Ok I just got a reply from someone about the 7200 rpm hard drive. It isn't great news, but it looks like they see it as a serious issue.
Thank you for contacting HP e-Support and services. We appreciate the
opportunity to assist you.
Based on the query, I can understand that you would like to purchase a
ZD7000 series Notebook with hard drive of 7200 rpm.
My name is Mike, and I will be working with you on this issue.
Please be informed that HP currently tests the following capacities of
hard drives on ZD7000 series of Notebooks.
§40GB, 4200 rpm
§60GB, 4200 rpm
§80GB, 4200 rpm
§60GB, 5400 rpm
§80GB, 5400 rpm
The e-mail has reached the HP Pavilion Notebook Technical support for
North America. However, you can check the availability of the hard drive
with 7200 rpm from the following sources.
We have forwarded your suggestions to the concerned department. I want
to make sure this information helps and I request that you please reply
with the information if the issue is not solved, or if I can help
further. If I am not available, one of my co-workers may step in to help
so that you receive the fastest response possible.
Once again I thank you for choosing HP e-Support support. Assuring you
of our best service at all times.
So well see what happens.