5400RPM vs 7200RPM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pilotkid, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    Is there really a NOTICEABLE difference between the two different hard drive speeds? I currently have the stock 80gb 5400rpm hard drive and i'm thinking about going up to at least 100gb and am wondering if 7200 rpm really makes a difference? Also, how big of a deal is it to switch out that hard drive? When i put the new one in do i just put in the Mac restore cds or is there more? Also, i have apple care, in the event that i need to use it do i need to switch the hd's out and put the original one back in?
    if it makes a difference i have also upgraded it to 2gb or ram.
    Thanks in advance
  2. iJawn108 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
    It's fairly easy, I took mine out for fun when I did my ram upgrade. Just make sure you have the right tools(it says a size 1 philips when it's really a size 0 I'd suggest buying a whole kit[i got mine for $5]). and when you put the cover on make sure you have the foam in correctly or else the ram won't sit properly.

    It's very very very easy.

    As far as the 7200 RPM it's going to decrease batterylife and add some heat. Perhapse looking into an external would be a better option? depending on your needs you could just get a case and mount a drive in it with ethernet,usb,firewire 400.
  3. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I'd say go with a 160 gig if you want the speed. It is about the same price as a 100 gig 7200 rpm if I'm not mistaken, and is apparently pretty close in speed as well while offering much greater size. You'll also get more battery life because its only at 5400 rpm, and less heat too.
  4. bigg black macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2007
    dosent it void the warrenty if you still have yours to put in 7200rpm harddrive:confused:
  5. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Feb 20, 2007
    North Dakota
    I don't think the spped difference will be noticable in everyday tasks.
  6. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    The switch from 5400 to 7200 was quite noticeable on my older PowerMac.
    Aps load faster, everything seems snappier, etc.

    Although I must admit the improvement could have more to do with replacing a 4 year old drive with a brand new one.
  7. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    nope, because in a MacBook, the HDD is a user-servicable part, along with the RAM.
  8. dr427 macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2005
    Oklahoma City
    I would imagine going to the 200gb 4200 rpm would be noticeable though right? (Slower)
  9. mick4394 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2006
    Flyover country
    Jumping to a faster hard drive will always give you a noticeable speed jump.

    The easiest upgrade a you can make is RAM, and often times it doesn't even make that much of a difference.

    Hard drive upgrades take time, but when you make the jump from 5400RPM to 7200 RPM, you will reap the benefits immediately. People who say hard drive speed won't make a difference, have never upgraded to a faster hard drive.
  10. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Here's a quick article that lays it out pretty simply.

    A quote from the article that pretty much summarizes it:

  11. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    For audio for video editing/production, 7200RPM drives are standard really.

    In a few months, we'll have 2.5" Serial ATA 7200RM 160GB Hard discs apparently. I can't wait that long unfortunately.
  12. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Dell already has the 160gb 7200 drives hope stores get them soon
  13. jmscalercio macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2005
    4600 HDs in MBP?

    I was just on the Apple store web site and saw the biggest HDs were all 4600's. I thought they'd want to offer a top of the line upgrade- but I guess they are choosing battery life and heat over speed? I am really disappointed.
  14. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    4600's? I assume you are referring to the 4200RPM 200GB model Apple offers. Apple only can offer what a) exists and what b) is available in sufficient quantities. Apple still offers a 100GB 7200RPM drive in some models. You must keep in mind that this new drive has only just become available, and availability is not yet widespread. I'd expect for Apple to offer it or a similar drive within the coming months.
  15. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i believe the 200GB 4200RPM HDD is similar in speed to a 160GB 5400RPM HDD, which is similar in speed to the 100GB 7200 RPM HDD. This is because the bits of data are closer together, so you don't have to rotate as fast to get the same amount of information. Obviously the faster the platters spin the faster information is read, but more heat is produced and more power is consumed.
  16. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I've heard the 200 gig is noticeable slower than the 5400, and the difference between the 5400 and 7200 is small.

    But the 200 gig is still worth it if you need that extra 40 gigs.
  17. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    check on www.barefeats.com

    they say the 7200 is 10% faster than a 5400 in best case. and a full 80gig 7200 is a lot slower than a 120gig 5400 with 40gigs free.

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