500GB 7200 or 750GB 5400? Is speed difference Significant?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by YoYoMa, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2006
    I hear that the larger the drive the faster it is keeping everything else constant. Is the speed boost from the 500GB 7200 rpm drive worth the extra power, heat, noise, vibration and the lowered capacity? Do we know anything about these drives? I like to go with the fastest drive usually but if it's only a tiny bit faster or an older drive it may be better to go with the 750GB. What do you think?
  2. Thistledown macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    I don't know about the 750GB drive, but I went from a 640GB 5400 rpm to a 500GB 7200 rpm in my 2009 MBP and I noticed a big difference in speed. The lower latency of the 7200 rpm drives make a big difference.
  3. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    You will still notice a much greater difference just ditching the HD altogether and going for an SSD, that is really the way to go. I can't believe Apple didn't just ditch HD altogether and only offer SSD on these new models. SSD is really the wave of the future. The speed difference in your whole machine is like night and day when operating off of SSD!
  4. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    Difference will be significant if you edit video or do a lot of multitasking, but I would prefer a larger drive than a faster one.

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