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.

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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

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.

  • 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
  • Six years later, I can't find a Lenovo laptop with this feature. – user225451 Jan 25 '16 at 12:50

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).

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