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So how much would each affect the battery life of a laptop? My laptop has a 5400RPM HDD right now and I know that the 7200 will provide much better performance but I don't want my laptop to have no battery life or anything like that.

I have an Acer Aspire 8730 if that helps you answer.
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post #2 of 13
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So how much would each affect the battery life of a laptop? My laptop has a 5400RPM HDD right now and I know that the 7200 will provide much better performance but I don't want my laptop to have no battery life or anything like that.

I have an Acer Aspire 8730 if that helps you answer.
It shouldn't affect your battery life, if anything I would think a 7200 RPM would be more efficient, as it can access files faster and doesn't have to search as long. I could be wrong, but I don't think you will notice a decrease in battery life.
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alright, I may pick one up the next time I get the chance then. What about heat though? The thought just occurred to me.
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one major thing i noticed when i swapped my 5400rpm 160GB with a 7200rpm 500GB is heat......the side of my laptop is always warm......and this is in winter.....might have issues in summer
    
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by hfcobra View Post
alright, I may pick one up the next time I get the chance then. What about heat though? The thought just occurred to me.
I'm really not an expert when it comes to laptops but I really don't think it would cause any more heat than your current drive. Upgrading HD's is one of the most basic upgrades you can do to your laptop.

Have you considered an SSD at all? Depending on your uses, and how much storage you actually NEED, could be a better option if you want speed.
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post #6 of 13
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eh, my 320GB is almost full and the only reason I am thinking about upgrading is for more space to a WD Scorpion Black 500GB since they aren't too much money. I have not decided whether or not to jump yet though.

The one that came with the laptop is a WD Scorpion Blue 5400RPM 320GB HDD.
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post #7 of 13
Your laptop wont be that much hotter with a higher rpm HDD..
And it wont put a big dent in your battery life either.

No doubt about it get the 7200 rpm

The only real change in heat/battery performance, is if you went with an ssd, and then it would be a dramatic change in both. (obviously a lot cooler, and a lot better battery)
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WD Black drives are awesome, too. I'd go with it.
    
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post #9 of 13
I've read reviews on newegg of people upgrading to 7200rpm drives (I was going to upgrade), and they said it ran warmer... its something to consider, but it seemed like a lot of people had positive reviews. Read them, they're very useful!
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post #10 of 13
I've got a 500gb 7200rpm drive in my 14" HP laptop, battery life is still great. But it came with that so I have nothing to compare it to. Its not that hot to me
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