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    5400 RPM drives, can it handle the heat?

    So, I am giving some thought to replacing the drive in my notebook (TravelStar 40GB) which is a pretty noisy drive and "only" 4200 RPM and replacing it with a Seagate 5400RPM drive. However, I was wondering if there would be any issues with heat as, I am assuming, the 5400RPM drive runs a bit hotter than the 4200RPM drive.
    Would the laptop be able to deal with the extra heat put out by a 5400RPM drive considering it was designed to house 4200RPM drives?
    On a side note, how much of a dent in battery life would a 5400RPM drive cause?

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    for the battery life you should not see a differce

    as for heat some of the 5400 rpm drivers runn cooler the the 4200 drives

    my 7200 drive runs cooler then my 5400 drive that i had in my 8100 or my sager
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    I've noticed something different. I switched from a 30GB 4200 RPM Travelstar to a 40GB 5400 RPM Travelstar and noticed a little drop in battery life. I also noticed more heat. Heat should not be a problem though.

    But gibbonsl is in no way incorrect. Different drives do have different thermal characteristics. I've heard crazy stuff about those 7200 RPM drives (such as less heat, very quiet, etc.).

    My drop in battery life might be due to the fact that +/- .2 Amps makes a big difference in battery life on a centrino system (or at least mine it does). The extra heat can be attributed with my HDD being directly under my palm rest with not much inbetween.
    I really should start posting again... and stop lurking...
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    i should have said not MUCH of a defference in battery life

    at most 10 minuts

    all depends on what you do on battery
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