750GB 5400rpm vs. 500GB 7200rpm

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aoaaron, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. aoaaron macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2010
    which one shall i get? both are the same cost to me since im getting the 15'' 2.2ghz model.

    i was going to get the 128gb ssd but it would warrant either:
    1) using external harddrives which i'd need on 24/7 and are very unreliable
    2) optibay kit which voids my warantee - i dont see any laptop as that durable since ive fried every single one i've used so big nononononono.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    OptiBay does not void your warranty unless you break something while doing it. If it goes bad, just put the SuperDrive back in and send it to Apple. They won't notice any difference.
  3. wheezy macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    What do you need more of, speed or storage? Personally, I'd go with speed. My wifes' 2008 MBP 15" came with a 4200(!)rpm drive, it drove me CRAZY. The second the RAM needed to start paging out to the disk it became slow as a turtle. Boot-up took forever, and nothing opened quickly. I finally put a 640GB Samsung F1 7200rpm drive in it and it literally doubled the speed, if not more. It achieves about 90MB/s read/write speeds.

    If you can't tell, I'd personally go the 7200rpm route.
  4. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Go with the 7200. You'll be glad for the speed over a 5400.
  5. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    There are already a few threads running with the same (or similar) question. It might be worth your while checking them out and posting in those threads.

    As for 7200 vs. 5400? Well, that depends on your usage.
  6. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003

    SEARCH is your friend.
  7. nrmillions macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2008
    Boston, MA
    i would go with the 500gb 7200rpm drive. its a free upgrade and 500gb is still a decent amount of space.

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