When 7200 RPM desktop drives were introduced mainstream Apple still put 5400 RPM in as default for a couple of years to save probably $10 or $20 each machine. I never have understood it. From what I have read they have a wide profit margin on hardware anyway.
I've seen quite a bit of $5 here and there over the years. Who are we to question the almighty Steve though, he's the one with all of our money.
Yes, I got the speed message. Maybe the drive would be OK after a reformat, but I don't trust it. I'll never use it again. But I'm up and running on an external drive, with no data loss. (Time Capsule saved most, and some assorted other stuff I was able to copy manually: the drive may not boot, but it does seem to function if you boot from another drive.)
Thanks for the eBay link. That seems to be a different drive (my Air came with is a Samsung HS082HB) but either way they can be had on eBay. eBay scares me though--I'm not experienced enough to protect myself, and I know in the end you really can't know what you're getting. (I don't want a discarded drive that already failed, claimed as "new" for instance.)
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