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Postby HiddenIdentity » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:12 pm

My Laptop hard drive has been acting up for a bit and it finally crapped out. I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 and I was wondering if this replacement would be any good?

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Postby slomo007 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:18 pm

Personally, I would pay the extra $ and go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822146020

You will notice a huge difference between 7200 RPM and 4200.

At the least I would get 5400 RPM as 4200 is awfully slow.



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Postby bronxxbomber » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:37 pm

yeah, it's usually better to go with bigger companies because they're easier to track down if anything goes wrong with your purchase.
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Postby HiddenIdentity » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:42 pm

slomo007 wrote:Personally, I would pay the extra $ and go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822146020

You will notice a huge difference between 7200 RPM and 4200.

At the least I would get 5400 RPM as 4200 is awfully slow.



Plus, I trust Hitachi much more than Apricorn (never heard of them). :-?


Thanks. I've never bought a hard drive before, so I didn't know much about RPM. But I'll go with the faster one now. ;-D
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:43 pm

Use newegg and read their reviews by customers ;-D
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Postby slomo007 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:46 pm

HiddenIdentity wrote:
slomo007 wrote:Personally, I would pay the extra $ and go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822146020

You will notice a huge difference between 7200 RPM and 4200.

At the least I would get 5400 RPM as 4200 is awfully slow.



Plus, I trust Hitachi much more than Apricorn (never heard of them). :-?


Thanks. I've never bought a hard drive before, so I didn't know much about RPM. But I'll go with the faster one now. ;-D


You won't notice a night/day difference between 5400/7200 but I think you will notice a big difference between 4200/7200. A very cheap way to make your computer faster.

I had a laptop HD go out a couple years ago and managed to find a very good deal on a Seagate HD off of eBay.
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Postby Coppermine » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:07 pm

Personally, i feel that the difference between 7200 rpm hard drive and the 4200 and 5400 rpm drives are noticeable enough to seriously consider the 7200. The 5400 is a cheaper alternative, but I would heed everyone elses advice here and avoid the 4200.
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Postby slomo007 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:23 pm

Coppermine wrote:Personally, i feel that the difference between 7200 rpm hard drive and the 4200 and 5400 rpm drives are noticeable enough to seriously consider the 7200. The 5400 is a cheaper alternative, but I would heed everyone elses advice here and avoid the 4200.


I agree personally. It really depends on what you will be doing. Because it's only a $20-30 difference, AND the 7200 is a better brand - I wouldn't hesitate to spend the extra $$$. But, if money is tight then look for a cheaper 5400, IMO.
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:17 pm

slomo007 wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Personally, i feel that the difference between 7200 rpm hard drive and the 4200 and 5400 rpm drives are noticeable enough to seriously consider the 7200. The 5400 is a cheaper alternative, but I would heed everyone elses advice here and avoid the 4200.


I agree personally. It really depends on what you will be doing. Because it's only a $20-30 difference, AND the 7200 is a better brand - I wouldn't hesitate to spend the extra $$$. But, if money is tight then look for a cheaper 5400, IMO.


Can you boot from an external harddrive with a laptop cause those are cheap and lots bigger....ALthough I guess they overheat sometimes
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Postby slomo007 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:22 pm

acsguitar wrote:
slomo007 wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Personally, i feel that the difference between 7200 rpm hard drive and the 4200 and 5400 rpm drives are noticeable enough to seriously consider the 7200. The 5400 is a cheaper alternative, but I would heed everyone elses advice here and avoid the 4200.


I agree personally. It really depends on what you will be doing. Because it's only a $20-30 difference, AND the 7200 is a better brand - I wouldn't hesitate to spend the extra $$$. But, if money is tight then look for a cheaper 5400, IMO.


Can you boot from an external harddrive with a laptop cause those are cheap and lots bigger....ALthough I guess they overheat sometimes


I don't know for sure, but I've never seen a bootable USB device. I could be wrong, however.
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