7200 or 5400 rpm

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tech198, May 2, 2011.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Just thinking of getting a 500Gig or (possible )750Gig Hard drive....one internal and one external (as i have enclose for it)

    Do you guys recommend 5400 or 72000 rpm drives for Macbook pro ? I know it comes down to performance vs battery, but I would think you guys would know allot more than me when it comes to this stuff.
  2. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    If the cost diff isn't much, go for the 7200. If it's a fairly large delta in $$, then go the 5400. You won't notice a ton of difference in performance.

    However! lol...it all depends on what your'e doing too. If it's heavy graphical stuff, or a lot of reads/writes to open files, applications, etc. then the 7200 will service you better. But the real difference in performance is SSD vs. SATA. Depending on your needs/budget, go for a 128GB SSD for your MBP, and then a larger drive for external storage. The external drive in either scenario can be 5400...

    My 2 cents
  3. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

    Old Muley

    Jan 6, 2009
    Titletown USA
    I put a 7,200 RPM Seagate Momentus XT in my 13" MBP and have been very happy with it. There is a definite speed bump from the stock 5,400 RPM drive; of course the 4GB SSD probably plays a big role in that. I put the stock drive in an external enclosure that I use for backups.

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