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Windows 7: Laptop HD Question

24 Nov 2012   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Laptop HD Question

I have been shopping for a laptop the last two weeks. I have looked at a lot of them. Even the expensive ones only have a 5400 rpm HD. Why don't laptops come with a faster HD?


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25 Nov 2012   #2
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
I have been shopping for a laptop the last two weeks. I have looked at a lot of them. Even the expensive ones only have a 5400 rpm HD. Why don't laptops come with a faster HD?
If you look around, there is 7200RPM and SSD upgrades available on certain laptops. Mostly they are through the manufacturer's websites though that way, but I do know Sam's Club right now has a few 7200 RPM laptops available.
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25 Nov 2012   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
I have been shopping for a laptop the last two weeks. I have looked at a lot of them. Even the expensive ones only have a 5400 rpm HD. Why don't laptops come with a faster HD?
If you look around, there is 7200RPM and SSD upgrades available on certain laptops. Mostly they are through the manufacturer's websites though that way, but I do know Sam's Club right now has a few 7200 RPM laptops available.
Yep thats right mate if the warranty lets you I personally would stick in the SSD and keep the old drive in an enclosure for an external device.

Win win cs the external doesn't have to be that fast eh?
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25 Nov 2012   #4
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

If possible, I would recommend getting a laptop that allows two drives, use the SSD for windows, and the ATA drive for programs and games.
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25 Nov 2012   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
If possible, I would recommend getting a laptop that allows two drives, use the SSD for windows, and the ATA drive for programs and games.
Yep mate that is just what I would do as my post above

Actually I think you will find a fair few of the Toshiba's although I don't like them have that ability.
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26 Nov 2012   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Adding two drives will have an impact in battery life, and also force you to have a larger laptop.

That being said, the 5400 drives are common for laptops for two reasons, less heat and less power draw than a 7200 rpm. The trade off is, the performance dips a little, but not much. However, with an SSD, you have a low power draw, no additional heat, and performance that no spinner drive can touch.
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26 Nov 2012   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Adding two drives will have an impact in battery life, and also force you to have a larger laptop.

That being said, the 5400 drives are common for laptops for two reasons, less heat and less power draw than a 7200 rpm. The trade off is, the performance dips a little, but not much. However, with an SSD, you have a low power draw, no additional heat, and performance that no spinner drive can touch.
True Deacon I suppose the power settings could lowered a tad though but like you said the SSD is going to knock seven bales of err something off the HDD's.


I still think it would be better just jamming in an SSD and keeping the original for data (external). Though thinking about it would there be enough power from a USB connection to drive the original HDD? Suppose there must be unless the prebuilt externals have a low power HDD in them?
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27 Nov 2012   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Most laptops should be able to power a drive through the USB port to be external. I bought a Vantec carriage that's USB and eSATA to put the 500 GB drive in that came with my Envy Ultrabook. I put a 240 GB SSD in as the internal drive, so for everyday usage, I'm getting the benefits of an SSD.
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