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Hardrive speed or battery life?

by ksc218 / January 17, 2006 8:41 AM PST

Is it better to have a 5400rpm hardrive to conserve batterylife/a little money or a 7200rpm hardrive to keep the speed and forget battery life. And if I was to get a 5400 how many minutes on average would I really save.

By the way I plan on keeping this laptop for a good while. And I'm thinking around 80-100 gig drive.

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It depends
by CrashT / January 18, 2006 2:33 AM PST

What type of applications are you running with your pc? Unless you're doing something that is disk intensive, you'll hardly notice the difference between a 5400 and a 7200.

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I would recommend the 5400rpm drive
by jmhal / January 21, 2006 12:43 PM PST

A 7200rpm drive is going to run hotter, reduce battery life and is going to cost more. You're most likely not going to notice the difference between a 5400 and a 7200rpm drive so spend the money on a higher capacity drive rather than a faster one.

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Depends on what you use it for?
by nuthinlikerubbin / January 21, 2006 12:56 PM PST

If its a gaming laptop then a 7200rpm would no doubt be more appropriate than a 5400rpm. Normal applications, you probably wont notice much of a difference between the two.

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5400 is good enough.
by nino88 / January 21, 2006 3:49 PM PST

I agree with the other comment about the heat. I just replaced HD on one of my laptop. That particular laptop model is quite famous of being a bit warm around the hand rest area since the hard drive is located just underneath the left hand side. The new hard drive (although also 5400RPM) runs much cooler than the original one. Now the hand rest is not even half as warm as before.

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