MacBook - Experiences updating hard drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ekim., Sep 14, 2006.

  1. ekim. macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    Long time lurker; first time poster. I'm planning on buying a MacBook in the near future and I was hoping to get some experiences and opinions on using a non-apple provided hard drive spinning at 7200 rpm.

    I realize that in addition to performance gains, I should be expecting more heat to be generated (safe assumption?). Does anyone have any information regarding decrease in battery life, excessive heat, etc related to a faster HD in a MacBook?

    Although I want a better performing machine, I don't want to sacrifice TOO much for it. ;)

    Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

    Earl
     
  2. daneoni macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    the 7200RPM drives are parallel in terms of what you get. In other words, its the same heat, power consumption and battery life. The differenc is VERY minimal and un-observable in most cases
     
  3. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    Well you can start by buying a macbook with the Apple-provided HD and see if you like the speed. Due to the embarrasingly easy accessible HD, you can always buy a 7200rpm for it later on. I doubt you will even notice it though.
     
  4. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    For a start, battery life will be impaired a little by using a 7200 RPM drive - but again, it won't be drastic, and should be worth the performance gains.

    The difference between the shipping drive and a 7200RPM is quite a lot - not "minimal" as somebody here suggested. I use mine for audio and it struggles with the stock drive, but for me it's no problem as I have a powermac as my main unit.

    What are you planning on using the Macbook for? If it's video editing, Audio processing etc you'll be needing that faster drive.
     

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