5400 or 7200 disk for 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by techno99, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. techno99 macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    I'm speccing my new 17" and can't decide between the 5400 or 7200 disk. Is the 7200 disk noisier than the 5400? Does the 7200 significantly affect battery life? Will I notice the speed difference? If it matters, I plan to eventually put a SSD in.

    Thanks for you insight.
  2. vnle macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    I have a 7200 rpm disk in my 15" and coming from a 5400 disk in my 17", I have not notice any increase in noise. As for battery, I haven't notice any decrease either .. though not quite sure about that. Hope that helps. :D
  3. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Go for the 7200 RPM. Not a night and day difference, but it IS a bit faster.
  4. nicfargo macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Go for the SSD and get an optibay for more storage.
  5. thefizzle657 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2011
    I say go for the 7200. Mine came with one and while I didn't use it that much before swapping it out for an SSD, it really wasn't that loud. Of course, I was comparing it to an old 5400 RPM drive that is in my late 2006 MBP and since that thing is so loud it sounds like a chain saw when it is in use pretty much anything else would seem like it is makes less noise in comparison. The old 5400 and the 7200 that came with my new MBP are both made by Hitachi.

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