Are 7200 RPM HDDs noisier than 5400 RPM?

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  1. Doju macrumors 68000

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    I've heard rumors that the 7200 RPM will be noisier than the latter. Is this true? What about noisier/hotter?

    And is it true there's no 500GB 7200 RPM MBP drive?
     
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  4. The ArchAngel macrumors regular

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    My 7200 RPM drive is no louder than any other notebook drive I've owned. It's certainly quieter than my SuperDrive, but that's another matter entirely.
     
  5. shigzeo macrumors 6502a

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    i think that hd is not available currently: usually with estimated shipping times of 20 days to 2 months. it should be out soon. it has been delayed (or 500gb 7200 drives have) since december
     
  6. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. I can't hear mine at all.
     
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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Zero vibration on mine. I can't feel or hear it, even if I lay my ear on the wrist pad.
     
  9. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Same here, my Seagate 320GB 7200 is silent and vibration free.

    Cheers,
     
  10. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I have a 320 WD Black Scorpio and even though it's fast and quiet, it definitely vibrates.
     
  11. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    sigh. mine has a definite hiss that can be really distracting in quiet environments. and it vibrates so heavily that sometimes it actually makes a sound like an electric razor.
     
  12. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    I've tried a Seagate 320GB 7200rpm and I'm currently using a Hitachi 320GB 7200 rpm, and the both are noticeably noisier than my stock 250GB 5400rpm. It's an annoyance ONLY when I'm in very quiet environments, like my room. The Seagate was the loudest, the Hitachi is better, but it consumes more energy.

    If you want performance boost, and you're sensitive to noise like me, than I would recommend you go for an SSD. Or wait a few months until they come down in price sharply. At CES SanDisk promised to some very speedy and dirt cheap SSDs to be released later this year. (I'm personally waiting for those) And if you do go with SSDs, go for trusted brands like Samsung, Intel, and probably SanDisk. There are some cheap brands out there than use slow unreliable flash chips, research reviews.
     
  13. Stang68 macrumors 6502a

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    Mine might be a tad louder than my old 5400rpm. But it really isnt anything to worry about. The speed difference is SOOOO worth the tiny bit of noise.
     
  14. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    My Hitachi 200gb 7200rpm is a lot quieter than the stock 160gb 5400 Fujitsu drive. It also doesn't make as much of a crunch when loading data.

    The only drawback is more heat.
     
  15. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Can anyone back this up? I heard that 7200s use more power then 5400. I am going to upgrade my HD to 500GB from my stock drive in the near future. If 7200s don't draw more power, I might just get one.
     
  16. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    You may loose 5-10 mins of battery. I know that my 7200 is much quieter than my old Fujitsu 5400rpm. Personally I think a 7200 drive is completely worth it.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    http://www.barefeats.com/hard96.html
     

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