5400rpm or 4200rpm

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  1. ac-mac macrumors member

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    I have the MacBook CD with the stock 60GB HDD and have been thinking about an upgrade. Recently I have been downloading a lot of TV shows (30GB so far... still have to get Lost season 3, OC, and others) and store it on an external drive.

    The largest HDD i could find was a 200GB but that was only 4200rpm, otherwise I would buy a 160GB 5400rpm one. Will it make a big difference, is 4200 considerably slower (the most extensive thing i do is recording in logic express, and i occasionaly use photoshop)??

    Thanks, and if anyone can recommend cheap UK stores i will be very greatful.
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    Im not sure, but Im guessing photoshop should be ok, TV shows should be ok too.

    but yes, 4200rpm is considerably slower.
     
  3. jng macrumors 65816

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    How old is your macbook? Be careful about voiding the warranty if you're going to replace the HD itself.

    The other thing to look at is cache sizes.

    I'm not really a hardware person but my 12" pbook's HD died last summer and I replace the stock 40GB 4200 with a 5400 RPM 100GB drive and honestly I don't experience a difference at all. But that might be becuase of older hardware. Dunno.

    If you don't watch some of the shows anymore, maybe just back them up and leave them on the external HD? I was abroad last year so I bought several TV shows from iTunes to keep up with shows. But I don't watch them anymore so I just got copied them and left them on an ext HD.
     
  4. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Not necessarily. There are more factors to consider than just rpm. :)
     
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    A 4200 drive should be absolutely fine for Photoshop. :)
    TV shows, sorry don't know but I would think they shouldn't be a problem either. :)

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  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I replaced my MacBook's 120 GB 5400 disk with a 200 GB 4200 one a short while back, and I hardly notice any difference... the system seems a bit snappier (due to more space for the VM) but start up times, both for the OS and large applications, are a bit slower (due to the slower disk). Small read/writes are about the same speed as before, as far as I can tell...

    Unless you actually damage anything, replacing the HD (or RAM) should not voiding the warrant. Apple has DIY articles on both hard drive and RAM installation.
     
  7. BenHoleton macrumors regular

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    I would not recommend a 4200 rpm hd. Too slow for my tastes.
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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  9. ac-mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Firstly, thanks for the speedy reply this is my first thread i wasnt expecting an answer for another week. lol

    The two I am looking at are
    160GB
    200GB

    as for the age of the macbook, i bought it in late 2006 (october maybe?)
     
  10. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    If you read my thread link and are still unsure ask yourself this:

    Do you really need 40GB more on the go or will most of your stuff be on an external?
    Do you really need the speed on the go or will most of your work be on an external HD with a higher speed? (7200rpm for example)

    It depends on what you need. Do you need the speed in the laptop or the space. Depending on this you buy the HD.

    Or you can wait, Hitachi is bringing out 2 new HDs next quarter:
    200GB 7200rpm
    250GB 5400rpm

    Decisions, decisions... :D
     
  11. Collin973 macrumors 6502

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    I thought the macbook's hard drive was user replaceable? Wasn't that one of the neat features the macbook has over the pro model? I think the 4200 drive will be a bit slower, but not INCREDIBLY slower. When I bought my mbp, I really wanted the Core Duo option of 100 GB 7200 rpm drive. I can live with the 120 5400 drive.

    Those hitachi options sound worth while for waiting. I'd love a 7200 rpm drive (or faster).

    Lost is an amazing show, isn't? Had to throw that in!
     
  12. ac-mac thread starter macrumors member

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    OK.. that looks worth wating for, but does anyone have any idea how much it will cost dont want to be spending £100+
     
  13. robPOD macrumors 6502

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    I think I might upgrade my stock 60gb hd for a 160gb 5400 Segate.
     
  14. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    You might be out of luck then. I think they will cost more than £100.
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    These drives tested in a MacBook ...

    http://www.barefeats.com/mbcd7.html

    The likely explanation of the Toshiba being slow, are probably due to it being the first generations of a new mechanism.

    Usually if you find a couple drives about 5-10MB/sec in sustained transfer of each other, pick the drive with the larger cache, larger capacity, and better warranty.

    The 5-10MB/sec won't impact you a lot unless you are running low on memory, RAM is one of the major performance boosts for the machine.
     
  16. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    The only reason to get the 200GB 4200RPM drive is more space and will run cooler.
     
  17. j26 macrumors 65832

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    But they should drive down the cost of existing ones.
     
  18. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    True but that will only make an impact on retail prices of the drives alone not on Macs. But since this is what he wants waiting for a price drop would be an option too, yes.
     
  19. brianus macrumors 6502

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    No way! Link? I've been praying they'd have at least 240GB 7200RPM drives by the time I expect to buy an MBP (2008). If the drives you cite will be out *next quarter*, that sounds a lot closer to reality now..

    Also, didn't Fujitsu just come out with a 160GB 7200 RPM drive last month? Just in case the OP wanted another option now.
     
  20. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Don't have the link handy right now but I'll look for it.

    Either way the 200GB will come out 1H 2007 and the 250GB 2H 2007 according to Hitachi.
     
  21. ac-mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Ive decided to get the 160GB Hitachi Drive as i need the 5400rpm to take full advantage of my audio interface. maybe sell my MB next year and get a MBP and install one of the new drives
     
  22. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    Go with the 5400 rpm. It is not a choice based entirely on rpm, but rather the fact that Hitachi Travelstar hard drives are generally much faster overall than competing hard drives even when they boast the same specs. I put a 2.5" 5400 rpm Travelstar hard drive in my G4 Cube and it made noticeable improvements over the 3.5" 5400 rpm Maxtor drive it replaced (made it run even more quietly, too :) ).
     
  23. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Found the link.
     

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