500GB @ 7200 rpm OR 750GB @ 5200 rpm?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Antidoll, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Antidoll macrumors regular

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    So I'm buying a new Macbook Pro... & want to know if it's worth the change?

    (it's free to upgrade/downgrade on the model I'm getting so...)
     
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    A bigger drive is faster if all else is equal. Which it is not (7200 vs. 5200 rpm). So the 500 GB will be a bit faster. The 750 GB is bigger obviously. How much hard drive space do you need? Music collection, video collection, photos are usually the big ones and everything else is practically nil. So if you think you are getting anywhere near say 400 GB then I'd go for the bigger drive. If not, take the smaller.
     
  3. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do have a decent amount of music/ TV shows.. etc

    But I also have a lot of programs & games that take a LOT of space like SPORE/SIMS etc...
     
  4. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Avoid slower RPM. It makes the entire experience worse. Look into getting 750 GB 7200 RPM or better, otherwise make do with the 500 GB 7200 RPM and move some of your files to an external USB or Firewire drive.

    I upgraded the 160 GB 5400 RPM drive in my Macbook to a 500 GB 7200 RPM / 4 GB SSD Hybrid and it's like having a new machine.
     
  5. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks! I already have an external drive of 500GB so I guess I'll take the 7200rpm!
     
  6. Dal123 macrumors 6502a

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  7. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    I'd get the 500gb 7200 RPM, it will take a while to fill it and by then I am betting the 1tb 7200 RPM ones will be out. Easy upgrade.
     
  8. Dal123 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Marc, you just made my decision easier;500GB at 7,200rpm :D.
     
  9. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely go with 7200RPM, its a lot faster than 5400RPM. If you can afford, I'd recommend SSD. It makes things super snappy..
     

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