Women, especially mine, have a long history of tolerating boys (ok, men technically) and the passion they have for toys. Whether it is cars, gadgets or gizmos we all have our passions.
I recently got a new toy, a Hitachi 2.5mm 7200RM 60GB ATA100 HD for my laptop. This is a big increase over the factory 40GB model. While only 20GB seperates the storage increase, it is bounds faster. The original 4200RPM HD was a dog at handling intense tasks and loading required of a tasked engineering machine. A decked out Dell Latitude C840 (P4 2.0Ghz, 1GB RAM, 64MB GeForce 440 Vide0) was a real desktop replacement for me at first, but after a year of software and wear, its weak spot was clear, the HD speed. This mechanical device is the most important and slowest in a computer. The mechanical nature of HD's preclude them from the same reliability and speed as their non-mechanical computer component counterparts. So if you need a speed increase on your laptop (or PC), spend a few bucks on a high-end HD, you will be glad you did.
Laptop: 2.5mm HD, 7200RPM or faster, 60GB or larger, ATA100 or faster
PC: 3.5" HD, 7200RPM or faster, 120GB or larger, ATA100 or SATA or faster, 8MB cache or larger