5400 vs 7200 rpm Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Juanbond, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Juanbond macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009
    I have an old MacBook that has been giving me some problems lately so I decided to replace the hard drive. I purchased a Western Digital 7200 rpm 500 gb drive, which worked well. I continued to have other issues and decided it was time to replace my old machine.

    Just this week I ordered a new MacBook Pro which has a slower 5400 rpm 500 gb hard drive.

    My question is would replacing the standard 5400 rpm hard drive with a similar capacity hard drive running at 7200 rpm be worth the hassle? Would the performance be noticeable on a new MacBook Pro?

    (A slight reduction in battery life is not a major concern for me)

    Thank you!
  2. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    not much difference, if youre going to replace go for an ssd.
  3. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    I respectfully disagree. While the crappy Seagate 7200.4 that Apple uses on their BTO machines are almost as slow as a fast 5400rpm WD blue, the WD black 7200rpm drives are much faster than a 5400rpm drive.
  4. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    The Scorpio Blacks are nice drives. There are tests out there that compare them to 5400rpm drives if you do a bit of searching. I'm too lazy to look right now.
  5. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    I respectfully disagree with your disagreement. While they surely are faster, the speed difference does not warrant replacing a 5400rpm drive that you already have, especially considering that the 7200rpm will be louder/create more vibration/use more power/be more likely to fail than a 5400rpm.

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