5400 vs. 7200 RPM

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  1. Macchino macrumors regular

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    What should i choose? i have heard that the 7200 makes the machine pretty loud an makes it shake quit a bit. Also it should drain battery noticabely...

    anyone?.

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  2. rpang macrumors member

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    Depends on the drive that you change with. I upgraded to a WD scorpio black. It took me to try 2 different drives to find one without vibration and noise.

    Also, there was no significant battery drain.
     
  3. IBrown macrumors newbie

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    If your 7200 disk is making the mbp shake....take it back!

    I'd always go for the faster disk. The CPU is so fast nowadays that the slowest component, always the bottleneck in any system, is likely to be the HD.
     
  4. Macchino thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is in the new macbook pro. I just dont now wich to order. so the drive would come from apple:)
     
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  6. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    I took the 7200 rpm. As said previously, the current faster disks does not seem to drain more power.
     
  7. Macchino thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, what about noise?
     
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  9. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    My previous MBP was totally silent. Since the HDD is a huge bottle neck just get the 7200. I think 5400 rpm are just too slow.
     
  10. snouter macrumors 6502a

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    Larger 5400rpm drives are not that slow anymore.

    Back when harddrives were 60GB you could really feel the 5400v7200 difference. Like you could just tell using the machine.

    Now, not so much. It does seem better on longer throughput kind of stuff, sustained transfers, but a person could hardly tell in day to day normal use.
     
  11. Hooksta macrumors member

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    NOOB here.

    Would selecting a SSD hard drive make the laptop run cooler? I assume the 7200 would run hotter than a 5400. (Like I said "assume")

    I know sometimes laptops can sometimes burn your legs off when they start getting warm.
     
  12. Macchino thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies... I went with the 7200 RPM:)
     
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    lol another noob here. in what case would you notice the difference of having a 5400 v 7200rpm HD? for instance is it when downloading music/files to the HD or just everything in general?
     
  15. Hawke macrumors regular

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    I'm going to be switching back to a mac in a couple of weeks, and had two windows computers and 7200rpm is much faster than 5400rpm, and you dont hear any sounds. I am not too sure if that happens with a mac. I hope not as i am going to choose the 7200rpm option
     
  16. dgdosen macrumors 65816

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    Agreed! Buy an ssd.
     
  17. StEvEnGtR macrumors member

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    Quick question:
    Is there a way to see if you have a 5400 or 7200 rpm HD installed?
    (Just to make sure that I really have the one I asked for)
     
  18. gadgetfreaky macrumors 6502a

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    If you are going to do the HD upgrade to 7200 yourself to save like 400 bucks...
    what one would you get?

    The Hitachi Deskstar 0A35415 7K500 500 GB 3.5-Inch SATA 7200RPM 16 MB Hard Drive

    is only 70 bucks.
     
  19. cawith macrumors newbie

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    Aren't all Macbooks except the Macbook Air equipt with a 2.5" drive?
     
  20. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    yes they are !
    The HD posted by gadgetfreaky is for desktops.
     
  21. gadgetfreaky macrumors 6502a

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    yikes. thanks!
    do you have a good rec for a 7200 2.5?
     
  22. gadgetfreaky macrumors 6502a

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    yeah that's a nice one. I am really torn between upgrading to a 7200 and trying for a 250gb SSD.

    I pay 400 extra just with taxes and lost rebates If I order through able.
    so for 250 more I get a SSD. I was thinking about getting the crucial SSD but am not sure if it makes sense since Mac has no trim support and have heard stories of the drives breaking. may be too soo to upgrade. A crucial is about 650.

    I would get the intel but they are small and I use boot camp so I need the space for windows and Mac os.
     
  23. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    same situation here. I will wait some till xmas to see if the prices of SSD drop though. The SSD are really to expensive.
     

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