PM
i had an hp laptop with two internal drives.... but cant remember the model number... and my new one only has one.
JamesGarfield 9 915 4 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2011 7:47PM
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 14 1.7k England
8 Aug 2011 7:48PM
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 Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2011 8:28PM
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 16 9.2k 92
8 Aug 2011 8:48PM
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 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2011 11:42AM
There's a program that makes that seriously easier pcdecrapifier. New Dell bloatware free in about 10 minutes
csurry 16 9.2k 92
9 Aug 2011 6:08PM
Thanks chris will look in to that.
21 Aug 2011 10:28PM
csurry 16 9.2k 92
22 Aug 2011 7:39AM
Thanks Bruce

I went with the HP in the end. Good choice just as they decide to get out of hardware -LOL
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 5:00PM
How are you finding the SSD? Does it boot as quickly as they say they do?
csurry 16 9.2k 92
22 Aug 2011 6:37PM
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 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 6:51PM
SSD boots super fast (10-15 secs here) windows 7 64bit (pc)

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