I'm going on a very boring, 3 hour trip. My laptop battery will last me long enough that I can have a computer during that time, but I thought I'd ask first, is this a bad idea? Could bumpiness during driving crash the harddrive, or cause other damage to the laptop while it's turned on?

It's a Sony VAIO VGN-A690, and it's pretty heavy. I'll have a hard surface between it and my lap to keep it from overheating. The car will be a van, and it will be fairly clostrophobic in the back, so it shouldn't end up moving around. Can it handle it?

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Well, a laptop can handle minor to fair amounts of jolts. But in the end, it is a hard drive and the normal rules apply. Don't let it fall off, don't use the machine on bumpy terrain. It'll be fine while driving under normal conditions.

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Laptop harddrives can handle quite a lot. I used to ride my bike with a running laptop inside it. I think I was the first person with a 4GB portable MP3 player. Oh... The laptop kept running for years after using it in this way.

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Well, the trip was canceled, but it's good to know this. Thanks a lot guys. :)

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