I recently got a W500 with only 160 GB HDD and I want to replace it by a new drive of 1TB (or at least 500 GB)
What I have now is 7200 RPM, I guess it's SATA I
I'm not very used to purchase hard drives but I guess the most usual drives are now SATA III 5400 rpm, right?
Is the W500 going to take advantage of the SATA III?
Will I feel it slower because the 5400 rpm instead of 7200 rpm?
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you want a 7200 RPM drive.. obviously, it is faster..
AND an SSD is lightning fast.. but more costly..
OH! please correct your location to your city pr town in basque country, ES..
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I don't wanna invest too much money in this laptop so in principle I think I won't purchase a SSD
7200 RPM is your recommendation. Question is: does it need to be a Sata ii or would it also manage a Sata III?
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You need to look at platter density for throughput.
7200rpm drives run more noisy though.
And for OS; get an SSD.
SATA II or SATA III with HDDs doesn't make a difference. Only the cache will exceed the SATA II limit. SATA is forward and backward compatible; it will just work at the slowest of both.
For SSD's there is not so much noticeable difference either, as the gain comes from reduced access time, not increased throughput.
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