How fast is my hard drive (rpm)?

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Puritan

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Does anyone know a utility that can tell me how fast my hard drive is?
 

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Yeah, it's 6.4 computer dealer's gigabytes (which puts it at 5.99 real 2^30 gigabytes)... maybe Quantum something? It came with my Gateway desktop, PII-266, that I bought four years ago.

Basically, I am just thinking of buying a new laptop, and I was looking at the hard drives that came with it, and I was wondering what my current hard drive's speed was so I could compare. (The above link didn't help, by the way, it was just an information page as far as I could tell...)
 

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Chances are you have a 5400 spin....it could be 7200, but 4 years ago, more than likely 5400.....if you take a look at the model number on the top, you can enter it into the hard drive manufacturer's website and get the specs.....

Most laptops I've seen recently come with either 4200 or 5400 spins.
 

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Would 4200 rpm just be intolerably slow, thrashing all over the place? The computer I'm looking at comes with a 30 GB 4200 rpm or a 48 GB 5400 rpm drive, but the latter is $200 more expensive or so (no $30 GB 4200 rpm unfortunately).
 

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No, it's not that bad. Not having enough free drive space or enough RAM would cause significant thrashing. The difference in speed is definitely not worth $200.
 

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Well, it's not just speed, it's speed and a 60% increase in size for $200 more. Is that a good deal, do you think, or not?
 

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I'd say if you have the extra cash, and you plan on keeping it for a long time (if you don't change computers for the latest and greatest) then I'd say go for the 5400 and the larger drive.

I would give more thought to the brand of laptop that you are looking at........not all companies are created equal.

Just my two centavos. :)
 

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I'm probably going way off-topic here, but... I was thinking of getting a Dell Inspiron 8100. Everything I've read about it has given it good reviews, and Dell is a reliable company in general... does anyone have any thoughts on whether I should get it or if there's a better equivalent around?
 

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You've got my vote on that one....looking at the 8100 myself right now.....

Great computer, great company! :)
 
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