Laptop hard-drive fillings up fast

By myin ·
What would the optimim and most cost-effective solution for a laptop that is very quickly running out of disk space.


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This depends on what is being stored

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Laptop hard-drive filling ...

Th most cost effective way out of this position is to buy a 3.5 inch HDD and a USB to IDE Caddy and fit the HDD into the caddy and then connect to the computer and move your data to the remote drive. But there are a few potential problems depending on what it is you are actually doing.

If there is any Video Editing involved USB will be too slow and you'll need a Fire Wire connection which is much faster and may just about be fast enough for the required job.

If you have Windows XP you could compress the drive which will cost you nothing but a bit of time and give you a lot more space available.

Or you could replace the HDD with something bigger currently the biggest that I can buy is 120 GIG but you'll need to see if something so big is supported by your BIOS.

It really depends on how much you can spend and what you want to actually do as well as how portable things need to be. All of these have to be considered before you can make a decision.


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True in every sense

by myin In reply to This depends on what is b ...

Thanks HAL. I'm actually using an external (portable) HDD now. Bit inconvenient but can live with it. I guess the real "permanent" solution would be to transplant my IBM T42 drive with a bigger one. I'm sure it'll chuck a fit!

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I don't know if this is still the case

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to True in every sense

But when the T42's first came out they had a hidden partition on the drive which stored all the Install programs on so you could bring your T42 back to a Factory Fresh install in about 20 minutes.

If they are still like that you could have some major problems in fitting a new HDD but on the up side they will take the 120 GIG units as I've used them previously with the T40 Series of IBM NB's.


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Something else to consider

by TechExec2 In reply to Laptop hard-drive filling ...

A 2.5" external USB HDD is another option to consider until you move to a larger internal HDD. Very portable and lightweight. No power supply (powered by USB port). Up to 160 GB. Drives pricey vs. 3.5" drives.

2.5" external HDD, no power supply (powered by USB port), up to 160GB

2.5" HDDs up to 160 GB now

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