A majority of laptop hard drives are compact drives having 2.5” form factor. Since it is extra small, it has a higher price.
Desktop hard drives tend to live longer since it does not endure as much physical abuse as the laptop does. Because of portability, laptop hard drives are more susceptible to damage. Since a laptop can be brought anywhere with the user, it is not far from falling to the ground or bumping to hard surfaces. The knocks and bumps basically affect the hard drive inside.
But did you know that most of the 2.5” hard drives have GSense sensor which records the number of times that the drive has been bumped and knocked? Other models may also include a Free Fall Protection. It attempts to park the head when it detects a free fall condition, before the device actually lands on the ground, so as to avoid the head from touching the disk surface. Still, the user must have to be very careful in bringing the laptop to avoid damage to its hard drive. For most hard drives, when the system is turned off, it parks its write/read heads, but when the system is in operation, the heads are basically flying above the drive platter in just a few nanometers.
SSD vs. HDD
Both Solid State Drive (SSD) and Hard Disk Drive have the same job. They store your personal files and applications and they also boot your system. It’s just that both have their own exclusive features.
SSD is usable in both laptop and computer and delivers better performance and better reliability as compared to hard drives. A computer or laptop that is equipped with SSD will boot in not more than a minute. It is really fast to launch and run an application as well as transferring files. On the other hand, laptop hard drives require time in speeding up to operating specs. The great thing about it is that it is affordable and available anywhere because it is an older system.
Next, SSD is advisable for a laptop since it has no moving parts. It will definitely keep your data safe when you drop or bump your laptop bag or when your system is shaken while it is operating. Unlike the hard drives that fly over the drive platter when the system is off. High-end laptops, such as MacBook, do not offer HDDs. You would likely use SSD as the primary drive when you purchase an ultraportable.
So to keep your data safe and secure and to prevent data loss, you know which drive to choose.