September 8, 2006 - 10:27 am - Posted by iDunzo
Yesterday I purchased a Hitachi Travelstar 7200 RPM 100 GB laptop hard drive model number hts721010g9at00 to see if there is really a difference in performance going from 5400 RPM’s to 7200 RPM’s and I figured a real world review would be good for my technology readers like myself.
First off, I imaged my regular hard drive content over to it using a very cool program called Acronis True Image. If you need a good hard drive imaging program, Acronis is for you. They even have a 15 day free trial version but this program is worth the $79.00 USD. It’s now a valuable part of my work tool box.
So far I’ve noticed my machine boots up much faster and when installing programs or copying files, it’s a lot faster. I haven’t noticed any heat increase, which is nice and was a concern for me. Computers, especially laptops don’t like heat.
I don’t like the idea of giving up an additional 20 GB of hard drive space but going from 5200 RPM’s to 7200 RPM’s the speed increase might be worth it.
One other thing to note about this drive is its really quiet, not that my Western Digital 120 GB Scorpio was loud but this drive is REALLY quiet.
Over the upcoming weekend I will put this drive through some additional testing to see how it holds up and will report back probably on Monday unless something really exciting happens with the drive.