500gb 7200rpm or 750gb 5400rpm

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mulo, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    I was hoping someone had some bench tests for the disks shipping in the 15 and 17" 2011 MBP
  2. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I don't think the difference is large enough to be noticeable. None of the major numbers change: seek time, random read/write performance, power usage.

    To get a real jump, you need to go the SSD route.
  3. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    In my experience, 7200rpm is a little louder and a little faster.
    Id stick with 5400rpm until SSD prices drop a lot.
  4. aibo82 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Go with the 7200rpm stick it in a usb 2.5" caddy and put a Seagate momentous XT hybrid drive in the macbook!

    The hybrid is 10% slower than a solid state drive but 90% faster than a hard drive and is only £80 for 500gb!
    Then use the caddy you built for time machine backups!
  5. ninjaboi21 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    I would defiantly go with the 5400PRM, unless you follow aibo82's advice. I ordered the 7200RPM myself, but I think it's too noisy and not worth that little extra speed.

    So now I have to find another harddrive and either use my 7200RPM as external harddrive or sell it. I wished I took the 5400RPM now.

    aibo82, will the noise be the same with Momentus or will it be lower than the Apple provide? They are both 7200RPM, so I am a little worried it will.
  6. paolinselva macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2008
    Biella, north of Italy
    My happy experience with Apple and 7200

    just got my 15" base a few day ago, then did what I always do with my macs: rip off the 4 gb ram and put on an 8 gb upgrade (it costed me less then a BTO) ;), took the 5400 off, put it in a cheap case to become a BU disk and stuck in a great WDC WD5000BEKT-75KA9T0 (that I stripped from my previous MB) :D.
    I find this HD very silent (I can't hear it over the purring of the 2 fans spinning at 2000 rpm) and rather fast.

    If you do it this way you don't have to wait for a BTO and usually get 2 HDs at the price of 1. :cool:
  7. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    Get the cheapest... I just switched my stock HD by a 500gb 7200rpm and it's 50€ so you can always switch it afterwards
  8. Jonze macrumors member


    Sep 4, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    I decided to go with the 5400 instead of the 7200 as theres not really much in it I dont think. Unless your going to be doing alot of video editing I cant see there being an issue. Even then would it be stored to an external drive anyway.

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