Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by bobbypotluck, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. bobbypotluck macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2009
    i was looking at purchasing an hp laptop and it's advertised as coming with "2GB disk-on-key"

    I've never heard this term before, and am confused at what this means. does that mean that it comes with a separate flash drive that is a 2BG disk-on-key, or would it mean that of the 16GB ssd it comes with, 2GB of it is disk-on-key format? i did a little research but am still confused on what this terminology means.
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    HP often doesn't ship discs with their computers. Instead, they require you burn your own after getting the computer setup. If you decide to skip that step, and don't have the discs when you need them later down the road, you'll have to purchase them directly from HP.

    Suggestion: Get a Mac instead.
  3. bobbypotluck thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2009
    suggestion taken. i already have a mbp. lookin into the whole hackintosh netbook thing, need something that i can take to class and not care if it gets banged up. i've only had my mbp for a year and it's already taking a beating. hp mini has a giant keyboard and works with everything in osx except sound, which i'll be in class, so i can deal without.
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Pretty sure (Since HP tends to do this) it means that your 16GB SSD will be partitioned into a 14GB one and a 2GB one, the 2GB one is your restore partition. If you get a virus, or you ever need to restore, you go and boot from the restore partition (Or in my MSI Wind's case, you tap F3 during the Boot menu)
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  6. Eanair macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2009
    I have the HP 1010NR netbook, and it came with a 2 GB disk on key.

    Essentially, it turned out to be a 2 GB removable USB flash drive type thing that could be indefinitely inserted into my netbook. It doesn't stick out or anything like that; it's not obtrusive at all.
  7. bobbypotluck thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2009
    so when inserted, you get a total of 18gb? or is that included in the 16gb they quote as the ssd having?
  8. Eanair macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2009
    I have total 10 GB now.

    8 are on the solid state HD and 2 on the key thingy.

    To note though, the 2 GB key will appear as a removable drive. It doesn't integrate with the HD. Essentially, it's like having a small non-obtrusive flash drive always inserted in one of the USB ports that you never remove (unless you really wanted to). I never eject it; it's just...there all the time. At least, that's how it is for my netbook.


    Okay, here are pics.

    1. The actual disk on key.
    2. Inserting it on the side of my netbook
    3. All done. :)

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  9. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    That sounds pretty cool, can you take some pics and show us?

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