Hard Drive Upgrade: 7200RPM v. 5400RPM

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by skibob1027, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. skibob1027 macrumors member

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    Illinois
    #1
    I have a Macbook with the factory 120GB hard drive. After about 7 months of use I'm almost out of space (11GB remaining) so a hard drive upgrade is going to be necessary. However, I've reached a dilemma.

    Should I upgrade to a 250GB HDD at 5400RPM or a 200GB HDD at 7200RPM? I wouldn't mind having the extra 50GB, but I don't know if I'll need it any time soon. Is there a truly noticeable difference in speed between the two? The 250GB drive is considerably cheaper ($114.99 v. $179.99), but the speed boost would be nice.

    Here are the drives that I'm looking at:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152094

    Also, if you know of any good deals on drives feel free to post them!
     
  2. Wallace86 macrumors regular

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    Jun 5, 2007
    #2
    go with the 7200 rpm. faster is better. get an external if you need extra storage (200 is plenty anyway).
     

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