March 3rd, 2014

small shadowed

How much faster are 7200rpm drives than 5400 ones? Really?

No, honestly, I do have a real reason for asking.

As per my previous post, I have just upgraded my big laptop from 2 x 250GB drives to 120GB SSD + 1TB HD. This, clearly, leaves me with 2 spare drives. One I've put in a Firewire case I had - it's a gift for a friend - but the other is going begging, as it were.

Now, I planned to put it in my small ultraportable - a Thinkpad X200s which has a 160GB drive. However, I now discover that it's a 7200rpm drive.

So the question is, will I be able to notice the performance degradation? I have little experience with such things - is it dramatic or marginal? It's a fairly fast laptop (C2D, 4GB RAM) so it doesn't struggle...