MBP question regarding HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Blazer5913, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Blazer5913 macrumors 6502

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    I am looking to purchase a new 15" MBP. Basically, I will have it maxed out, with 1gb stick of ram from apple + third party gb stick, 2.16ghz intel core duo, glossy screen, and then the Harddrive... Currently in my Powerbook, I have an 80gb 7200rpm HD. I love it, but have never really experienced a 5400rpm HD. Currently, I have the 120gb 5400 HD selected, but I am questioning this now. Do you think I should go with a 100gb 7200rpm hd? I work alot with Final Cut, Motion, and DVD Studio and a bit of Photoshop. I also have an external firewire 300gb harddrive. What do you guys recommend?
     
  2. risc macrumors 68030

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    If you work with large files like audio or video the 7200 RPM internal drive is the option to go for.
     
  3. Blazer5913 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I really don't work with that big of Photoshop files, and I guess its just standard sized video files. I don't have an HD video camera, just a 3ccd dv one, so....?
     
  4. risc macrumors 68030

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    http://barefeats.com/5472.html has information about 5400 RPM versus 7200 RPM, it also includes speeds for FW400/800 drives. Based on the apps you've mentioned using I suggest going with the 7200 RPM. Having said that in normal use there is no noticable difference between 5400 and 7200 RPM.
     
  5. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    Im Sure In a Few months there will be a 160GB-200GB 7200RPM Option out from Seagate or toshiba. Will be a bit expensive but its an option.
    Toshiba just released a 200Gb notebook drive although i think its only 4200 RMP:confused: :confused:
    Toshiba 200GB HD
     
  6. Blazer5913 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I do have plenty of space on my external so space is not the biggest concern. So do I sacrafice 20gigs for a faster one? Will i truly notice the lack of "speed" from the 5400 if i lose 20 gigs?
     
  7. ColdFlame87 macrumors regular

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    It is always best to have all the parts inside your computer be at their optimun and 20 GB is little compared to the security and increase in speed you will receive with a 7200 drive. I recommend since you work with video and audio files that you get a 7200, you can always get a small external drive that you can carry around if the need for more space arises
     
  8. BAspecialCake macrumors member

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    7200 rpm is the way to go...

    Don't look back.
     

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