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May 4, 2005, 2:31 pm
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I am contemplating a laptop purchase and I was wondering how much
weight I should give to the rotational speed of the hard drive. I
currently have a Toshiba with a 4200 rpm drive and I encounter a lot of
pauses while the drive spins up to access data. I have the choice of
buying a Thinkpad with a 5400 rpm drive or spending about $250 more to
get one with a 7200 rpm drive. Both drives are Ultra ATA.
What performance gains could I expect with a 7200 rpm drive versus a
5400 rpm? I am trying to see if it is worth the extra money. Thanks!
Re: Importance of Hard Drive speed to Performance
$250 for a 7200rpm drive is outrageous! Look at the offerings for
notebook drives at www.newegg.com for just one example. With new
laptops a 4200rpm drive will be a significant performance bottleneck,
IMO; a 7200rpm drive will be a noticeable improvement. If the drive is
easily removed -typically in a slide-out carraige- it is usually just a
matter of a few minutes to swap a new, faster drive. Buy an external
enclosure for the stock drive, USB2 and/or Firewire (whatever the laptop
supports) for an additional $30.