5400rpm or 7200rpm for iBook

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  1. maccam macrumors 6502a

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    5400rpm or 7200rpm for ibook g4 which one do you think would better?
     
  2. Jimmieboy macrumors 6502

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    The 7200rpm is going to be faster when accessing applcations or data on your harddrive, but will consume more power than the 5400rpm harddrive.
     
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  4. dduchene macrumors newbie

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    5400 at a bigger size for the same money.
    OK let the flames begin
    7200 RPM is around 5% faster most of the time for the same size drive in everthing but writes. When it comes to writes when I was comparing 60 gig Laptop drives while back the inprovement was 15%.
    This is comparing same size drives. In the case of laptops we can almost always get a bigger drive by going with the 5400. When density is increased so is proformance (smaller dots closer together get there faster just like spinning the drive faster)
    The fast drive means more heat, less battery life and very little real world proformace when compared to a larger 5400 rpm drive.

    In the end I have used both the 60gig 7200 and the 100 gig 5400 in my 17 inch 1 gig power book and the real world proformance for the 7200 was just not there but the heat and noise for the faster drive was.

    SO if anyone cares that is my 2 cents worth based on research and having tried it both ways
    Denis
     
  5. maccam thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well i'm looking at a 100GB 7200rpm HD or a 160GB 5400rpm HD
    i will have roughly 80GB on it, so which one. :confused:
     
  6. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    With that data in mind, definintely the 160GB drive.
     
  7. lamina macrumors 68000

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    No-brainer. The 160GB is the answer. I have a 5400RPM 120GB hdd in my PB and my friend has the 100GB 7200 and I see no difference.
     
  8. dduchene macrumors newbie

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    5400 at a bigger size for the same money.
    OK let the flames begin
    7200 RPM is around 5% faster most of the time for the same size drive in everthing but writes. When it comes to writes when I was comparing 60 gig Laptop drives while back the inprovement was 15%.
    This is comparing same size drives. In the case of laptops we can almost always get a bigger drive by going with the 5400. When density is increased so is proformance (smaller dots closer together get there faster just like spinning the drive faster)
    The fast drive means more heat, less battery life and very little real world proformace when compared to a larger 5400 rpm drive.

    In the end I have used both the 60gig 7200 and the 100 gig 5400 in my 17 inch 1 gig power book and the real world proformance for the 7200 was just not there but the heat and noise for the faster drive was.

    SO if anyone cares that is my 2 cents worth based on research and having tried it both ways
    Denis
     
  9. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    actually tested both in an ibook, and the speeds were very close from the every day use point of view, but the battery life was much bettery with the 5400rpm drive.

    i vote 5400, and have one in my ibook! :) best of luck with the upgrade.
     
  10. maccam thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i'm not doing the upgrade :p
    i'll send it here :) http://www.macservice.com/drives.cfm

    i'm going with the 160GB 5400rpm HD
    i'll send my ibook in (june 8) just before leopard comes out (june 15) :p :)
     

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