200GB@7200rpm or 250GB@5400rpm

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ken Masters, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. Ken Masters macrumors member

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    I was thinking about getting the 200GB 7200rpm Seagate drive for £146.31 although the 250GB 5400rpm Western Digital drive is only £112.21
    Should I stick to the faster but smaller and more expensive one or the larger, cheaper but slower one? It's used for running fairly intensive music editing programs.

    Is there anywhere better/cheaper to buy from than this place?
    http://www.macupgrades.co.uk/store/machine.php?name=macbook-pro

    Thanks!
     
  2. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    My suggestion is if you aren't going to miss the extra 50 GB of space, go for the faster drive. It's the biggest bottleneck out of all your computer's components as is. Don't make it worse with a 5400 rpm drive.
     
  3. Ken Masters thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool that's what I was thinking. Does the price seem OK?
     
  4. weblogik macrumors regular

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    doesnt a 7200 rpm hard drive run much hotter though????
     
  5. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Not that much hotter, but it does eat up a little bit more battery life. IMO it's worth it do to the faster speed of the machine overall.

    Go for the 200GB @7200 rpm drive.
     
  6. Ken Masters thread starter macrumors member

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    Also, my current 120GB Fujitsu MHW2160BH drive is 'only' 5400rpm and that seems 'fine' to me although I'm not sure when a faster HD makes a difference. Anyone care to enlighten me:confused::eek:
     
  7. deggs37 macrumors member

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    I went with the 250gb 5400rpm and I am starting to wish I went the other drive. Unless this is your only machine and you have no plans to ever get an external then I would go with the 200gb 7200rpm.
     
  8. olliebraves20 macrumors regular

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    Does anybody have any type of benchmarks for the difference between the two??
     
  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    faster RPM will make apps load faster the first time that they are opened and if you're working with large files..it will be faster.
     
  10. deggs37 macrumors member

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    You will be able to notice a difference if you begin to use one. Everything is a bit snappier. Load times decrease. It definitely won't go unnoticed.
     
  11. Ken Masters thread starter macrumors member

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    Just what I wanted to hear, thanks!
     
  12. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    The faster drive will allow the system to access information from, and writer info to the HDDs faster. So you apps will load faster, files will open faster, copying files and deleting them will be faster, and the machine will boot faster.

    I think he should get an external drive anyway. Backing up is essential. And they make external FW400 portable drives with the same 200GB 7200 rpm drive for $350.

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage25.html
     

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