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RPM hard disks...

I have been looking at 2 laptops with a HD speed of 5200 rpm the other 4200 rpm
Both have the same processing speed centrino sonoma 1.85 (?) 512 ram and 128 nvidia Vid Card.

My application will need to have mpegs running and moving across the screen as well as pictures moving (effect) and dissolving etc.

Is there a sig diffence in performance between the 2 speeds that would have a noticeable effect?
Would increasing the ram to 1 Gig accomadate for the shortfall?.

The 2 models are the toshiba M40 (older model and the newest one ..this week)
These models are in Canada, not sure about the US


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Rev it it up!

In reply to: RPM hard disks...

If both are similarly featured, (besides
the hard drive speed) then I'd say go for
the cheaper one and ditch the 4200HDD all
together. For you application HDD speed
*is* essential. What you want is the Hitachi
7200 RPM HDD. Very cheap these days, and
you will find everything very snappy, and
no probs with your application/editing.

There is also very little hit on your battery
and perhaps a litter warmer operation. Some
have said they are a bit louder.

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In reply to: Rev it it up!

so you are saying ...take out the slower 4200 and replace it with the Hitachi 7200?

How do i know that the laptop could accomodate this HD, and operate correctly?
Wouldn't heat be an issue with the 7200?

Are there any laptops out there that run the hitachi 7200 HD?


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your best upgrade hands down!

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If your notebook uses industry standard
2.5inch drives (and most do) then you
should have no problems with the UPGRADE.
Heat is a non issue, UNLESS the engineers
place the HDD on top of the CPU which I
doubt is the case. They are just now getting
to the 7200 OEM drives, you can google for this

Install now, believe me later. You will see
close to 50% increase in application and startup
speed alone on this upgrade!

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80GB 5400 RPM vs. 60GB 7200 RPM

In reply to: your best upgrade hands down!

What would be the best choice between these two hard drives? Either the 80GB 5400 RPM or 60GB 7200 RPM.

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depends on what you need

In reply to: 80GB 5400 RPM vs. 60GB 7200 RPM

if you need storage, the 80gigs
if you need speed and performance, the 60gig

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re: Toshiba M40

In reply to: RPM hard disks...

I just got M40-YP30 (Canadian model) with 5400HD, but this is not what I'd like to comment on.
Be aware, that there is an annoying high-pitch noise coming out of this machine. I thought that it might be a battery issue. Well, it's not-I've exchanged it and 2nd. machine is making that noise as well. It's not very loud, but one can certainly notice it while working in a quiet environment. Another issue is the fan: ? speed is almost always on.
As I said, it?s the second machine I got.
I?m thinking about getting M60 with 17? screen, but it?s kind of cheaply built, also there is a misleading info on apparently M60 needs DDR2 RAM, not DDR1, as it?s stated in the spec. section. Anyway: good luck.

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