good day, i;m currently notebook shopping and i have a few questions about hard drive speeds, 5400 rpms vs. 7200 rpms.
1. is the difference in speed really that noticible for the cost?
2. what about battery life? It seems that the faster rpms would suck up more power, but is it really that noticible (less then 10 minutes) unless I'm doing something that uses a lot of hard drive swapping?
The change in HD speed is one of the cheapest and best improvements you can make to a desktop/notebook. If the options you are looking at are more than $150 different just b/c of the hard drive speed, go with the slower drive and replace it yourself (internal or external).
Haha, those velociraptors sound awesome. But I'm not that demanding. My budget is low; like 1500. I think getting a 10,000 rpm hard disk would overwhelm and bog down a poor duo core 2.4 ghz processor.
At the time of ordering I'll see what saves me more money, the upgrade or getting it included. I'm looking at about 320gbs right now, and i'd probably get along just fine with a 250. As for the ssd, paying the additional $300 or something crazy like that for getting one with about half the gigs isn't what i need. I'll be entering college next year, so i need one that's cheap, mobile, and versatile.
People have a tedandancy to shoot-for-the moon, so to speak around here sometimes, which is okay if you have really deep pockets and want the absolute best you can buy. However, that does not fit fot the vast majority of us out here.
Yeah, just get a decent 7200rpm drive. That is all you need, and the difference over the 5400rpm drive is noticable. 5400rpm drives are slooooowwww.
For speed in a notebook today I'd look at the following:
Processor (some sort of dual-core, the faster the better)
RAM (no less than 3GB (minimizes the operating system's dependence on the hard drive))
Hard drive (7200 rpms or SLC-based SSD)
Screen size and quality (subjective, but LED backlit is the new flavor, but more expensive, you know what size you're looking for))
Battery Life (you know what you need so this is subjective too)
...and if you plan to game graphics is important, along with expansion ports, etc.
I would prefer a 320GB @ 7.2K vs 500GB @ 5.4K for the same price or a little bit more. HDD is still the slowest part of a computer.
My office laptop HDD: Fujitsu MHW2100BH 100GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s
I would like it if that HHD could crash!!! It slow man... I would start looking at the SDD like an OCZ Vertex.
One mor thing: I would go at a local store where they do sell laptop and try them where they would be mostly alike but the HHD would be both. You could test booting and starting program and see by yourself.