"Maybe I wasn't clear that it was an internal hard drive. Guess I'd consider solid state if I needed the extra storage..."
An Internal solid state HD is what I'm talking about. They are faster than a standard drive and there's no clickety-whurry mechanical moving bits so they are a lot less prone to damage by dropping the machine ect.
Shyaku says "SSDs have a finite expected lifetime of write/erase cycles..." that's technically true but I reckon you'd have to be rewriting practically the whole disk every day for years for that to be relevant. Not something really likely.
Anywise the point was I've knackered several standard HD's by moving, bashing or dropping the laptop in some way, so I moved onto a solid state and had no problems since as they are great for careless buggers like me.