1TB Apple Drive or 750 GB Poll and no SSD option

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MCIowaRulz, Jan 15, 2013.


Which Apple Hard Drive ONLY NO SSD

  1. 750GB 7200 RPM

    15 vote(s)
  2. 1 TB 5400 RPM

    5 vote(s)
  1. MCIowaRulz, Jan 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013

    MCIowaRulz macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    I have read thread after thread of the 5400rpm vs 7200 rpm HD debate. I understand that the 1 TB is faster however, Does anyone know of the make and model Apple uses? Removing the DVD is out as I use that alot and while im a geek taking apart a brand new Macbook pro is out for me as hand issues prevent me from using small objects like screws and tools. However, I want to set up a poll, Who has the 750GB and who has the 1 TB and why ONLY NO SSD please

    2012 15.4 MacBook Pro with i7 2.7Ghz, 8GB Hi-Res Glossy is what i'm going for
  2. Kim Sux macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2010
    I just put in a 750GB 5400 a few weeks ago. No real noticeable performance gains. But for a $100 it was a no brainer. BTW, the easiest hard drive replacement ever!
  3. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    What model of MacBook do you have?
    Honestly this back and forth is killing me I mean 2,500 is alot of mony and I'm going to use this for the next 4 years and I want to get the right drive for it
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    What are your priorities? You're going about it backwards.
  5. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    I will be using it for Worship production. (Running ProPresenter and playing media from it for church services) Maybe some HD files, maybe not.
    How so am I going backwords?
  6. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    I replaced the stock 5400 750GB in my 2011 MBP with a Scorpio Black 7200 750GB and it cut most loading times by maybe a third.

    The main cons I ran into was that it took a bit longer to go to sleep when closing the lid and the noticeable vibration from the left palm rest.
  7. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Get a momentus XT 750

    It will smoke any conventional laptop drive (my MBP boots in under 14 seconds from power button press), and they're about an extra 30 bucks vs a conventional 750?

    (err... not a factory option... but... it is well worth the upgrade. just get a 1tb unit in the machine from apple that you can then use for time machine backups in an external enclosure once you replace it with the momentus XT)
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I've used both 7200 and 5400 rpm HDDs, and in reality, there isn't a huge performance gain. It really depends on how many files you wish to store on it: personally, I get along fine with a 5400rpm 750GB.

    Bear in mind, 7200s are usually noisier too.
  9. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    If SSD not are an option then go for 7200rpm since the speed bonus will be something you love later on.
    5400rpm is slow, so slow that i get the feeling of throwing my mothers mac out the window when i do anything on it
  10. ybz90 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    I'm very surprised at the polls results.

    At these densities, the effects on speed from rpm are trivial at best. In fact, I believe the 1TB might be faster, while consuming less power, producing less heat, and creating less noise.

    So given these advantages, plus the fact you very likely won't notice any performance differences, I recommend getting the 1TB as you also get higher capacity to store files. Win-win-win.
  11. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    There speed difference between a 1TB 5400 and a 750 7200 will not be significant. Since there will be no noticeable speed improvement take the 250GB of space.
  12. ybz90 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    What are the capacities of these drives? Remember, a 12K 250GB will be far slower than a 5400rpm 1TB. With mechanical drives, the head is literally physically moving and reading the magnetic data from a platter. Higher density platters store more information in the same space, so they can offset higher physical rotational speed.
  13. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008

    I'd say get whatever comes with the computer STOCK and then get the 1TB scorpio black as it is faster than most 7k2 drives.

    And 7k2 is not THAT faster to start with, due to lower platter density.
  14. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    You really should get an SSD, it's the single biggest upgrade you can make to any computer.
  15. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    The 1TB 5400 RPM drive will most likely be faster in synthetic benchmarks, but slower in real-world usage.

    Here's a review of a Samsung 1TB 5400RPM 2.5" drive to illustrate:

    Looking at the real-world benchmark results, there's not a huge difference in performance, but the 5400RPM is still slower compared to a 750GB 7200RPM 2.5" drive from the same manufacturer.

    In the end, you will need to decide if the decrease in performance is worth the gain in the amount of available space. For some, it's worth it, and for some, it isn't.
  16. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    After much thinking I have decided to go for speed and get the 7.2k 750GB vs the 5400 RPM 1TB as My primary purpose is to run video for church services including DVD's and HD and the faster HD will help with that. and the general snappiness will make this system fast for the 4-5 years i'm going to use it.
    Unless people here tell me different
  17. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    There won't be much of a noticeable difference. If you care about speed you have to get an SSD, there isn't any other way around it.
  18. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    this pretty much.

    Scorpio Blue 5k4 outperforms half of 7k2 drives.
    4 drives on the market outperform it.
  19. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    What does Apple ship with the computers though?
  20. utekineir macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2008

    $2500 is kinda a lot to spend on a cmbp isn't it?

    Then again it isn't my mony, so do whatever floats your boat.

  21. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2009
    So does VM Ware also run better with a 7200? What about boot up and shutdown?
    Final Cut X for video still 7200 or the 1 tb for space? Internal system drive I still am on the fence
  22. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Disk IO's in VMware are mostly made up of small/random IO's from the host's point-of-view.

    Not sure about FCP, as I'm not really into video editing.
  23. trikky macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2011
    I'm waiting to see what happens with Toshiba's new 1TB Hybrid drive...

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