Replacement hard drive for laptop

I have a 5400 rpm 750 GB hard drive in my laptop now and it drives me nuts with how slow it is! I am looking to replace it with a 7200 rpm hard drive. I have found these

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004728Q12/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1RKWZVSVE3RFJK559DRF&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846

http://www.amazon.com/HGST-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-Internal-HTS725032A7E630/dp/B0080R1LK8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1344982614&sr=8-2&keywords=320+gb+7200+rpm

Should these be ok? I have a Lenovo y470p. If you can find a better deal for a hard drive please feel free to mention it! Thanks.
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  1. Same drive, $10 cheaper on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145455

    They're okay, if you're willing to invest a bit more into a smaller hard drive, you can get your hands on an SSD, I don't know if your computer has the drivers to support, but the leap in performance will be MUCH more noticeable.

    Good luck,
  2. hpfreak said:
    Same drive, $10 cheaper on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145455

    They're okay, if you're willing to invest a bit more into a smaller hard drive, you can get your hands on an SSD, I don't know if your computer has the drivers to support, but the leap in performance will be MUCH more noticeable.

    Good luck,



    I would, but I can't have less than the 320 GB. This laptop is used for gaming some and it would eat an SSD up in no time.
  3. rolltide101x said:
    I would, but I can't have less than the 320 GB. This laptop is used for gaming some and it would eat an SSD up in no time.


    Of course.. Well then, how does the Newegg 320 GB hard drive sound?


    Thanks,
  4. Thank you for that link btw. I am going to buy it soon, Its just annoying to have a quad core i7 and 8 GB of ram and be held back by a slow HDD! lol
  5. I have never purchased anything from Newegg before (95% of my online shopping is done on Amazon) so I was wondering how the shipping price works? I do not like putting in all my info in before I see how much the shipping is lol
  6. Wondering if any of the Seagate hybrid drives might give a decent boost, though they are a bit pricier than a standard drive.
  7. This is the physical size of the current hard drive

    Form Factor
    2.5"

    Height (maximum)
    9.5mm

    Width (maximum)
    69.75mm

    Length (maximum)
    100.3mm

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136546


    and this is the size of the hard drive I want to replace it with.

    Form Factor
    2.5"

    Height (maximum)
    7mm

    Width (maximum)
    70mm

    Length (maximum)
    100mm

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145455&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=1pynwer8u5wlv


    Could this be a problem?
  8. Does anyone know?
  9. there is no problem; it's thinner that's all. You should watch the length and the width so the screws match. Those measurements are a fit so no problem.
  10. Why not look at a hybrid drive? I recently bought a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940 and couldn't be happier. Very similar performance to an SSD but the space of normal HDD.

    edit: The older drive with 500gb and 4gb ssd is ~$80 vs the new drive that has 750gb +8gb ssd is ~$180 NIB+3year warranty or oem about ~$130.
  11. Thanks, I am not a hardware guy so I do not know these things for sure so I like to be better safe than sorry!
  12. Supermuncher85 said:
    Why not look at a hybrid drive? I recently bought a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940 and couldn't be happier. Very similar performance to an SSD but the space of normal HDD.



    I would but I can not afford that big of a bill. lol
  13. Smaller will always fit. Keep in mind that there are some drives that are 12mm in size and obviously will not fit.
  14. Try seagate's momentus XT hybrids. Especially the new ones, iirc 16GB of flash NAND + 750GB of storage.
  15. ojas said:
    Try seagate's momentus XT hybrids. Especially the new ones, iirc 16GB of flash NAND + 750GB of storage.

    He already said it's too expensive for him + it's 8gb of nand not 16.
  16. Hi :)

    I own computer shops and sell laptops...

    If you came in my shop and I had two identical laptops, one with a 5400 drive and one with a 7200 drive, YOU COULD NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE...

    Without a stopwatch...for things like games level loads...

    The difference is unnoticeable...

    Now get an SSD or a HYBRID and you will EASILY tell the difference in speed...

    So dont bother with the 7200...

    All the best Brett :)
  17. Supermuncher85 said:
    He already said it's too expensive for him + it's 8gb of nand not 16.

    Ah. Sorry, missed that.
  18. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    I own computer shops and sell laptops...

    If you came in my shop and I had two identical laptops, one with a 5400 drive and one with a 7200 drive, YOU COULD NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE...

    Without a stopwatch...for things like games level loads...

    The difference is unnoticeable...

    Now get an SSD or a HYBRID and you will EASILY tell the difference in speed...

    So dont bother with the 7200...

    All the best Brett :)



    I have never really tried to play games on a 7200 RPM HDD but I do know program launches are much faster on a cold start with a 7200 RPM vs a 5400 RPM. Why would it not speed up game loads? Program launches are the main thing I was attempting to speed up though. lol
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