5400 vs. 7200 rpm HDs in Macbook Pros

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Vader Was Frame, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Vader Was Frame macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2008
    I know this has been discussed so forgive me for starting a new thread. Have heard some conflicting results.

    In the near future I plan on purchasing a new MBP 13" and will want to upgrade the HD myself. Is there any reason NOT to upgrade to a 7200 rpm model? All I have heard is that the 7200 route may heat up more than ideal. But overall, it is at least noticeably faster.

    Two HDs that I have seen a lot of on threads:

    Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVTRTL 500GB 5400 RPM

    Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM

    Any more thoughts? Thoughts on HD size are also welcome but figured I'd shoot for the 500GB since they are so cheap and wait 1-2 years on falling prices of SSDs.
  2. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
  3. mike1123 macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    You will notice a speed difference with 7200 vs 5400. As of now, cheap SSD's don't work as well as they should for the amount of money you're still paying. If you don't need 500gb, I'd recommend the 320 Western Digital Scorpio Black. Super fast. It doesn't heat up anymore than the stock drive, and it is certainly not very noisy.
  4. jableskg macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    How difficult is it to install these drives yourself? Or is it better to take it to someone else?
  5. NikFinn macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2009
    It seems quite easy, if you go click on your HD in finder and go to user guides and info, and click on the user guide there's a section on replacing your hard drive and plenty of videos on youtube.
  6. antskip macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    Most of the present generation SSD's are blindingly fast performers, use very little power, create little heat, are much tougher, and in real use leave HDD's completely in the dust. And they are only around 3X the cost of a HDD. Much more bang for the buck, IMHO. If you have ever used a SSD, you will not even think of going back to a HDD, which becomes fit only for backup storage.:)
  7. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    7200rpm is noticeably faster than 5400rpm...if you don't go SSD then go 7200
  8. pnyc macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    If speed is what you're after nothing beats the SSD, nothing even comes close. Having owned a WD Scorpio Black 320GB 7200RPM HD I was definitely able to notice the performance improvement over the stock 5400RPM drive, however it was nothing like moving from the 7200RPM HD to the SSD. The 7200 also got hotter than the stock drive and vibrated a little more which at times got annoying. Now the SSD is completely silent/vibration-less and never gets hot.
  9. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    The 7200 isn't worth the heat/vibration. My friend's laptop has it and its very annoying. If you want performance, like others have said the SSD is the only way to go (Specifically X25-M).
  10. designgeek macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I would go with the Seagate because Seagate drives tend to be more reliable and perform better than WD equivalents. Their attention to design is evident in their external HDs with beautiful aluminum in many trims. WD's external HDs have a plastic enclosure and gets extremely warm at times (prolonged file transfers) and fail more so than Seagate drives.

    But if you have the cash, SSD is the way to go.
  12. ArchXyrho888 macrumors newbie


    Jul 14, 2009
    Yea i would for sure go for the Seagates, hands down! i am using it right now the seagates 500GB 7200 rpm without G force. Works perfect with no click and no beep!!! i got the late 08 UMBP 15"
  13. YoNadz macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    I've also got the Seagate 500GB 7200RPM. A ton faster than stock, and no more vibration or noise either. Take the plunge, you'll be happy.
  14. drake macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2005
    Model number?
  15. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Seems in most tests the 7200rpms are quite a bit faster IF you buy a 320 GB. For almost any tests i've seen the 500GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue (5,4k) is toe to toe with the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 (which for some reason is the only 7200rpm drive I've seen in sale).

    I'd say go for a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB, it's cheaper too
  16. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Loveland, CO
    I just had a 500GB WD Scorpio Blue flame out ...

    I installed a scorpio blue abut 3 months ago in an early 2008 17" MacBook Pro. It just failed on me. The failure is rather curious ... the SMART status says that it is verified, but the drive fails to verify or repair. I managed to use carbon copy clone to pull of all but about a dozen files. (The clone does not boot unfortunately.) I tried reinstalling the OS, but it fails. The drive makes some buzzing sounds that sound like it is trying a bunch of rapid seek operations when it hits the "bad" spot. (My assumption!)

    My comment is ... regardless of what drive you chose ... get a second one in an external case and keep a back up!!!

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