30 Min Poll - Post Opinions On Macbook Pro Hd

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by applemax, Feb 16, 2006.

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Which HD is better to have?

  1. 100GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

    70.0%
  2. 120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

    30.0%
  1. applemax macrumors 65816

    applemax

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    #1
    So, buying a pro in 1/2 hour. 2.16, 2gb ram, and HD. But which HD??? 100gb 7200 or 120gb 5400? I know there are many threads on this, but this is a poll. Quick and easy, just put your vote in.

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    PLESE ALSO POST A REPLY SAYING WHY YOU VOTED FOR THAT OPTION

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    Cheers

    When I say better, I mean, which is more useful and probaly more useful in the long run
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I've ordered the 120Gb. I am constantly close to running out of space on my current 80Gb drive. In 2 years or so I will probably be in the same situation even with 120Gb, let alone 100Gb!
     
  3. hikingnclimbing macrumors member

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    I'd be worried about the heat generated with 7200 RPM. You have to think about whether the additional speed is really that big a deal to you. For me, it wasn't, so I didn't spend more just for more speed. But having the extra GBs of space is nice.
     
  4. Hodapp macrumors 6502a

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    When I loaded up MacRumors this morning I was like, "I bet there's at least one 'WHICH HARD DRIVE SHOULD I BUY GUYZ HE;LP PLZ' thread."

    Thank you for making my dreams come true. :*

    Arn should just make a new forum, "5400 vs 7200 debate and discussion".
     
  5. TBi macrumors 68030

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    I'd go with the 120GB. More space, longer battery life and less heat.
     
  6. Malcster macrumors 6502

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    7200rpm for me, not worried about the minimal extra heat or slight battery drain.

    Main reason being im not going to upgrade it myself at any point, it is also the main bottleneck in a computer these days so want it be as un-bottlenecked as possible! (hmm not sure thats english but hey! :D )
     
  7. wPod macrumors 68000

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    7200 go for speed. . . if you need more space get an external drive. (though i am disapointed FW 800 is not on the new MacBook Pros)
     
  8. iGary Guest

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    More space every time - you'll want it later and the speed increase is debatable.
     
  9. godbout macrumors regular

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    I voted 7200 beacuse like others said you are getting this thing as pimped as possible for the speed. In a couple years if you need more you have two options, get the bigger faster internal drives then or get an external drive for files that you don't need as much on the go.
     
  10. majorp macrumors 6502

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    will you be able to upgrade the HD yourself (even though it might/will lose your warranty)? can you upgrade the powerbook one?
     
  11. Malcster macrumors 6502

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    Yup, powerbook hd can be upgraded, its not a very user friendly experience tho, another reason i suggest you get the best bit you can in there when they build it.
     
  12. asencif macrumors 6502

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    Speed

    I voted go for the 7200RPM Drive. Yes it has been debatable, but the 7200RPm is faster overall and depending on what you are doing, the read/write ability speed makes a difference especially if you are into video or high end graphics. If you are someone that will fill up 100GB pretty quick then you most likely will eat up 120GB quickly as well forcing you to buy and external HD anyway. So speed in this case. If it was let's say 100GB vs 160GB then I might consider the space more.
     
  13. Malcster macrumors 6502

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    I agree completely, if your serious about storage then 20 gigs is nothing. Your better off with a 7200 *inside* the machine where it affects performance and a decent external drive.
     
  14. kerpow macrumors 6502

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    I said 7200. 20gb is nothing, if you're worried about disk space you'll want to buy an external drive whether you have 100 or 120 onboard.
     
  15. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I went with speed, I could never fill a 100 GB HD, let alone 120, and the increased speed I could benefit from.
     
  16. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for all your help guys. So I have decided. Here's my order:

    2.16ghs
    2GB RAM
    and ... wait for it...




    100GB 7200RPM HD


    Unpacking video coming soon.:D
     
  17. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    ibm laptops

    the only thing I can comment on about the 7200 rmp drives that came in some of my T43 IBM thinkpads. Hey, don't stop reading just because I said thinkpad!

    Anyway, the speed of the drives is noticeable, but the vibration and heat. (the HD sits under the right palm rest) is ALSO noticeable. and, it makes more noise constantly than the regula 5400 rpm drive. I have since gone completly away from the 7200 versions.
     
  18. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Coming soon, yeah right, try April!! :p :D
     
  19. ebuc macrumors regular

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    5400

    5400 - 20 more gigabytes is definitely worth it, and I doubt the speed difference is that noticable.

    Additionally, wouldn't a slower hard drive conserve battery life?

    Personally, I'd like to see that Toshiba 160GB option (if its out yet).
     
  20. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    Is this the one that uses the perpendicular recording?
     
  21. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    120 Gbyte 5400 RPM
    I will inevitably need the space. I am looking forward to some 200+ Gbyte drives that use perpendicular recording.
     

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