Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

At the moment, I possess a Dell Inspiron 6400. Just removing two screws, I've made the drive removable and can pull it off in one second.

enter image description here

The new Inspiron and Studio laptops don't support this anymore (the drive is no more on the side but on the back of the laptop). So I’m looking for a new laptop having this kind of feature, or one that can be modded easily.

I also need a :

  • Screen >= 15" (if possible resolution > 1366 x 768 resolution)
  • Core i5-520M
  • Midrange GPU (like an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650)
  • Decent battery life
  • minimum fan noise
share|improve this question

closed as too localized by random Apr 9 '10 at 1:01

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Sorry, but shopping type questions are discouraged on SU. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/36056/not-the-shopping –  random Apr 9 '10 at 1:01

2 Answers 2

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Lenovo sells Thinkpads with removable hard drives (at least the x61 has a removable drive). Mine literally comes out after one screw and you can configure the system to posses what you want when you order. Problem is that they're a little expensive.

share|improve this answer
    
Thinkpads have been easily modifiable even before Lenovo had them. My ancient A22m requires removing one screw to remove the hard disk. –  Broam Apr 8 '10 at 20:15
    
ah. I never had one before i got the one i have now. I have to say i'm very impressed with it. Now if i could just keep it online... –  Kravlin Apr 8 '10 at 20:32
    
I've looked at the Hardware Maintenance Manual of the T510 (download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/63y0536.pdf) it seems approaching what I'm looking for. You can buy it with the NVIDIA NVS 3100m, a bit weak for me and I don't much like the display, but it looks like a great laptop. Sadly, the price in Europe (around $2100) of this model is no way near what you can found on the US online store (around $1100). –  anno Apr 8 '10 at 20:53
    
what about buying one off newegg or something like that? They have 2 different computers with the NVS100m for much cheaper(assuming that isn't a deal breaker, if it is then lenovo isn't your company) –  Kravlin Apr 8 '10 at 21:14

Just a note: you can add a hot-removable hard disk to the media bay of Dell laptops (need to check if Studio has these) using a SATA media bay adaptor (cheap on eBay).

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.