7200rpm HDD upgrade - affect battery/heat?

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  1. Cannedkoala macrumors member

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    Hey,

    I'm looking at the new 13" MBP and upgrading the HDD myself, thinking of a 7200rpm.

    Anyone done this to their MB or MBP or have thoughts on how significantly this affects battery life and heat over a 5200rpm?

    Worth it for the boost in performance?

    cheers,
     
  2. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    tough to answer, this will all depend on the new 13's battery operating temperature as thats now in the same compartment.

    i would say you would be completely fine. 7200 runs a few degree's hotter.
     
  3. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    i didnt notice any battery or heat changes after upgrading to the 7200rpm drive.
     
  4. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    But I assume you did notice a reasonable performance increase?

    I'm considering ordering a 7200rpm for the new MBP I just bought, as a stopgap until 256GB SSDs become more affordable.
     
  5. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    oh yea for sure. it was a big difference.
     
  6. alesse macrumors member

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    i'm thinking of doing the same thing. is there any specific brand that anyone would recommend? i'm looking at OWC and they have Hitachi, Toshiba, WD, or Seagate.
     
  7. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    WD and Seagate are the two best ones in my opinion.
     
  8. Thomas Davie macrumors 6502

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    FWIW, I played Civ 3 Conquests inside of Parallels 4.0 on a UMBP 17 for slightly over 4 hours, got bored, and then surfed in OS X for another 30 minutes before my laptop shut down. This was on max brightness. Extrapolate one way or another from there. 320 gb 7200 rpm drive.

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  9. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Upgrading to a 7200RPM drive from a 5400RPM likely shaves off 10 minutes of battery under heavy drive use. Of course, you will need less heavy drive use with a faster drive, so it pays for itself.
     
  10. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I went with a 320GB Seagate 7200.3 from NewEgg for $69 shipped. In a recent test, it had the lowest idle power consumption of any of the high-perf drives and performance numbers are pretty near the top.
     
  11. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    How is the noise? I am looking at the base model 13in MBP and would really like a larger and faster HDD, this sounds like a really good deal! Otherwise I was going to pay Apple $45 to get a 250GB 5400rpm HDD but for $24 more I can get a bigger, faster HDD and I get to keep my old one, I think I might be game!
     
  12. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    It's not human to be able to hear a laptop drive. If you hear your drive, there is something wrong with it, or you.
     
  13. MattMK45 macrumors regular

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    how does ssd come into the equation then? Do they produce more heat?
     
  14. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    IDK, all these reviews either seem to whine about battery, rattle/vibration or noise. And I guess I don't have to worry about the battery if it truly has the lowest power consumption idle unless it uses a lot when revved up. Anyone know of what comparison he is talking about, I would really like to read it.
     
  15. pufftissue macrumors regular

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    Some of the 7200.4 drives by seagate are reported to be no faster. There is a firmware that seems to make the drive faster, except that you can't upgrade the firmware at all by yourself. In other words, you have to get the latest 7200.4 drive and not one of the first batches or else the drive is a total waste of money as it performs like a 5400 rpm drive and is definitely not even faster than the 7200.3 drive.

    I've not been following the thread, but if anyone can chime in let me know.
     
  16. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    If I am not mistaken, they use less power, are virtually silent in operation, and produce less heat in most cases. How much less I don't know, but you do not have to worry about it getting hotter.
     
  17. MattMK45 macrumors regular

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    Yes I thought so, because there is no moving parts, woooo! I want one really bad now but I need to wait longer for the prices to fall and storage to go up.
     
  18. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    The reviews said while it wasn't the quietest, it was pretty quiet. I don't actually have it yet...I ordered my new 2.66 MBP and that hard drive today!
     

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