Should I get a 500GB 7200 RPM or a 1TB 5400 RPM + 32 GB SSD hard drive?

Should I get a 500GB 7200 RPM or a 1TB 5400 RPM + 32 GB SSD hard drive?

I'm looking to get a Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Laptop but I'm not sure which hard drive option to get. What are the pros and cons of each one? Will it be easier to upgrade to a better hard drive in the future with either one? I'm mostly going to use it for light gaming, programming and media (music, movies).

Is there really a big difference in between 7200 and 5400 RPM hard drives? Is it significant?


Yes, they are separate drives.

The thing is that if you get the 500 GB 7200 RPM model, you cannot put in a hard drive (whether SSD or HHD) into the slot that is inside the computer, the BIOS and Lenovo don't allow it. My reasoning is to get the one with the 1TB and 32GB SSD and later on simply change both, because I think if Lenovo has it installed you can change it later.

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  • 8 years ago
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    First, if you are looking to buy the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580, you need to make sure that the model you are buying comes with the 1920x1080 display and not the 1366x768 display. You generally should not buy any of the models of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 that come with the 1366x768 display.

    1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to be low-grade display panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast. You should make a point to avoid displays like this when it is reasonable to do so, unless you require the larger text for eyesight-related reasons.

    The 1920x1080 display that comes with the Y580 is great, with high contrast, slightly wider viewing angles, and in that it allows you to fit a lot onscreen. But the reason you need to be looking to get a model that comes with the 1920x1080 display isn't just because of how good the 1920x1080 display is, it's also because of how bad the 1366x768 display is.


    To answer your questions:

    - You can upgrade the hard drive in the future, but it is likely to be expensive to do so.

    - You can get a 32GB SSD in the future too. It should cost $50 or less to get the mSATA SSD, then you can install it. If you want to use it as hybrid cache like Lenovo uses it, then there are probably some tutorials online for how to do that.

    - Also keep in mind that, ignoring the boost from SSD cache, 5400RPM doesn't automatically mean a slower drive if the drive is higher capacity. Higher capacity drives have higher data density, so more data can be read in one revolution. But to determine which drive is faster (again, SSD cache aside), I would either need benchmarks or I would need technical information about the data layout on the spinning disks.


    Anyway, Y580 guide:

    **Lenovo IdeaPad Y580** (i7-3610QM, NVIDIA GTX 660M, 15.6" 1920x1080 glossy display) - **$919 + tax**

    - Sign up and sign in here: (Barnes and Noble Gold discount page)

    - (500GB 7200RPM) - $919 + tax

    - (1TB 5400RPM + 32GB SSD) - $1011 + tax

    - Click the green "Activate eCoupon" button in the cart.

    - These models come with the 1920x1080 display. There are other models that come instead with a 1366x768 display, but those models are not recommended unless you need the larger text. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast.

    - Note: the NVIDIA GTX 660M is not significantly faster than a NVIDIA GT 650M.


    Source(s): Having helped over 4000 people make laptop purchase related decisions on on on, and here on Yahoo Answers.
  • 8 years ago

    Go with the hybrid drive (SSD + HDD). SSD caching can significantly improve disk performance because SSDs are much much faster than regular HDDs. With a SSD + HDD combination, files that are most frequently accessed are stored in the SSD (i.e OS files and frequently accessed application files). Since 32GB is a pretty decent amount , most of your (if not all) frequently accessed files will be on the SSD, it would be almost as you'd be running completely on a SSD.

    EDIT: Are you talking about a hybrid drive or two separate drives ? If you are talking about two separate drives then a 32GB SSD may not be enough. get at least 64GB or 120GB.

  • 4 years ago

    500gb 7200rpm

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