250gb hd @ 7200 vs. 500gb hd @ 5400?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macDonalds, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. macDonalds macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    Generally speaking; which would you choose?

    More specifically - I currently have a Hitachi I believe, 250gb/7200 in my computer but have this seagate sitting in front of me (500gb/5400):


    Specifically speaking; which of these would you choose?

  2. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    Depends what you are planning on using your computer for. The 7200 obviously gives you faster access to your data than the 5400. Personally I use a 7200 in my MBP and am enjoying the access speeds which I imagine would be slower if I had a 5400.
  3. pdater macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    You might want to look at the current draw on the Segate 500 gb drive.

    My MBP-13 came with the Apple 250 gb 5400 drive, which draws 700 ma. I replaced it with a WD 320 gb 7200 rpm drive that draws 550 ma. The WD is faster and draws considerably less current.

    Short of an SSD (high cost, relatively low capacity), WD makes some of the larger drives in their Velociraptor series with low current draw, a consideration when away from the power lines.
  4. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    Do you want 250 Gb more of capacity or a slight increase in performance (and I mean very slight).

    Having used both the 7200 RPM and 5400 RPM drives in my MBP, I would say that there is not much of a difference between the two in performance (at least for day-to-day tasks like web browsing, document writing, Vmware using, bootcamp using, etc.). I don't do any video editing, so maybe you will see something there.

    The only thing I have noticed is the Applications folder opens slighty (a couple milliseconds) faster with the 7200 rpm drive, and expose moves the windows slightly faster (same order of magnitude).

    Then again, I have the click-beep issue with the 7200 rpm drive so I don't know if that is causing a problem

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