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Old 11-07-2005, 07:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 5400rpm hdd vs. 7200rpm hdd in a laptop

I have a Dell 700m laptop. It has 1gb RAM, Pentium M 1.7Ghz processor, and a 60gb hdd (5400rpm). My average battery life is right at 5hrs. I am looking into replacing the hdd for a faster one (7200rpm). My question is, will getting a faster hdd greatly reduce battery life? Is it worth the performance gain? Thanks for your input.

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Old 11-07-2005, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends. It will increase performance but I'm not sure about the battery. If they made the HD more power efficient, it may not have that bad of an effect.

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Old 11-07-2005, 09:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i would assume it would Increase battery drain and heat.

could always carry around a GI type strap (like rambo uses for clips/ammo) and modify it to carry laptop batteries.. Ultimate nerdom! LOL..
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