We recently got a new laptop in the lab because our Athlon 64 3200 (single core) HP laptop was getting long in the tooth and we decided to go with a dual core laptop from Toshiba. We decided to go with a low to mid-range system because it's primary use is writing reviews and the opportunity to upgrade presents itself to us a lot more often than the ordinary end user. When we got the new Toshiba with the Core 2 Duo T5800 2 GHz CPU and 4 GB of ram with a copy of Vista 64 we thought it was running a little slow for the specifications.
We did some checking and it turns out they shipped the laptop with a 1.5 GB/s Sata 1 5200 RPM drive. The system itself wasn't dragging but the hard drive was starving it with a slow data transfer rate. So when Seagate contacted us about testing the Momentus 7200 RPM 500 GB drive it was a match made in heaven. It gives us a chance to rip the offending drive out of the Toshiba and run a drive worthy of a Bjorn3D laptop. We won't take a hammer to the 5200 RPM drive, but we will stick it in a USB external enclosure and let it live out it's life in an environment befitting it's pathetic speed. After experiencing the Seagate Momentus we feel fully justified in calling the old drive pathetic. Stick around and see how bad the pathetic 5200 RPM drive got it's butt kicked.
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