HardDisk speeds

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cbell86, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. cbell86 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2007
    Im about to buy a refurb MBP and am checking out specs but i noticed that all the hard disks are 5400rpm. Does apple not opt for 7200rpm HDs?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    In the US refurb store, right now I see one of the old Core Duo 17" versions with 100GB 7200 rpm drive.

    7200 rpm drives are an optional upgrade on MacBook Pros...160 GB on the current model (2.4/2.2 GHz), 100 GB on all earlier models.

    The specs listed in the refurb section are the minimum you can expect to receive. Many users have found that they receive free upgrades (most frequently extra RAM) with machines they order. I highly doubt they'd silently bump you from, say, the standard 120 GB, 5400 rpm drive on the most recent previous model to a 100 GB, 7200 rpm drive because many people may be counting on the size of the drive. But in theory you could see a 7200 rpm drive show up unexpectedly in a model advertised with the same or lower size.

    For instance, the only Core 2 Duo models I see in the refurb store right now are the 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo models advertised with the standard 120 or 160 GB drives. These standard drives ran at 5400 rpm, but the only build-to-order option on those machines for 7200 rpm drives was the 100 GB model, and I doubt they'd surprise you with that one.

    However, if you saw the new 2.2/2.4 models pop up in the refurb store advertised with the standard 120 or 160 GB, 5400 rpm drive, you could find yourself with a 160 GB, 7200 rpm free upgrade when you open the box. But you can't count on this happening or request it.

    Sorry for the long-winded response...I'm not sure it even makes sense to me at this point. :eek:

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