Dumb Question about 7200 RPM Drives

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by thecoard, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. thecoard macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2008
    Hey guys, quick question.

    I know its dumb, but to make sure-the Macbook can handle a 7200 RPM drive right?

    And if so, would you go with a 200GB 7200 RPM drive or a 5400 RPM 250GB drive? They're about the same with my Best Buy employee discount...so lend me some advice!
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Yes, 7200 rpm drives are fine. I'd take a 200/7200 over a 250/5400, but I would take a 320/5400 over a 200/7200.
  3. Kalafut macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2008
    my 7200 works just fine!
  4. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
  5. jvlog macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    most people say get the 7200 RPM drive but when i got my MBP 50 extre gigs sounded more useful to me than the extra speed, so if there almost the same price I'd say just go with what ever you think would be more useful.
    apple notebooks are already fast as hell to begin with
  6. fewture macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2006

    you will notice the speed and appreciate it.

    And yes its fine
  7. foshizzle macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2007
    I'd Wait until these 320gb 7200 come out. Fujitsu, WD, and seagate have all announced them for release this summer.
  8. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    will a 7200rpm drive work in an iBook G4 12" (circa november 2004)
  9. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2006
    McKinney, TX
    My macbook loves 7200, but my battery hates it! :p

    It's not too big of a difference in battery life, u should be alright
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I don't think there are any 7200 rpm PATA notebook drives made. It would take one if you can find one.
  11. Deej macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
  12. Smighty24 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    what is the max HD size you can put in a macbook??? and what would be a good HD to get???
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Depends on the metric you're interested in and the platter density.
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The largest currently available is 500 gb Samsung.
  15. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    The new Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 requires no more power than a 5400 RPM drive. It also has a 16 MB cache. I have one ordered for my MBP.
  16. dal20402 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    There are 7200 rpm PATA drives around, but not in sizes bigger than 100 GB.

    On modern high-capacity drives, 7200 rpm only makes a small difference in raw transfer speed. The bigger difference comes from the lower latency. So you'll notice more difference in boot times and application launch times than you will in file copies.
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    That's interesting to know. Where could I find one?
  18. rowr macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2007
    Absolutely. I have a Hitachi 7K200 160GB disk and the difference is like night and day. The best money I have spent on peripherals.
  19. ifanmartin macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
    is PATA same as IDE?
  20. marco007 macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2006
  21. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    For all intents and purposes, yes.

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