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Is this safe for my laptop?

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  1. Panoush

    Panoush Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    as i am typing this i am sitting in the back of a campervan, i am moving from Ireland to portugal by vehicle, it will take a few weeks. since i'm a passenger i thought i would spend the driving time conducting work online in the back at the table. But the roads in ireland are shaky as Fu*k.im just wondering if having a laptop on a shaky table will bring any harm to it? i'm kind of paranoid the bumps will slowly unscrew everything and just fall apart :p and its a brand new laptop.. I'm guessing it will be fine, but i'd like a second opinion? thanks.
     
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    If It's SSD hard drive, you should be more or less okay unless it falls out the window. Standard hard drive with moving parts could be an issue.
     
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    Roads are not that shaky you're fine.
     
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    Driving from Ireland to Portugal, take a few weeks? Is this an imaginary drive, or are you going the long way?
     
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    I dont think it will be a problem unless the bumps become really disturbing. You would be amazed but I had an acer laptop long ago that use to fall off the table quite a few times(lots of kids playing around and sometimes accidentally pulling the charger). It stayed with me for over 5 years. So I don't think a little shaking would ever d anything serious.
     
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    Nothing is safe on Irish roads. Guaranteed to hit a crater sized pothole and watch you Laptop disintegrate.
     
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    Don't worry, your laptop will be fine even if there are a lot of bumps on the road.
     
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    its not imaginary, if you must know my route is: driving to roslare in ireland, ferry to wales, drive to england, ferry to top of spain, then slowly driving through spain into southern portugal , it will take a few weeks. if you rushed you'd barely make it in a week
     
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    haha exactly, I have decided to only use it when on motorways, should be safe then! :)
     
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    You can drive to Portugal in roughly 30 hours from Wales.
     
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    oh, my mistake. from which ferry route?
     
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    Portugal is roughly 1400 miles from Wales, give or take 100
    . So if it took you two weeks, you would only be travelling 100 miles a day, which is nothing really.
     
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    Don't worry your laptop will survive just fine. Also is this a Apple product? My Dell XPS can survive anything.
     
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    guys, do you think im lying to you about how long it is going to take us or something? i just looked at your link, 1st of all, we started off 300km away from dublin, and we are going to Lagos which is exactley 300 km further than lisboa. We are not in a race, we are travelling, there is no final destination, we are taking our time and enjoying the journey (specifically the spainish and portugese coast) ..

    update: even irish motorways are stupidly bumpy
     
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    nope its a HP envy 15 T or someshit like that
     
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    300km further, well I bet that has added another six days on. I doubt anyone could care less if you were lying or not. Just when you said it would take a few weeks, I thought really?

    Like if someone said to me today "not looking forward to this 178 hour flight to Australia", I would think, does not take that long to get there.

    You are moving to Portugal, yet you have no final destination? Strange last time I moved house, I knew where I was moving to.
     
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    actually, 600 km further,also, add a full day for getting the ferry from Ire to Uk and then 1 and half days ferry to spain, visitng family friends on the way etc..sorry, i didn't realize i had said i was moving there, what would of been correct is my mother is moving there, im going with her and once she has unpacked i will continue travelling, anyway man, lets move on. :)
     
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    It takes a day to get from Ireland to Wales on a ferry? I think I will leave it there, I have already made up my mind. You seem very unaware of times and distances.

    A full day? Are you rowing your camper van across yourself?
     
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    If you operate a traditional hard drive (spinning platters with magnetic heads) on a bumpy ride expect to replace the drive at your destination. Today magnetic heads fly about 3 nanometers above the platters, any significant bump will cause a head crash into the platter potentially damaging the head or platter.

    When a hard drive is shut down the heads park to a non-data portion of the platters and safe for transport. As a computer shop we've seen hard drives fail by customers carrying their laptops around while running and bumping or dropping the laptop. While it might not damage the case or screen the damage to the hard drive is irreversible. The rule is; never move a laptop while the system is running, much less operate it on a bumpy ride in an automobile.

    When the heads are flying and platters are spinning you don't move the machine or cause shock to it. It only takes one shock to ruin a perfectly good hard drive. To those old enough to remember vinyl records it's the same principle as conventional record players. You might jump, it skips and no significant damage occurs OR you might jump and it just scratched your LP and now it's damaged forever.