Back after a while. So essentially my laptop's hard disk mysteriously failed where the computer would not even start up. (Also while I tried to get the built-in diagnostics running but it could not even find the HD. I can still boot from the live disk but the utility inside can not load the disk either.) Note that I still have access to a chromebook Now I am looking for a new computer and would like to know any recommendations. Again, I would like to get a new laptop since I might need to carry it with me, and I don't need it to be very powerful, but I occasionally use the laptop to edit videos. Any recommendations? I can wait if there is say a new model coming out since I have access to the chromebook.
You might want to ask to have this moved to the "Questions and advice for Buying a New Computer" forum on the "open" forums or post your question there (if you have not already). You will likely get more help/suggestions.
For me personally, I don't tend to offer specific recommendations unless I have been able to lay hands on a device myself. And even then, I still hesitate to recommend specific products as what I like might not be ideal for others. After all, I have my own biases that tend to guide my decisions (for example, I won't touch a Dell ever again due to a bad experience with their customer service/support...of course, this is not much of an issue for me as I tend to build my own Windows desktops these days and I buy Apple laptops).
Also, while I would prefer an SSD, I would also need a lot of space for the videos so I might have to opt for HD if the SSD's are still small (Not sure now).
You can get large SSDs, but you will pay quite a bit for that larger SSD compared to a similar size (or larger) hard drive. You can still typically get larger hard drives than SSDs (especially when talking desktop/3.5 inch hard drives, but still even true of laptop/2.5" hard drives). For example, you can get a 4 TB Samsung SSD, but it will cost more than many laptops at $1380 just for the SSD alone. Even a 2 TB 2.5" SSD will cost more than some laptops alone at about $670. And even a 1 TB SSD is not that cheap at about $350 or so (depends on brand). Compare that to about $50 for a 1 TB 2.5" laptop hard drive and you likely will find that if you need lots of storage, you will definitely get WAY more GB per $ out of a hard drive.