WildCowboy said:Here are a couple of threads you might be interested in:
Except that 5400 rpm drives are available in higher capacity than 7200 rpm drives...and that's the dilemma most people face. 100GB/7200rpm or 120GB/5400rpm? I always choose the larger capacity.imnotatfault said:The price difference between a 5400 and a 7200 drive nowadays is so negligible that it seems like everyone should just go 72000 so they phase the 54's out entirely.
WildCowboy said:Except that 5400 rpm drives are available in higher capacity than 7200 rpm drives...and that's the dilemma most people face. 100GB/7200rpm or 120GB/5400rpm? I always choose the larger capacity.
Absolutely...different people have different priorities. Mine happens to be capacity. Other people (such as yourself) prefer speed. Both are perfectly valid, which is why there continue to be lower speed drives on the market.AoWolf said:Well its a matter of preceptive. I know personally I just want the fasted because I use a firewire drive for back ups and storage.
Not significantly so...yes, spinning faster uses more energy, but it has to spin for a shorter period of time. Any difference in battery life is essentially unnoticeable. Here is a bit of comparative data between drives...it's a little old, but still useful.somevelvet said:will 7200s mean a decrease in battery life?
AoWolf said:I was looking at getting a 7200 rpm drive for my new macbook. I was just wondering if its really worth it and what kind of performance increase and in what tasks I should expect.
I'm pretty sure he was talking about getting a 7200rpm drive and putting it in himself.mattsh said:I wasn't aware that the MacBook HAD 7200rpm drives available. I just recently ordered a macbook and had 60,80,100, and 120 but they had no speeds beside them. BTW.. I'm talking about MACBOOKS.. I know the Pros have a 7200 @ 100Megabytes.
Spanky Deluxe said:I'm pretty sure he was talking about getting a 7200rpm drive and putting it in himself.
Interestingly enough, we are talking about the MACBOOK not the POWERBOOK which has a very easily accessable HDD and RAM slots, far more so than the MBP or PB.mattsh said:Ok... BUT.. I thought doing that would
B) You couldn't cause on the PowerBooks Apple smooshed the drive way up in?
Yeah my fault... I typoed... in the MACBOOK (Not Pro) I thought there was no 7200 option.Felldownthewell said:Interestingly enough, we are talking about the MACBOOK not the POWERBOOK which has a very easily accessable HDD and RAM slots, far more so than the MBP or PB.
Hear hear but the biggest difference is still barely noticeable.WildCowboy said:
No, as Felldownthewell implied, it doesn't void the warranty. The hard drive is a user-installable part on the MacBook, and thus swapping it out doesn't carry any warranty issues with it. It's the only Apple laptop for which this is the case.mattsh said:Well cool! Guess it still voids the warranty.. but may be useful years down the road