Did I make the right choice? 5400 RPM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PinkWaters, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. PinkWaters macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2009
    I was wanting to replace my new cMBP hdd with a 1TB one, and I was torn between getting a 7200 RPM one or the slower 5400 RPM.
    But since apple ships cMBPs with 5400 RPM ones by default, i thought there may be a reasoning behind that, like more battery life, less vibrations, less noise, less heat.
    So I went ahead and ordered samsung spinpoint M8 1tb 5400 RPM one.
    Any of you guys think i made a mistake ?
  2. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    Is it your main drive?

    If so, then 7200 rpm would've probably been better.
  3. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    A 1TB 5400rpm drive would perform better than a 750gb 7200rpm in terms of speed.
  4. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    While true - the OP was asking to compare a 1TB 5400 to a 1TB 7200.
  5. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I'd say neither. I'd go for one of those hybrid drives that has an SSD cache built in.
  6. Doward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2013
    You're fine with the 5400rpm.

    Perhaps down the line, take a look at a small(ish) 250GB or so SSD for your main drive, and put that 1TB drive into an external enclosure?
  7. PinkWaters thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2009
    Honestly i don't like having more than 1 hdd with 1 partition in osx, cause i tend to have all my data organized in the home folder under music, pictures, movies, applications and some other folders I created under the home folder :/

    And that alone makes me don't like the idea of having a main drive and a data drive.
  8. nickandre21 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2012
    well if you do not work on apps that require alot of hard drive usage like video editing or sound then the 5400 rpm is good enough.
  9. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Yup. Bear in mind the seagate momentus xt 750gb is 7200, and the new 1tb version is 5400 but it has more SSD cache.
  10. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    You can make a fusion drive :) That is where the Mac makes a partition with the two hard drives as one. It picks and chooses what files you use most and puts them on the SSD
  11. Livewings macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    Horrible decision. You should have gone with an SSD. Just return it and spend the money to get a 1TB SSD. It's dirt cheap now. :)
  12. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Well, if the OP isn't really going to use up all that space a Samsung 840 EVO would've been an excellent choice instead!
  13. comics addict macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2013
    Guys I don't think it's reasonable to expect the OP to return a 1TB 5400rpm to get a 1TB SSD that costs upwards of $600 while his first buy might not even cost over a hundred. Let's keep it within the confines of the topic of this thread, folks. :cool:

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