200GB@7200 vs. 320GB@5400 in MBP (6/2007)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dembo, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Dembo macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2007
    London, UK / Frankfurt, Germany
    Hi all,

    my 120GB harddisk (stuck in a 6/2007 2.2GHz MBP (SR/LED)) is running out of space and I cut the available SATA options down to two candidates:

    2.5" Toshiba 200GB MK2051GSY 7200 (16MB)
    2.5" Samsung 320GB HM320JI (8MB)

    I would usually go for the increased storage capacity of the Samsung but the 7200 min^-1 sound tempting - would I be able to notice a difference at all? Shouldn't the higher capacity compensate for the (theoretically) higher speed of the Toshiba?

    Any advice welcome.

  2. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    how much space do you use up?

    how much space do you intend to use up?

    And how much space do you gain over a month's time?
  3. fpar macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    it all depends on what you do, if you comp is for everyday use there wont be much difference in speed, the only difference will come in if you are into heavy photoshop of video editing. The faster hard drive will not increase gaming performance but will speed up load times slightly however the difference between these hard drives is minor, you wouldn't see more than a couple seconds difference. Good luck.
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    You should go for the new 500gb Samsung drive coming out, apparently its faster than the 200gb 7200rpm despite only being 5400rpm. And it fits as well unlike that 2.5" Hitachi.
  5. Kaupa macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    i prefer the WD3200BEVT as it has better access times than the samsung and isnt that noisy. Two friends ordered their MBPs with 7200 disks and both are not as loud as my original fujitsu 5400:eek:
    Mine arrived today and i am looking forward to getting it installed...
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The 320 and the 200 should have similar access times, but the 7.2 will stomp the 5.4 in random seek.
  7. Dembo thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2007
    London, UK / Frankfurt, Germany
    Sorry guys,

    meant to give my usage profile and completely forgot about it when posting - sorry!

    Main usage aside from the usual internet/office/PIM stuff is managing m digital photos, working with and on them using Photoshop. I do have a soft side for other media types (audio, video some design stuff) but usage is much lighter. Aside from this I like to play around with the machine itself and write the occasional bit of code in Python or Objective C.

    Pretty much it. I am outgrowing the 120 GB stock drive due to the RAW images accumulating and I actually prefer having all my image on the internal HD.

    Sounds like the 320, doesn't it?

  8. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

    Aug 29, 2007
    I'll chime in and say that I had the WD 320gb drive and it was a VERY QUICK little drive for 5400rpm. I'm a bit of a speed freek, space is not a big issue so I've recently picked up the Hitachi 7K200 (200gb)... reportedly the quickest 2.5" sata drive currently and a pretty good chunk of space.

    My new MBP should be here on Monday and it will be promptly upgraded! :D
  9. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I'd rather have the 320GB unit. I'd only boot my MacBook Pro once a day so I can afford to wait a few more seconds for it to launch. And the majority of my time working with the machine would not be spent launching applications, so the slightly longer load times would be negligible. But I will always benefit from more space (I am already hitting the limit of my 320GB HDD on my iMac).
  10. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

    Cole Slaw

    Oct 6, 2006
    I'd hold out on replacing my drive for just a bit longer and get a 500 gig model.
  11. jason999 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    5400rpm is to slow for me. I's always go for 7200rpm and would favour seagate 2.5" drives.

    Samsung make great lcd's but not sure about their hard drives.

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