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Is a 7200RPM SATA laptop harddrive really faster than a 5400RPM one.

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Is a 7200RPM worth $50 over a 5400RPM Laptop Harddrive?

Total: 12 votes (4 blank votes)

  • Yes, it's worth the $50.
  • 63 %
  • No, it won't be a noticible difference.
  • 0 %
  • No, it's faster, but not worth the $50.
  • 38 %
December 3, 2008 1:36:54 AM

I currently have a MHW2120BH Fujitsu 120GB 5400RPM hard drive in my laptop. I was thinking of upgrading to a MHW2160BJ Fujitsu 160GB 7200RPM hard drive. I don't really care that much about the extra 40GB. Would the increase to 7200RPM really increase the speed that much? It's only $50, but is it worth that? Would I notice?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, do 7200RPM hard drives make more heat or noise?
December 3, 2008 2:00:20 AM

Dougx1317 said:
I currently have a MHW2120BH Fujitsu 120GB 5400RPM hard drive in my laptop. I was thinking of upgrading to a MHW2160BJ Fujitsu 160GB 7200RPM hard drive. I don't really care that much about the extra 40GB. Would the increase to 7200RPM really increase the speed that much? It's only $50, but is it worth that? Would I notice?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, do 7200RPM hard drives make more heat or noise?
I purchased a 200GB 7200RPM laptop drive a little less than a year ago that I used to replace the 5400RPM drive in my PS3. Some things load a few seconds faster, but if money is tight I wouldn't spend the extra $50. Most newer 7200RPM drives are as quiet and cool as their 5400RPM counterparts, and any difference should be unnoticeable. I certainly didn't notice any difference in noise with my PS3 when I upgraded to the faster drive.
December 3, 2008 2:30:18 AM

Heya,

It's noticeably faster. It makes more noise. It makes more heat. So it depends on what you need your drive for. It makes a difference because Windows constantly writes to a pagefile unless you disable virtual memory (even in Vista), which constantly slows your drive and everything else your machine does. If you use Vista and you have like 8 gigs of RAM in your laptop, then the slower 5400rpm drive would be fine (and disable page file). But if you have less than that, get the 7200rpm.

Cheers,
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a b G Storage
December 3, 2008 3:01:32 PM

It's fairly significant. I upgraded mine from a 5400 to a 7200, and stuff is noticeably faster.
a b G Storage
December 3, 2008 3:21:51 PM

Battery life will be a little shorter with the 7200 rpm.
December 3, 2008 3:55:29 PM

whether or not it is worth the $50 is up to you.

Performance will increase.

you can still use the old drive as an external. You can get cases for like $10.
a b G Storage
December 4, 2008 12:22:27 AM

I'm not familiar with the Fujitsu line, but later model drives will be faster, as they have better seeks and faster sequentials. As for battery life, it shouldn't be significantly affected.
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