5400rpm or 7200rpm upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jgbhardy, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. jgbhardy macrumors 6502

    jgbhardy

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    I have been considering for a long time in upgrading myHDD to increase size, but now i have found two HDDs one is 320GB WD Scorpio Blue 5400rpm for £50, the other is a 320GB Hitachi Travelstar™ 7K320 7200rpm HDD for £63.
    I'm wondering if it is worth the extra £13 for the 7200rpm in terms of boot speed and general loading times, I have read through the specifications on both but am still not sure whether it is best.
    This upgrade is for a 2.4GHz White Macbook which is currently using a Travelstar 5K160 5400rpm 160GB.
    So far i have seen that the WD uses 2.5W for Read/write and the Hitachi uses 1.8W for Read/write.
    Thanks
     
  2. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502

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    you will definitely feel the speed increase with the 7200 drive.
    however you will also notice a slight increase in noise. not really a big issue for most but it is there.

    ive heard good things about both drives so i really dont think you can go wrong since you mentioned you wanted to upgrade for HD size.
     
  3. jgbhardy thread starter macrumors 6502

    jgbhardy

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    Do you know as to how much the 7200rpm drive will affect battery life as i do tend to use my macbook on the move a lot, so battery life is important but speed is always something useful.
     
  4. steve31 macrumors 6502a

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    I put a 7200 rpm HHD in my MB but took it back out because of the vibration and my battery was 30min-45min shorter.
     

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