60GB HD in 8600: 4200 or 7200rpm?

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  1. Magiciaen

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    Hi everyone,

    I ordered an Inspiron 8600, and got upgraded for free from a 60GB to 80GB HD. I later found that the 80GB hard drive is slower at 4200rpm, so I cancelled my order and reordered over the phone, where I specifically asked for a 7200rpm 60gig drive. The lady I spoke to said she checked her computer and that the 60Gig drives on all 8600 computers were now 7200rpm as standard. When I got sent my order confirmation, it didn't specify the speed of the hard drive. I sent them an e-mail asking to confirm the speed, but they haven't replied yet.

    What I wanted to ask is whether anyone has heard about whether 7200rpm is standard yet on the 8600, or did the sales rep make a mistake? I'm really worried they'll send me the laptop with the slower drive, leaving me stuck with it (when I could have had an 80gig for the same price), and no way to prove I asked for the faster one.

    Thanks!
     
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    Oh, I would certainly say that the Dell 8600 is standard 4200RPM harddrive and if it's not specified it most certainly is that speed. Whenever they offer their 'free upgrades' it's always to a 4200RPM harddrive speed which is what enables them to make those deals -- they'd never offer free upgrades to a larger *and* faster harddrive.

    Most consumers are unaware of harddrive speeds but are very aware of GB size, so it benefits Dell just to ignore RPM.
     
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