Any reason to go with a 5400 rather than 7200 hard drive

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    53x12

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    I am looking at configuring my 15in MBP and was thinking about what hard drive to go with. I realize the 7200 will give me the added speed and performance over the 5400. However I was curious if I would add a significant increase in vibration and noise over the 5400? Since the new MBP has the 7 hr battery, any increase in battery drain of the 7200 should be offset by the battery. I am more concerned about the vibration when spinning up to speed and the noise associated with that. I wonder if the 5400 might be a better fit even if I loose some of the performance? Can anyone with experience please give me some insight? I went to the Mac store and all of the models had the 5400 in them. I wasn't able to play with a 7200.
     
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    my best advice is get the lowest priced HDD that apple offers and then put in your own. i upgraded my uMBP the 320GB 7200rpm Scorpio Black from WD and i hardly hear it or feel any vibration.
     
  3. 53x12 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That is true. I guess I could spend the $70-80 to get a Western Digital 7200rpm 320gb Scorpio Black hard drive. Or I could just spend the extra $45 and upgrade to the 7200rpm 500gb hard drive from the 5400rpm 500gb drive. Only thing is if I upgrade through Apple I would only have one drive, whereas if I do it on my own I would have an extra drive.
     
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    you can bet that the WD is going to far out perform the stock 7200rpm drive. so i think it is worth it.
     

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