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siawash 11-02-2007 10:33 PM

How to detect my hdd rpm
Hi, I just ordered a new hard drive to clean instal Slackware onto. The drive was meant to be a 7200 rpm 320 gig drive. While capacity is clearly indicated on the label, I cannot see anything about the speed. The receipt does not mention it either.

So my question is wether there is any other way to find out. My BIOS does not show it. In windows device manager does not indicate anything about the speed.

Is there anyway without going back to the shop to know verify the speed of the hard drive?

Similarly I pruchesed two 256 memory modules. I notice one is Kingston the other is Infineon, which I have't heard of. Both are listed as modules compatible with Dell PowerEdge PC-133. They are to go in a Dell Inspiron P III 800 MHz.

I wont be able to install the modules for a few days. I just want to know if the fact that the modules different make but possibly same spec make any difference...

MS3FGX 11-03-2007 03:15 AM

Beyond the noise they make, I don't believe there is any way to tell the speed of the drive using normal system tools (there may be some manufacturer specific software that can poll that information, but it is almost certainly going to be for Windows anyway). The best you can do is find the exact model number (using hdparm) and Google it. Somewhere there has to be complete documentation for that model drive.

As for the memory, there are many types and speeds available. You need to figure out first the type (and pin count) of modules your motherboard uses, and then find out the maximum speed supported by the board. These are things you really should have found out before actually buying something. Even if both machines uses the same type of memory and it is in the same pin package, the speeds will probably not going to be right.

Simon Bridge 11-03-2007 03:19 AM


The drive was meant to be a 7200 rpm 320 gig drive.
Who says?

Is there anyway without going back to the shop to know verify the speed of the hard drive?
You can look on the web for the drive specs. Or you can open the drive and count the revs yourself.

RAM: it don't matter who makes 'em.

siawash 11-03-2007 09:31 AM

Would you be kind enough to show me a link on the web I can check the spec of this hard drive. The hard drive is a Hitachi 320 gig and had ordered a Seagate 320 gig. Both are meant to be 7200 rmp. I know from past hard drives usually have to speed on the case, but not this one.

Regarding the ram, it was the same the vendor had to makes and Kinsgston was slightly more expensive. I got one module which is clearly not Kingston. I read somewhere on this forum that some linux distributions such as slackware don't like ram modules of different makes.

I don't want to open the goods for voiding warranty reasons.

siawash 11-03-2007 10:03 AM

Hi, don't trouble yourself with that link. I found the hard drive spec on the hitachigst. It is in fact, 7200 with 8 mb cache.

Thanks anyway.

Simon Bridge 11-04-2007 04:36 AM

Well done! You just avoided a UTFW - a polite one but just the same...

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