Does anyone have any info on ATA / IDE laptop hard drives that are exceptionally shock and vibration resistant? I'm running into problems on rough bumpy roads with my laptop freezing and requiring me to pull the battery to get it to reboot.
At first I thought it was loose / wiggling USB connectors, because it always seemed to happen when I was running an OBD2 scan-tool / data logger on rough roads, but I'm now realizing that it happens on all rough roads regardless of what is or isn't connected.
A few weeks ago it took 6-8 reboot attempts including safe-mode, and when it did recover several desktop icons were moved and there was a white line down through the screen, which went away a few days later.
I don't have to have anything larger than 30-40 Gig. Current drives (one is an external backup clone) are WD Scorpios.
The laptop is mounted in a Ram mount; I might try some foam padding between the mount and laptop, too.
Between running Delorme Street Atlas w/GPS, AutoEnginuity Scan Tool, Isspro Data Logger and the Minotaur Engine Tuning Software, not running the laptop at all times is simply not an option.