Thanks for the extra feedback. I haven't actually bought the thing yet.
@J-Mac : I actually suspect that I'll see a difference with the new Seagate. I've read that because of perpendicular recording newer 5400rpm hard drives were almost as fast as older 7200rpm hard drives, but now the "newer" 7200 generation does really make a difference.
All I can say is that the bottleneck in my current laptop configuration really seems to be the hard drive speed... and the USB port. So I'm expecting to see faster indexing performances (X1, Archivarius -- by the way, guys, there's a new version... --, locate32), faster backup, faster resuming from hibernation, faster saves for huge documents (25 mb +), faster searches (FARR, and any other "real time" searches), etc. But I'll see... I'll keep you posted.
@Stephen47 : The price is not bad at all, and with Canadian currency being super high... it amounts to a grand total of 177.025 Canadian Dollar with shipping (shipping is the killer : 30 $). Still not bad though. I can have $179.00 for it nearby, but that doesn't include taxes. Whe I order stuff, the tax thing seems a bit aleatory : I never know when they're going to charge something. With eBay they usually don't.
And I wonder if ordering a hard drive is risky business... Fragilitywise.
Darwin : do you often order (fragile) stuff through stores like that in the US? And what about taxes ?