Will 7200 really make a big difference over 5400 HDD?

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  1. gohanssjn

    gohanssjn Notebook Evangelist

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    I mean, my old laptop has a 7200 and that not even with an 8meg buffer and it seemes alright (aside from the slow processor >.>)

    I ordered the 100gig 5400 with my 1210 because of price mainly (that, and I carry a lot of media with me, so I assumed space>speed). Also, because while the 60 and 80 were cheaper, they only had a 2meg buffer on them.

    Should I look into the price of a 60 gig 7200 for games or something? Or is it not really that big of a difference?
     
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    matt_h1 Notebook Deity NBR Reviewer

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    This has been discussed MANY times, 7200 really only effects boot times not ingame stuff, If your doing alot of video encoding or cant wait 2 seconds more for the next map to load then go with a 7200 keep in mind you will have more heat, noise, and less battery life for a much higher price.
     
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    Amber Notebook Prophet NBR Reviewer

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    Like Matt said, most users probably won't notice a difference. If you are a hard core gamer of do alot of video editing, then 7200 would be better. For simple word processing and normal/day to day stuff, you wouldn't really benefit from a 5400.

    I have the 7200, and I don't notice any heat from mine or noise unless I put my ear near the HDD. Not sure about the battery. Just my 2 cents
     
  4. gohanssjn

    gohanssjn Notebook Evangelist

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    Awesome. Thanks. All those points I assumed, just needed confirmation :)

    I do some sound editing, but to do that, I'd get a seperate HD anyways since it needs to be isolated. Thanks again!
     
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    sinkrite Newbie

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    From everything I've heard and experienced, a 7200rpm drive will do almost everything in terms of loading faster.. Opening programs will be peppier, booting, shutting down, etc.. Really does depend what you want out of your system, personally the possible heat/battery trade off is well worth it.. But like the others said, it should be easy to find more info :) .
     
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    psychowes Notebook Enthusiast

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    this is my first laptop and it has a 5400rpm drive in it, before that my desktop had a 7200rpm drive, i am on the computer alot and i can 100% say that the difference is neglegable.
     
  7. titaniummd

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    From what I have seen in idle and hardcore processing my HD temperature doesn't have much variability 35-40 degrees C.

    Many report nominal improvement in performance if only HD rotation speed was the difference in a system of similar configurations.
     
  8. hln98

    hln98 Notebook Geek

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    Yes, you will notice a HUGE difference if you get a Hitachi 7200. I had a 5400 drive with my 9300 and just recently upgraded to 100g 7200 Hitachi and everything is extremely snappy. And I mean everything from openining up Control Panel, loading Office and normal PC usage. Mine does not run hot, in fact it even runs cooler than my 60g 5400 Toshiba drive by a 2 deg.

    Just to be sure it wasn't my imagination, I put back my old drive and live with it for 1/2 day and then saw a huge jump in speed when using the new drive.

    Copying a 5 gig file between partitions took 7 minutes with Toshiba 5400. With the new drive it took 1 minute 29 secs. I was amazed.

    I went another step further by inviting my female neighbor who hates technology and knows or cares nothing about hard drives to try both drives out. Without telling her which one should be faster, she pointed to the new 7200 drive 3 seperate times. Now I know this is by no means scientific testings :), but the 7200 passed the girl test :).

    My point is, go with the 7200 drive. It's worth it. It improves your PC experience in every way. Remember that everything has to be loaded into memory first before the CPU fully takes over. The reason people claim that they only notice slight improvement is because they had forgotten how slow the old drive was.
     
  9. mikey411

    mikey411 Newbie

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    I have an Inspiron 6400/E1505, would the 80GB SATA seagate momentus 7200.1 model #ST980825AS fit in OK?
     
  10. pufftissue

    pufftissue Notebook Evangelist

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    I promise that the 7200 rpm drives are noticeably faster in every single way.
    I have had 4200, 5400, and 7200. It's really worth the $.
     
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