Friday, January 14, 2005 1:49 PM bart

Finally 7200 RPM on laptop

Yesterday, my 7200 RPM harddisk (Hitachi TravelStar 60 GB) arrived for my laptop. A welcome relief. Performance is far better than with the old harddisk, and it was the ideal occasion for me to have a reinstall of my OS. Beside of that, by moving from 40 GB to 60 GB I can finally have two partitions on my system again (and I still have another harddisk for demos). The problem (if it should be called a problem after all) is that for a 'standard installation' I require over 30 GB (Windows Server 2003 OS, Visual Studio 6, Visual Studio .NET 2003, Office tools, SQL Server 2000, some betas including Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005, Express Tools, etc etc). The secondary partition is likely to become a Windows XP Professional or Windows Longhorn installation.

A tip when you're running Windows Server 2003 on a laptop is to disable the Indexing service to save harddisk load. On Windows XP it seems that this service is disabled by default, whileas (after adding the appropriate server roles) on Windows Server 2003 it is enabled. As I posted before, SP1 RC1 for Windows Server 2003 is a great innovation as well (I can finally use WPA on my laptop to connect to my WLAN). Unfortunately, BlueTooth support is still not present (as far as I'm aware of) which would be the only reason for my to have Windows XP on the system as well (demos with PocketPC development).

A couple of days ago I started playing with the Windows XP Embedded platform builder etc and Windows CE 5.0 development (only experiments right now) to create a stripped-down OS for Windows Media, internet gateways and thin client support. If you want to start playing around with these technologies I recommend to check out Mike Hall's demos on http://msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/getstart/basics/default.aspx. To get the software, browse to http://www.windowsembeddedkit.com where you can grab the latest versions of the Windows Embedded technologies.

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# re: Finally 7200 RPM on laptop

Saturday, February 26, 2005 3:09 PM by bart

It drives me crazy that most manufacturers and so called REVIEWERS are not currently listing the rpm speed of the hard drive.

I'm looking for a 7200 rpm hard drive stock in a 15.4" notebook.

Almost impossibleto find!

# re: Finally 7200 RPM on laptop

Saturday, February 26, 2005 3:16 PM by bart

Nowadays, Dell does a pretty good job to list the harddisk speeds on the configuration web pages (see www.dell.com). On the Latitude series for example, the 60 GB disks come in a 7200 RPM version.

# re: Finally 7200 RPM on laptop

Wednesday, March 09, 2005 5:28 AM by bart

yeah, same here. its probably because faster hard drives drain the battery quicker. but still, i want a 7200, or even 10000 rpm

# re: Finally 7200 RPM on laptop

Monday, March 28, 2005 1:58 AM by bart

have you had problems with heat??
just wondering before i add one of those suckers to my presario 2100
also adding 512 ram so it should run a bit faster
preformance is my bigest problem with laptops ..also its almost a paper weight in 5 years but hey enjoy it while it lasts

# re: Finally 7200 RPM on laptop

Monday, March 28, 2005 2:06 AM by bart

Well, actually the heat problem was not that big as I expected it to be. Okay, the surface where the harddisk is located is a bit hotter, but I had no other problems.