2nd HD in the Mac mini: 5400 or 7200 rpm ? (1st is SSD)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macchiato2009, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009

    i've upgraded my stock HD with a SSD in my mac mini

    i'm thinking of removing the SD to put an optical bay and a 2nd bigger HD

    i was hesitating between 500 Gb in 5400 or 7200 rpm

    but considering that the ssd is really boosting the whole machine,

    i guess that i should go for the 5400 rpm

    because the difference in performance between 5400 and 7200 would not be noticeable thanks to the SSD and also, the 7200 rpm will be noisier

    i'm right ?

  2. Greg K macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2009
    I wouldn't think there would be much in it noise wise, I've a (Seagate) 7200rpm drive in my Macbook Pro and I can never hear it, even during writes.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I have a 7200 in my mini used as a HTPC and there is some vibration but zero noise.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I would get 5400rpm due price as 7200rpm will likely be unnoticeable. You can also get up to 1TB if you get slower one
  5. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    the ssd is boosting your operating system and apps installed on the ssd , but anything stored on the normal hdd will get slowed down (for example if you have a extensive itunes library there it will take longer on a 5200rpm drive to get them over into itunes to play so choosing a 7200rpm drive will boost that too
    and modern hdd's are not that loud usually
    i would forget the small ssd and get the velocity raptor from westen digital its a 300gb 10000rpm drive and get a external 1.5 7200rpm drive there are some nice ones that fit perfect under the mini ..still everything cheaper then a proper sized ssd

    its dead simple the faster the hdd is spinning the faster you can access files on the hdd so having a ssd is a good thing for the apps to start quicker but the affordable ones are just poxy little things so unusable really maybe ok for a netbook , but as most files are stored on the normal hdd ,a HDD is still the best compromise between space and performance and price

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