7200 rpm HDD in MBP

setanta5

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 5, 2006
1
0
First time post on MR but been following for a while, especially the new MBP forums.

Currently saving for a MBP and when i have the cash i have decided i will buy whatever one is available at the time, be it Yonah or Merom.

My question is, would you recommend speccing a 7200 Rpm HDD. Or would i be better going for 120Gig drive instead.

I'm concerned about extra noise and battery consumption of 7200 drive. has anyone any thoughts/experience of this?
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
17,361
1,314
Most studies have shown that 7200 rpm drives don't use any more energy than 5400 rpm drives. The extra spindle speed is offset by offering quicker access to information, and thus less spin time.

My personal preference is for size over speed, so I would be more apt to go for the bigger, slightly slower drive. But others have the opposite opinion...it's really personal preference.
 

br0adband

macrumors 6502a
Aug 29, 2006
933
69
If you're going for broke, get the Hitachi 160GB 5400 rpm drive. It's about $70 higher in cost than the 120GB models, but it's the first laptop drive to offer perpendicular recording - meaning it's faster.

HardMac did some testing recently and the 160GB Hitachi outperformed a 7200 rpm 100GB drive. You can find the results of that drive swap and informal test here.

Hope this helps...
bb
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
17,361
1,314
br0adband said:
If you're going for broke, get the Hitachi 160GB 5400 rpm drive. It's about $70 higher in cost than the 120GB models, but it's the first laptop drive to offer perpendicular recording - meaning it's faster.
Keep in mind that it appears he is configuring a BTO MBP, so the Hitachi drive isn't an option. He'd have to have it done aftermarket by a certified technician and then he'd after the extra stock drive that he'd have to reuse or get rid of.

Sure, it's doable and it's a great drive from everything I've seen, but it might be more than the OP wants to take on.
 

PowerMike G5

macrumors 6502
Oct 22, 2005
459
176
New York, NY
Depends on what you do ... I have a 7200RPM 100GB HD in my Macbook Pro and I do notice a nice speed increase over the 5400RPM I had in my other older notebook ...

I do a lot of video editing, encoding/transcoding so the speed is appreciated since I work with large file sizes.
 

MikeyWord

macrumors newbie
Oct 5, 2006
22
0
Perth, Western Australia
br0adband said:
If you're going for broke, get the Hitachi 160GB 5400 rpm drive. It's about $70 higher in cost than the 120GB models, but it's the first laptop drive to offer perpendicular recording - meaning it's faster.

HardMac did some testing recently and the 160GB Hitachi outperformed a 7200 rpm 100GB drive. You can find the results of that drive swap and informal test here.

Hope this helps...
bb
Nice Tip! :) I'll drop one in my new MB instead of a 7200rpm 100gb
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.