this is a topic that i am trying to truly understand better because i need to purchase another laptop soon.
i, like many others are leaning towards the 160gb drive because of space, but i don't want to be waiting for files to open and save.
some of the posts in this thread say that we will see a difference with large files. i'm not sure what is considered a large file. for example, on a regular basis, i create and edit ms word documents that are 2 gb or larger because they are often 40 pages and have 20-40 screen shots. is that considered a large file?
does the effect the speed at which software opens? the software that i use frequently includes visual studio pro, crystal reports, ms project, dreamweaver, adobe acrobat and photoshop elements
in frequently use quarkxpress, adobe premiere elements and dvd workshop 2- for video editing.
i was also under the impression that sata drives were faster then IDE drives. is that really true?
is the response time of a 160gb 5400 rpm SATA drive faster than a 60 gb 7200 rpm IDE drive?
i ask because i have a 60 gb 7200 rpm IDE drive in my current laptop and i don't find it particularly fast. it can take 10-15 seconds to save many of my ms word documents and it also slow sometimes when saving visual studio projects, not un bearable, just noticeable, if that makes sense.