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Netbook with dual hard drives (2x 2.5 sata OR 1x sata and 1x msata)

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April 27, 2013 5:29:01 PM

I am a field tech and find myself having to download a ton of drivers and other software on the field as well as cloning/reimaging several computers. Because of this, long battery life (from a netbook) is a must. Are there any specific models of netbooks that either have space for 2 sata drives (doubtful) or one that will take both a 2.5" sata drive as well as an msata drive? I want to use the msata for booting and then the the mechanical drive for storage. I have searched for quite awhile till I was blue in the face, but figured I would ask here because someone might have already done such a DIY project in the past and may know a model or two that this was possible with.

USB 3.0 would be a plus, but atthis point I would be happy to just find a model that had msata boot capability and a regular sata spot as well. Its just too expensive to buy a 512gb ssd and store half as many images as I could otherwise.
April 27, 2013 7:21:41 PM

I also looked and couldn't find anything.

However, maybe you would be well served with an external, 2.5" USB3 drive?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Perhaps not as convenient to carry as it's a separate device, but it's also MORE convenient as you can move it between different computers which you appear to do.
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April 27, 2013 8:31:34 PM

photonboy said:
I also looked and couldn't find anything.

However, maybe you would be well served with an external, 2.5" USB3 drive?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Perhaps not as convenient to carry as it's a separate device, but it's also MORE convenient as you can move it between different computers which you appear to do.


Thanks but the whole reason for this was to eliminate the external drive which is yet another thing to carry around that can get lost, dropped and damaged, stolen etc. The replacement drives are always connected to the netbook via usb to sata/ide adapter to image FROM the netbook then the replacement drive is replaced in the computer that needed it...so being able to connect a drive with a ton of images on it from one computer to another is completely useless to me. thanks for trying anyway
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April 27, 2013 10:08:23 PM

MVTcom said:
photonboy said:
I also looked and couldn't find anything.

However, maybe you would be well served with an external, 2.5" USB3 drive?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Perhaps not as convenient to carry as it's a separate device, but it's also MORE convenient as you can move it between different computers which you appear to do.


Thanks but the whole reason for this was to eliminate the external drive which is yet another thing to carry around that can get lost, dropped and damaged, stolen etc. The replacement drives are always connected to the netbook via usb to sata/ide adapter to image FROM the netbook then the replacement drive is replaced in the computer that needed it...so being able to connect a drive with a ton of images on it from one computer to another is completely useless to me. thanks for trying anyway


I installed Windows 8 on a laptop and added Start8 and the entire boot process is about 20 seconds. On a 5400RPM HARD DRIVE!

HYBRID DRIVES:
http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/laptop-hard...

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=80986&promoid=1280

*There are both 7mm and 9.5mm 2.5" drives (even some thicker ones). If you get a netbook it may use a 7mm so if you buy a drive for it be careful to note the THICKNESS the netbook supports.
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April 27, 2013 10:23:57 PM

Other:
You may wish to look into HASWELL netbooks when they come out.

Haswell is a radical improvement in efficiency to improve battery life. It has some amazing features (if implemented) such as:
a) using almost no power other than screen when static image is displayed (a small memory buffer for screen stays in a loop)
b) CPU turns off/on quickly

It will have Windows 8, but if you dislike the interface you can get Start8.

So my advice would be:
1) ASUS netbook based on Haswell (Windows 8 x86, not RT?)
2) START8 if needed
3) swap hard drive for SSHD (make sure THICKNESS is compatible)
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May 5, 2014 8:09:09 PM

I have a Lenovo Yoga 2 13 UltraBook which is not a netbook but I get 8 to 9 hours of battery life Internet browsing and it has a 128GB SSD and a 500GB HD in the same machine.

Basically, I took a Yoga 2 13 (non-Pro) from BestBuy with an I5-4200U processor and a 500GB SSHD drive. There is an empty M.2 SSD type 2280 slot. I added a Crucial M550 128GB M.2 card to the M.2 slot and copied the HD partitions to the SSD. The Y 2 13 now boots in about 12 seconds and uses less power now. It also resumes from suspend mode in two seconds. You could use a Crucial M500 240GB M.2 card ($120) also. I chose the M550 for the faster write speed.

The 500GB HD is not upgradeable. The RAM is not upgradeable.

There are hybrid drives that use an internal SSD cache to speed up and store frequently used data. They speed up boots particularly for Windows 8 PCs.
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