Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:30 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: laptop HDs: 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:40 pm 
Willamette
Willamette

Joined: Tue Feb 01, 2005 12:17 pm
Posts: 1489
I'm just curious: Is there a big difference (performance-wise) between a 5400 RPM drive and 7200 RPM drive?

(I know there will be some because faster is usually better, but am curious if it is worth the extra money to buy a 7200 RPM drive versus 5400 RPM drive.)

Also, is there any problem using a laptop (2.5") SATA drive in a desktop computer (I have a 2.5-to-3.5 adaptor and a spare drive). My reasoning is that I have a spare 2.5 laptop SATA drive and my main desktop drive died the other day, so I was thinking of using the laptop drive in the desktop for the time being (to save money).

The laptop drive has an 8MB cache, which is what my other system drive had. Except for my desktop drive was a 7200 RPM and the laptop drive is only a 5400 RPM.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:56 pm 
Team Creamsicles
Team Creamsicles
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:06 pm
Posts: 3702
Location: Pennsylvania
There's a good amount of difference between the 7200RPM and 5400RPM drives. Windows will feel much snappier and programs will load faster.

The laptop drive will work in the desktop, but make sure you have a way of SECURING it. Zip ties could work if thought out.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: laptop HDs: 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:23 pm 
Team Member Top 500
Team Member Top 500
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:55 pm
Posts: 1670
cbassett01 wrote:
I'm just curious: Is there a big difference (performance-wise) between a 5400 RPM drive and 7200 RPM drive?

If all else being equal (cache size, number of platters, etc.) then yes, there is a noticeable difference that can be perceived without the use of benchmarking utilities.

cbassett01 wrote:
I know there will be some because faster is usually better, but am curious if it is worth the extra money to buy a 7200 RPM drive versus 5400 RPM drive.

Only you can answer that as it comes down to two choices: would you rather have longer notebook battery life, or would you rather see more system performance? Personally, for notebook use, I prefer 5,400RPM hard drives mainly due to the fact that they consume less power. 7,200RPM hard drives perform better but they consume much more power than their 5,400RPM counterparts. It's whatever you feel is more important for your laptop needs.

cbassett01 wrote:
Also, is there any problem using a laptop (2.5") SATA drive in a desktop computer (I have a 2.5-to-3.5 adaptor and a spare drive).

Nope, there is no problem using laptop hard drives in a desktop solution. However, you need to understand that laptop HDD capacities cap out at 500GB, so you aren't going to see the insane capacities that Seagate and Western Digital have acheived in 3.5" hard drives in 2.5" HDD formfactor.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: laptop HDs: 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:30 am 
TravBv2.0
TravBv2.0
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:35 am
Posts: 3898
Location: In the server room
cbassett01 wrote:
Also, is there any problem using a laptop (2.5") SATA drive in a desktop computer (I have a 2.5-to-3.5 adaptor and a spare drive).


Nope. If you happen to try an IDE 2.5" drive in a desktop, you'll need an adapter. They're not expensive though. For SATA, it'll work just like a desktop.

As far as securing the drive. most have found that elastic string makes for much better securing than zipties or rubber bands. Also setting it on a small piece of foam is good too.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:47 am 
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2004 10:41 am
Posts: 9316
Further Reading on same topic over here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtop ... torder=asc


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:29 pm 
Million Club [PC]*
Million Club [PC]*
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:29 pm
Posts: 4914
Location: Motor City, folding for Mom
Um, people?
From my read on the OP, there's not a question of mounting the drive - he has a drivebay adapter for the notebook drive (I think. @ cbassett: that's a drivebay adapter that you have, yes? Not an IDE adapter?)
And, since it's SATA, the electrical connections are the same.
The only question is "will there be a performance hit?"

Answer: yes. Slower spindle speeds = slower read/write speeds. Simple as that.
But, you will be up & running. FWIW, though, hard drives are way cheap these days - you can get a 500GB desktop drive for less than $100.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:01 pm 
Team Member Top 500
Team Member Top 500
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:55 pm
Posts: 1670
cup wrote:
The only question is "will there be a performance hit?" Answer: yes. Slower spindle speeds = slower read/write speeds.

This was already established previously in the thread.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:52 am 
Million Club [PC]*
Million Club [PC]*
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:29 pm
Posts: 4914
Location: Motor City, folding for Mom
garetjax wrote:
cup wrote:
The only question is "will there be a performance hit?" Answer: yes. Slower spindle speeds = slower read/write speeds.

This was already established previously in the thread.
Aware of that. However, of the four people that resonded:
- one only hit on mounting, and did not address the real question;
- one did address (a little) performance, and beat on mounting;
- one leaned his answer towards laptopland
- one linked to a thread that had already answered the question.

And, the OP had stated that he had the adapter needed.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:14 am 
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2004 10:41 am
Posts: 9316
cup wrote:
- one linked to a thread that had already answered the question.



GIMME YO EXTRA CREDIT, BIZNATCHSKI!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:02 pm 
Million Club [PC]*
Million Club [PC]*
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:29 pm
Posts: 4914
Location: Motor City, folding for Mom
Extra credit given, as well as a big box of cookies.
Preferred variety? I'm an Oreo man myself... 8)


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:15 pm 
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2004 10:41 am
Posts: 9316
Image


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:53 pm 
Little Foot
Little Foot

Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2004 3:48 pm
Posts: 170
Soon after buying my Lenovo S10, I upgraded to a 500GB Seagate 7200 rpm HD. I also upgraded to 2GB of memory.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/produc ... us_7200.4/

I didn't do any benchmarking, but just from casual observation, I really can't see much improvement in speed or performance. In fact, when doing things like viewing photos & videos, or launching software, I don't think I can tell any difference at all. Perhaps it's due to the netbook's slow processor. Things might be different with a notebook (not netbook).


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:47 pm 
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2004 10:41 am
Posts: 9316
My guess is that the Netbook is the bottleneck.


and in the future, don't dredge old threads.


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

© 2014 Future US, Inc. All rights reserved.