5400 or 7400 HDD for Final Cut Studio?

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  1. ron1, Feb 25, 2011
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    ron1 macrumors newbie

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    Im buying a new Macbook Pro (15" 2.0 GHz) and I'm just wondering if its worth the extra £68 to upgrade to a faster hard drive? It doesn't seem like much but I'm a bit strapped for cash.

    I will be using it for a lot of editing in final cut pro and colour.

    I'm also buying a G-Raid 500GB/7200 external hard drive as my main scratch disk with FW800. So I was wondering if you think its worth the extra for the internal hard drive? Will I notice any difference at all when I'm editing using the external hard drive?
     
  2. Nein01, Feb 25, 2011
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    Nein01 macrumors 6502

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    You definitely want the 7200 as a scratch disc. I don't think you will really tell much difference as long as you're editing on that external. However, when I ordered mine the 750g 5400 was the same price as the 500g 7200; there was no cost to upgrade. I know there was last year but this year is different, so you might as well put your system on a 7200 as well unless you really need those extra gigs.
     
  3. ron1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea, that options only on the higher end 15" Macbook Pro, I'm getting the cheaper one so it costs me £68 more to upgrade the same 500gb hard drive :/ And since I'm buying the external hard drive at £160 I don't know if its worth it...
     
  4. Koning macrumors member

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    It's probably best to go with the stock harddrive and change it yourself. It's cheaper and since it won't void warranty it's not a problem. it's also not a very complicated job to do...
     
  5. ron1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh thanks, thats true. I'm completely clueless when it comes to things like that though. Could you sent me some links, what hardrives are cheap and reliable?
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I know you said you are on a budget, but might it make sense to get a third-party 128GB or 256GB SSD as your boot drive and a FireWire enclosure so you can use your stock drive as your external drive? The SSD would be significantly faster than the 7200rpm drive.
     
  7. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    Check here ron - not only does OWC have great products, BUT they got tons of video tutorials that give you a step-by-step look at how to change out your HD.
     

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