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Test Setup And MobileMark 2007 Results

Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive: Does It Make Sense?
NotebookDell Latitude D630
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T9500 (45nm; 2,600 MHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
RAMCorsair ValueRAM 2 x 2048MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
Hitachi Travelstar 7K200
7,200 RPM, 160GB, 16MB Cache
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500
7,200 RPM, 500GB, 16MB Cache
8x DVD+/-RW
Intel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n) mini Card
14.1" WideScreen WXGA+ LCD (1400x900)
Graphics CardIntel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound CardIntegrated
Power Supply9-Cell/85 WHr Primary Battery
System Software and Drivers
Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
Updated on November 9 2009
Graphics DriversVersion
Storage DriversIMSM 8.​9.​0.​1023
Benchmarks and Settings
MobileMark 2007Version 1.06
SYSMark Preview 2007Version 1.06

First, we ran MobileMark on the system running each of the hard drives. Although the power ratings of the new Travelstar 7K500 drive aren’t significantly lower, there was a benefit in battery runtime, even though the benefit of four minutes in a total runtime of more than six hours is tiny.

MobileMark does not reveal performance benefits for the new drive.

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    goozaymunanos , 31 January 2010 23:17
    stick an SSD in there, whadda you NUTS?!
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    goozaymunanos , 31 January 2010 23:22
    less weight, less noise, less heat, less power draw (uh-huh!), 10 times the shock resistance, double the read bandwidth of normal HD's..

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    Anonymous , 3 February 2010 01:04
    You forgot 10 times the price. I hope they manage to perfect racetrack memory soon, if you'll excuse the cliche that would give us the best of both worlds.
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    ik242 , 4 February 2010 04:51
    certainly numbers speak for the new drive but i wonder if the recorded performance improvements could be (at least in part) due to better organization of files (not fragmented and possible some redundant junk not included). i would not mind to see same setup restored back onto original hdd (maybe after format).
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    MrToady , 6 February 2010 20:24
    What about us guys out there with old 2.5" IDE laptop drives? Is it worth splashing out on a new drive and more RAM for Windows 7? We can,t all afford SSD,s. It would be pointless anyway with an IDE interface, right?
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    njoy , 9 February 2010 03:25
    I'd be a lot more interested to see an article about benefits of stepping up from 5400rpm to 7200 rather than this. Seriously, who in their right mind would want to spend money on a similar (read "same") drive for such little gains? On the flip side, I'm sure there are many people with 320 and 500GB 5400rpm drives who would like to know exactly what the benefits are and whether it worth the money or not...