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Old 01-18-2017, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Dell Vostro 3360 laptop, I took it to B.E. Tek and they told me the hard drive needs to be replaced (the laptop won't boot up, gets to the loading screen and freezes, quietly beeps alternate beeps between left and right speakers, won't respond to F2 or F12 and crashes again.)

Anyways, I have a very low budget. What hard drive should I get? Is the stock
SATA-300 smart to order? It's very cheap online, is there an upgrade I can get?
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Old 01-18-2017, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's your budget and what's the current capacity of your drive?

If you can, I'd say go for an SSD as it will tremendously increase overall performance of the laptop.
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A 500GB 5400RPM laptop drive runs about 50. a 128GB SSD runs about 50, and a 250GB SSD runs about 75.

I would go for the SSD, a 250GB or bigger. Yes you will lose some storage space but you will gain loads of speed. You can always use external storage if needed.
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So I 120gb Sandisk SSD, would I be better off with that or just the replacement HD from the Dell website?
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Performance wise you'd be better off with an SSD. Price-to-capacity wise HDD's still win. I would say go for a decent sized SSD, still.
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Gotcha. I'm trying to stay pretty cheap...trying to find the most affordable option to fix my computer
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