7200 HDD: How much more noise + other Q's

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by capitanbuzo, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    How much more noise does the 7200 RPM HDD have over the 5400? What about heat? I understand that it will be noiser and hotter because it is spinning faster but is the difference dramatical? On a closing note, is the battery life dramatically less? Thanks in advance for quick replys.
  2. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    I believe the idle power draw difference between 5400 and 7200 is about 1-2W.

    Thats basically, nothing. So heat + power = no factor what so ever. And I did ALOT of research on 2.5" HDs for my external enclosure, it was 200Gb 7200RPM vs 320Gb 5400s and the 7200 with the better seek times etc won.

    Noise, some but doesn't bother me.
  3. shoppy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    I have no heat issues in contrast to my wife's MBP with 5400rpm drive. No extra heat or power consumption. a slight bit nosier in the dead of night.
  4. janitorC7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    North Hollywood, CA
    I think that what you need to look at is weather the faster hard drive is a necessity to you. are you using thinks like Final Cut with a scratch disk, and rendering.

    Basically, why do you need the fast HD?
  5. ZachMac macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2008
    7200 200GB 16m cache

    I installed a 7200rpm 200gb w/16m cache in my MBP 2.2 at the same time as installing 4gb ram. It runs cooler and quieter than before. Not sure if it is one of the two or both that brought this about, but I love it. Here are the links to the HW I used. Both are fast and reliable.

    I also did some research and found out that changing the HDD out myself will void the warranty but I also found out that even though apple will know that the HDD was changed out they have know way of knowing that I did it or an authorized Apple service center did the work. That is unless ya tell em.


  6. capitanbuzo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    My main concern was that I wanted it to be pretty quiet but I figured that my fans will be ramping up anyways doing CS3 and FCP stuff so I just went for the computer in my sig.
  7. janitorC7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    North Hollywood, CA
    with FCP then yes, the faster hard drive was defiantly a good idea

    Enjoy your new rig!!
  8. capitanbuzo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    Thanks. I just hope it ships soon. It has been prepared to ship for the last two days without any change. The printer I ordered arrived very fast. Shipped a day earlier and arrived a day earlier than the new delivery date. I wish this would arrive like that like the printer did but the printer only had to go from Northern to Southern California versus Singapore (?) to California.
  9. CP1091 macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2007
    Enjoy it!

    On the shipping, hopefully it will ship soon for you.. I hate waiting!
  10. picchiant macrumors newbie


    Aug 1, 2007
    no issues if you add ram or faster HD at all

    I have a MBP 2.4ghz 4gb 7200rpm 160gb HD, the battery life is longer than before when you add memory, due the simple fact that osx caches processes in RAM, instead of accessing the disk avery time, so more memory, means leas disk usage, then more battery life.
    In terms of noise, I can't compare, but I can barely listen when the hd is used, I can feel more the lisght vibrations then the actual noise.

    in terms of heath, it is quite hot, probabily more then the 5400rpm, but this is due the faster speed, and there is no fix for it, in any case the performace are about 20% better for the 7200rpm, so my advise is GO FOR MORE RAM and FASTER HD, we live only once!!

  11. Thadriem macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2007
    I have a SR MB 2.2. When I got it I put in 4gb of RAM and a 7200 rpm (Seagate) HD... Problem with my MB is that the 7200 rpm HD causes slight vibrations that resonate off my livingroom table. Really annoying, so I switched back to the 5400. It's really quick with the C2D cpu and 4gb of RAM anyways! :D

    I do believe a 7200 rpm HD would work excellently in a MBP though, due to it's more solid (alu vs plastic) design. :)
  12. Twe Foju macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

    Dec 20, 2007
    not really

    it also happens to all of my friend's mbp

    they upgraded to 7200 but it was too noisy so they all changed back to 5400

    7200 sure is faster at writing speed, but i admit it's a little noisy

    im thinking of changing mine back to 5400 soon as well :cool:
  13. rishi13 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2007
    It makes much more clicking noise when writing and reading as opposed to the 5400 RPM which is virtually silent. Also, you might feel a slightly stronger vibration on your left palm than you would with a 5400 RPM. I have a 7K200 200 GB 7200 RPM, the same one as the BTO from Apple.
  14. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    Surrey, UK
    This concerns me a bit!

    I customised my MBP with the 200GB 7200rpm drive from Apple, it should be arriving early next week.

    But, I'm hoping I've not made a bad decision if it's noisier/clickier than the 5400!
  15. capitanbuzo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    Sorda me too. Even though I am in it for performance, I still have it be rather silent. Dosen't the HDD shut off when not in use? I believe that is an option in the Power Settings correct? On another note, I know changing out the HDD will void the warranty but if I change it back, is there a way for Apple to notice the drive change if I did not break anything on the install?
  16. Lyshen macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Assuming nothing is broken, Apple won't notice a drive swap.

    When I get MBP (refresh), I plan to swap in a bigger drive. Thought about 200 gig 7200RPM vs 320 gig 3205400RPM, and I'm leaning towards 320 gig 5400RPM. Even though the 7200 will be a smidge faster on seek, data transfer may be rather equal due to the higher density per platter on the 320gig drive.

    (I haven't seen actual comparisons of 200 Gig 7200 RPM vs 320 gig 5400 RPM)

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