Originally Posted by yghs345
how much difference in performance do you really see with a 5400 RPM HD over a 4200? What does it affect? Does it make games run any smoother or faster or is it strictly start up of progams and accessing files?
Accessing of files and initial loading times are significantly affected by the HHD speed. After that if you have enough memory and you don't have to access the page table, your programs will run smoothly.
If you have to use the page table (virtual memory) you will hear your hard drive churning away while your wondering why your computer is studdering to refresh the screen.
Aside from games, just regular moving and transfering files, multasking, and to some extent burning stuff to cd/dvd are affected by the HHD speed.
5400 RPM to 4200 RPM is a large jump in performance. 7200 RPM to 5400 RPm isn't as large but still is an improvement.
4200 RPM drives are used in low-end budget laptops or minibooks that try to eek out every last volt from the battery. They should not be in a high end notebook which is what the Ferrari is suppose to be.
Having a 4200 RPM drive is bad enough but voiding your warrenty to replace it is a major deal breaker. Replacing a HDD is one of the easiest upgrades a person can to to a computer.