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SATA 5400RPM vs SATA 7200 RPM in a laptop

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March 30, 2006 2:18:24 PM

Hello, Im getting a laptop and I was wondering if getting a 7200RPM instead of a 5400RPM hard drive is really worh it.
Considering I'm not going to be playing games or doing anything heavy on the computer, just going on the internet downloading music and nothing else
I can get a 100gb Sata 5400RPM hard drive for $40 LESS than a 60GB Sata 7200RPM or $250 less than an equal 100gb Sata 7200RPMS

Obviously my prices arent the street prices but they are the prices Dell is offering at the moment, thanks
March 30, 2006 2:41:35 PM

If you can afford it, I would say the 7200 RPM disk is certainly worth the money.

I recently upgraded the disk in my laptop from 5400 to 7200--although it was not SATA, I seen a HUGE performance increase in doing so.

As with anything though--it's how much you want to spend for the performance.
March 30, 2006 3:05:36 PM

You sacrafice some battery life, so it's a trade off. Personally, I don't care about the battery life.
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March 30, 2006 3:06:39 PM

You can always buy a HD from somewhere else and save a few $$$$.
March 30, 2006 5:39:34 PM

I just bought a Pentium M 1.7ghz, 1GB DDR, 40GB 5400RPMs, DVDRW and it comes with the regular Intel 900 graphics and the nylon case for the laptop, I got it all for $759.00 shipped
Not a bad deal in my opinion.
March 30, 2006 6:16:35 PM

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If you can afford it, I would say the 7200 RPM disk is certainly worth the money.

I recently upgraded the disk in my laptop from 5400 to 7200--although it was not SATA, I seen a HUGE performance increase in doing so.

As with anything though--it's how much you want to spend for the performance.

I second this opinion.
You'll see the performance mainly in starting up programs that need to be retrieved from the disk.

Its true you sacrifice some battery life, but I don't think its that substantial. I guess it depends on the HDD and your laptop's power management.
March 30, 2006 6:18:42 PM

If you're happy, go for it! :D  You can always add a 7200 RPM drive later, should you feel the need.
March 31, 2006 9:11:14 AM

Yeah and I doubt I will, I'm using a Toshiba Satellite right now that has a 1.1ghz Celeron with 256mb of ram and 12GB Hard Drive and I haven't had problems heheheh
April 1, 2006 6:25:48 PM

Hi mate,

I have an old P4M (i.e. pre-centrino) based laptop with DDR-266 RAM. This came with a Toshiba 40Gbyte 4200rpm drive. I upgraded this to a 60Gbyte 7200rpm Hitachi Travelstar... Whoosh I have never looked back!! I haven't got the bench marks but I find the subjective difference worth the 100.00 quid I spent on the HD...

You can always buy a laptop with a slower drive now and upgrade the HD when the 7200rpm 160Gbyte perpendicular drives finally come to market (smart move in my opinion)!! You can stick the old HD in one of these external 2.5" drive cases (like what I did) - very handy for extra storage and run off USB bus power (I got a transparent Stardom case).

Battery life is all very fine but laptop HDs have slower transfer rates than 3.5" desktops drives because circumference of the 2.5" disk tracks is much shorter (while the data density is similar). So go for the fastest one you can find!! Who knows what will happen next with Samsung planning NAND flash 2.5" (or was it 1.8"??) solid state disk drives <$1000 soon!! Bitching!!

Bob Wya
April 3, 2006 7:13:06 PM

I upgraded the 60Gig 4200 rpm in my HP laptop to a 100 Gig Hitachi E7K100 7200 rpm hard drive with 8 Mb of cache. After getting the image copied over and installing it I thought I'd upgraded the CPU. It flies now. In any system the hard drive is a major bottle neck so I'd say go for it. I bought a Nexstar 2.5 enclosure and used Acronis TrueImage to copy the image over and now I have a 60 Gig external and I couldn't be happier. This is one upgrade that I reccomend every laptop user contemplate.
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