5400 RPM drives compared to 7200 RPM drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Markov, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Markov macrumors 6502

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    My deepest apologies (especially the ones who will care too much) if this subject has been started already... but mistakes happen. If this thread has been started already and there is a link to prove it, please point me in the direction if you wouldn't mind and then do whatever you want to the thread. :D

    Anyway... my question is this: does the 7200 RPM drives eat a lot more battery life then the 5400 RPM drives? I was thinking of upgrading my mbp to a 320GB Seagate HD @ 7200 RPM's. I heard that it really boosts performance, if anyone has proof that it does not, I would appreciate to know the truth! :)

    Thanks in advance, especially to those who will easily forgive me for posting a topic already started somewhere in the sands of time. :p:D
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Some 7200RPM drives do use more energy, but never drives do not so much. For example, I haven't noticed a decrease in battery moving from a 500GB 5400RPM drive to a 500GB 7200RPM drive.
     
  3. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I have a 7200RPM drive in my MacBook Pro and a 5400RPM drive in my MacBook. Performance between the two is noticeable only if I'm doing stuff such as installing an OS. On daily/normal use, I can't tell the difference.

    I can't say for the battery life since the two systems are different.
     
  4. Markov thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm... I would assume boot times and application launches are faster?
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Boot Times and Application launches are faster by a bit. I'd figure if you're patient by a few seconds, it shouldn't be much of a bother.
     
  6. Markov thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So the extra ten bucks for a 7200 RPM drive and any sacrificed battery life isn't worth it then?

    This is what I was thinking of buying...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148336

    The 5400 hdd is the same except a ten dollar difference, 8 mb cache and that's about it. lol
     
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  9. Markov thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the help everyone!!

    Now I just need to have confidence in myself to replace this HDD... it's the old style, 2.2 GHZ santa rosa platform... I just hope it comes back together perfectly.


    Update: I decided to order the Seagate 320GB HDD @ 5400 RPM's for 69.99 with free shipping (estimated 3 days). Great price. I decided against the 7200 RPM because of excess noise that has been reported from them, and to conserve battery life.
     

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