7200 RPM Laptop Drive; Good idea or bad idea?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Betelgeuse, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Betelgeuse macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2008
    So, now that I've decided to get the matte screen on my new 15" Macbook Pro, the only question left is about the hard drive. Should I get the 7200 RPM drive or stick with the 5400 RPM one? Assume for the purposes of discussion that the extra money is not relevant. What are the things I should be thinking about?

    Is battery life significantly impacted by the 7200 RPM drive? Is the data transfer rate significantly better?

  2. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    If you want significantly better transfer rates & battery savings, go for an SSD. The difference between 5400 and 7200 RPM drives are negligible. Battery life is shortened a tiny bit with the 7200.
  3. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Going from, say, a 320GB 5400RPM to a 320GB 7200RPM is not that noticeable. Going from 320GB 5400RPM -> 500GB 7200RPM you will definitely see a slight speed increase. Higher drive density, speedier transfers.

    What is really negligible, is the battery life decrease.
  4. Betelgeuse thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2008
    Thanks guys. That makes my decision easy. An SSD isn't really practical because of the decreased drive capacity and the (greatly) increased price. 5400 RPM it is!

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