HD upgrade, noticeable performance gain?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robvas, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Anyone who has upgraded from the stock HD to a 750GB or 1TB HD, did you notice a big performance difference? Do you have to jump up to 7200RPM?

    I know an SSD will be much much faster but they don't make 1TB SSD's for $79 :)
     
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    The higher platter density of large-capacity HDDs will make some difference in terms of performance, but the 5400 RPM speed will still be limiting. Jumping to 7200 RPM will help, but not tremendously.
     
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    Nothing feel any faster. The only difference is copy tasks of archive extraction all else (and even that) is too little to notice if a difference can even be measures.
    7200rpm lower latency slightly but it is often more a placebo effect if anything is felt at all, you gain more form a hybrid drive.

    If you come form a really old small slow hdd like from a 2009 and older model a new hdd may help. Bigger also helps keep you more on the outer tracks of the hdd which are faster. The inner tracks which are often in use on almost full hdds are usually only half as fast as the outer ones. On Windows there is some software that shuffles infrequently used data to the inner tracks and leaves the outer tracks for important stuff.
    SSDs again have the benefit of being everywhere equally fast.
     

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