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should i upgrade my hard drive?


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hi, i just bought a sony fe21m, im very happy with it. im gonna upgrade the ram to 2g soon. however i was thinking if i should also upgrade the hd?

im really not sure if this would be money well spent. the hd is a great 160g but is 4200rpm. ive been looking around and i can only find other 160g hd that run @ 5400rpm.

am i gonna see a great deal on overall performance if i upgrade to a 5400 hd?

i dont want to sacrafice the 160g, so i would really like to go for a 7200rpm in a 160g capacity if there is such a thing?

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You'll have a hard time finding a 160Go 7200... the french reseller offer 100Gb 7200 and 160Gb 5400.

If I were you I would use whatever fits the bill money and performance wise and use the current 160Gb HDD in a 2"5 usb povered enclosure. So you'll have a huge storage space + performance.

I would go with the Samsung 120Gb 5400 which is both inexpensive (99?), relatively good performer and silent.

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There are no 7200 RPM 160 GB 2.5 inch HDDs yet. (soon maybe)

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You'll have a hard time finding a 160Go 7200... the french reseller offer 100Gb 7200 and 160Gb 5400.

If I were you I would use whatever fits the bill money and performance wise and use the current 160Gb HDD in a 2"5 usb povered enclosure. So you'll have a huge storage space + performance.

I would go with the Samsung 120Gb 5400 which is both inexpensive (99?), relatively good performer and silent.

so are you saying that i should get an external hd? i noticed you mentioned usb thats why i ask this.

also would i really see a major perfomance boost using a 5400 compared to a 4200 drive??

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Yes I meant that an external USB enclosure will allow you to have an extra storage... even if it's not hosted inside the laptop. Since you have a 160Gb it means you'll be able to quickly "share" stuff with your friends.

Look for 5400 HDDs that use the perpendicular technology... the density of these HDDs allows to get great thruputs. The 7200 rpm only beat them on access time.

Since the hard drive is not the main bottleneck you won't see a lot of improvement in games load times...

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