5400 vs. 7200 RPM

Macchino

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Jan 13, 2008
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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?.

Best regards
 

rpang

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Apr 20, 2009
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So Cal...
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.
 

IBrown

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Jun 8, 2007
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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.
 

snouter

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May 26, 2009
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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.
 

Hooksta

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Jul 19, 2008
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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.
 

bobfitz14

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Oct 14, 2008
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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?
 

Hawke

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Dec 21, 2007
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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
 

dgdosen

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Dec 13, 2003
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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.
Agreed! Buy an ssd.
 

StEvEnGtR

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Feb 27, 2010
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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)
 

gadgetfreaky

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Oct 28, 2007
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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.
 

cawith

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Apr 13, 2010
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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.
Aren't all Macbooks except the Macbook Air equipt with a 2.5" drive?
 

gadgetfreaky

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Oct 28, 2007
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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.