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5400 vs. 7200 hard drive

by acj003 / August 1, 2010 4:41 AM PDT

I am considering purchasing a SONY VAIO I5 laptop, 15.5". I noted that they come with a 5400 RPM hard drive. Is there any significant difference between the 5400 and the 7200 RPM hard drives? Is the 7200 found in any reasonably-priced laptops currently being sold? Any recommendations?

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Go beyond the RPMs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 4:51 AM PDT

To compare you have to get into seek times and buffers as well. I can't do this for you but you would find the make, model drive, find the specs to compare with the other 7200 RPM drive.

Yes, it is possible for a good 5400 RPM drive to deliver better performance than a mediocre 7200.

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5400 vs 7200 Hard Drives
by acj003 / August 2, 2010 5:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Go beyond the RPMs.

Thanks for the info. I'll check into these details, seek time and buffers.


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