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 Post subject: 7200 or 5400 HD for a laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:01 am 
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I'm getting ready to order a dell xps m1330 and I have to option of going the 5400rpm or 7200rpm routs with the higher been significantly more expensive. Would the speed be that noticeable to warrant an extra $200? AND, will the 7200 use more power and thus kill my battery that much faster?


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 Post subject: Re: 7200 or 5400 HD for a laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:55 am 
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BoomerFZ1 wrote:
I'm getting ready to order a dell xps m1330 and I have to option of going the 5400rpm or 7200rpm routs with the higher been significantly more expensive. Would the speed be that noticeable to warrant an extra $200?


I would say yes. I went from a 4200 to a 5400 and there was a very noticable decrease in the time it took Windows to boot up.

BoomerFZ1 wrote:
AND, will the 7200 use more power and thus kill my battery that much faster?


Actually in my case the newer 5400 drive used less power than the 4200. The 4200 drive was rated for 5v 0.8A while the 5400 drive was rated at 5v 0.7A. Both drives were Toshibas.

Keep in mind that just because speed and capacity increase doesn't still mean they're still using the same old and moldy motors to spin these drives.


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Don't buy the upgrade from dell. They price gouge you. On newegg, a 320gig 5400 drive is 110 bucks. same drive, 7200 is 170. So the real difference in price is 70 bucks. buy the cheapest drive from dell that they offer, and get a nice, large, 7200 drive.
Links:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136197
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136280

Then what you can do with the stock drive is get an external hard drive enclosure such as this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817349002


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