250gb 7200 RPM HD Vs. 320gb 5400 RPM HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bsolomonny, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. bsolomonny macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I am considering buying the 2.53 MBP from the Apple refurb store. Tonight I noticed that they had two models available. The only difference between the two models are the HD. One has a 320gb 5400 RPM HD and the other has a 250gb 7200 RPM HD. The prices are the same. Which one would you choose and why?

    Thanks
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Depends on what you plan on doing with the machine. Do you need speed or space?
     
  3. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    7200rpm drive for faster access and throughput.
     
  4. bsolomonny thread starter macrumors regular

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    How noticeable will the speed difference between the 7200 and the 5400?
     
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Its noticeable and a little faster.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's easily noticeable. Boots faster, apps opens faster... Get the one with 250Gb 7200rpm and external HD if you need more space
     
  7. bsolomonny thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, My indecision took too long and now they are both gone from the refurb store. Looks like i will be waiting for the one with the 7200 to appear online again. Thanks for your input.
     
  8. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind you can go ahead and get a machine with a 5400 and easily
    upgrade to a 7200. I did that and use my 5400 as an extra drive in an
    enclosure.

    Now I would get a 320 for the price. And 500's are available in 7200,
    but are too expensive imo.
     
  9. macagain macrumors regular

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    Yes, you have to move fast on these. I was sitting in a bar, looked in my iPhone, saw one with the 7200 drive, went home and ordered it asap. Immediately, I had buyer's remorse, as I'd really wanted a 2.8.

    It arrived today, and I'd have to say, I *love* this machine! The machine I replaced was a C2D 2.16. I thought it was just fine, but I was surprised how much faster (and prettier) the new one is. Buyer's remorse is gone!
     
  10. akbc macrumors 6502

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    If space matters that you're actually considering the 320gb, I'd just get the 320GB 5400RPM, then upgrade to 500GB 7200RPM and use the 320 as an external or something. eSATA/USB enclosures are pretty cheap nowadays...
     

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