Are you serious???? Whom ever designed the Inspiron N5110 should be fired. After 15 years of working on Dell desktops and laptops I have never seen something so stupid as in this laptop. Why in the world would you put the hard drive under the system board? A tech has to disassemble the entire laptop to get to the hard drive. It's absolutely ridiculous. The hard drive is one of the major parts in a laptop that gets replaced or swapped. I am speechless. I am returning this laptop in the morning and looking for a different model or even a different brand. Bad move Dell.
It's not a great design from a serviceability standpoint, for sure - but at least the service manual documents the process. I've seen plenty of Apple and Sony systems that were worse from a hard drive access standpoint - and they don't provide service manuals to the public.
Yes, I can chime in with DSCRAPPY.
Incidentally, even the motive for changing the HDD is down to Dell - they no longer customise the Inspirons and they give you a fast CPU, Sandy Bridge chipset and adequate RAM in combination with a lame 5400rpm HDD - whatever is the point of that?
Fine, I thought to myself, get an SSD for the system and be done with it - so now I have an obscenely expensive SSD loitering on my desk and have to take the whole machine to bits before I can get it anywhere near it.
Well, Ejn63, there are Inspirons with i7 processors in my neck of the woods and the only thing that sets them apart from the XPS is the graphics card - but I don't quite know what you're implying anyway.
To do them justice though - I took the machine to a Dell shop and they completely disassembled it, changed the HDD and put it all back together again in about an hour and a half. They refused to take any payment for it.
There's more to an XPS vs. Inspiron than just that.
The reason the Inspirons exist is to allow $399 computers to be sold - they're not designed for anything other than a low price. In exchange for the low price, you make some sacrifices in design (and quality).
Anybody who got here because they too cant get to thier hard drive, I video taped my (3rd) attempt, so you have some idea what's involved.............
I agree the location of the hard drive is stupid. However, Dell provides the service manuals to public, it's not too difficult for a slightly advanced user to follow the steps and get the hard drive out.
I'm not defending Dell...
But for those who says Inspiron quality is too bad and that's why it's cheap:
I would tell them that I have an HP Pavillion laptop, after 3.5 years of purchasing it, the processor failed and it should be replaced. I contacted HP, they offered me either I send the laptop to them to replace the defective part ($450 + tax) or they send me the part abn I have to install it by myself ($330 + tax + I have to ship back my old processor). -- Both options are ridiculous ... For sure I'll not repair it !
This laptop has the hard drive located in very accessible location and it last 3.5 years only.
What I would say is that when you buy any electronic device nowadays, don't expect more than 4-5 years life maximum at the best condition - it does'nt matter you buy Dell or HP or any other brand...
So my advise when you buy a new laptop:
- don't pay a lot just to have the hard drive in an accessible location !
- Put in your mind that this laptop will serve for 4 years, and you will have to buy another one after that
I have just purchased a DELL INSPIRON MODEL 5110 ON 6TH MAR and on 10th mar the hard disk failed.On calling the customer care they ran a diagnostic check (F12) and told will replace the hard drive.Yesterday they came and replaced the hard drive. they put toshiba hard drive instead of seagate which was already there. More over there were no CDS along with the laptop except for utilities and drivers (like the webcam cd, OS, ETC). now they ask me to install eevrything from the web. I dont understand this. what should i do? should i ask them to replace the laptop? its just 1 week old.. wheni have to install everything like MS office, anti virus, etc... id rather get it replaced. im confused. :-((