Difference between 4200 and 7200rpm HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mulletman13, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a

    mulletman13

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    Hey all,

    I'm currently using a last-gen 1.33ghz 12" iBook with 1.5gb of RAM. I've used similarly equipped PowerBooks before, and I'm noticing that this iBook just feels a little slower overall then those have.

    Do you think if I upgraded the hard drive to a 7200rpm drive, it would improve the speed? By speed I'm talking about how quickly programs launc (when I'm multitasking), and opening menus, new tabs, etc.

    I'm also thinking it may be the FSB (which is at 133mhz), but since I can't upgrade that I don't know what else to do. Also, my 1ghz PowerBook 12" felt a bit faster -- I'm pretty sure that had a 5400rpm drive.

    Anybody have real world experience with these two drives?
     
  2. jt2ga65 macrumors regular

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    Yes, it will greatly improve the access speed of the hard drive, so it would improve the amount of time it takes to open any files or programs that involved reading data from the drive.

    This is why MOST servers that depend on disk i/o use a minimum of 10K drives, often going to 15K instead.

    They WILL consume more power, though.

    -jt2
     

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