help: 200,7500 or 250,5600 Hard Drive questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by StellaBlue, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. StellaBlue macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    Hi folks,

    I love this forum - first time posting but been reading for a long time. Thanks!

    I'm soon to buy a MBP, and would like your opinions please on the hard drive. My first reaction is to buy the faster one. I'm a speed freak and not going to be saving too many big files. This laptop will be my second computer, I have a PowerMac G5 at home.

    I'll be using it in school - I'm a high school english teacher. Also in grad school entirely online classes. Classes are mostly posting and reading, a little video. In high school I'll be projecting movie clips and power points to my students. And using excel to keep a gradebook.

    I really don't need the extra 50 Gigs but I wonder if the fast one gets too hot or anything like that.

    Thanks, looking forward to your opinions.
  2. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2008
    Like you said, since you don't need the puny 50GB of space, then go for the 7200 200. That should speed up the boot time quite a bit. I would go for this option myself personally.

    For someone like you who doesn't save many big files, 200GB is more than enough for you most likely.
  3. chinarider macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Ditto - Go for the 7200rpm.

    Good to see another 'HOL'.

  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Given your nic, I think you need to ask yourself just one question. What would Jerry do?
  5. StellaBlue thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    Wow, Weir Everywhere... :D

    Thanks for the advice/confirmation folks.

  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Faster is definitely best, unless you really need the little bit of extra space.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    Faster Faster

    I have the 200, 7200 rpm drive -- the extra speed really makes the laptop a great deal more snapier.

    Get the faster drive.
  8. shreddy macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
    I wasn't sure whether to order mine with the 7200... does it have much impact on battery life??
  9. davinche macrumors regular


    May 3, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I think there is a small impact on battery life but I always go with the faster drive, even with slightly less space. I just like the extra bit of kick it gives the laptop.
  10. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007

    Laptop drives are really ridiculously slow anyway (compared to MacPro drives, etc...) ... so anything you can do to speed that up is WELL worth the $90.

    Do it!
  11. tmoney468 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2007
    Just as a FYI, I had a 100GB 7200 RPM drive and last night I just upgraded to a 320GB, 5400 RPM drive and I don't notice a difference between the two (I actually think it runs faster with the 320GB drive). I ran XBench and it seems to confirm what I see running it in normal use (the 320GB is faster than the old 100GB drive).

    But in your case, the 200GB drive would be better because the slower drive probably has the same platter density as the 200GB, which means the 200GB would be noticeably faster.
  12. jus407 macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    how much faster does it make boot time?

    i ordered a 2.4 with 7200 rpm hard drive, so i was just wondering
  13. cnote678 macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I am currently saving up for the new MBP and I am having the same question, 7200 or 5400. Is there anywhere online or any statistical measure of the impact on battery life? The fact that Penryn has better battery life is a big selling point to me, a reason to get the new generation instead of the previous, so I wouldn't want to shoot that down with a faster drive. Does it really make that much difference in speed? Thanks.
  14. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2008
    Something for you lot to think about.


    The numbers tell us several things:

    1. The 7200rpm internal drive is NOT significantly faster than the stock 5400rpm when doing small RANDOM reads and writes.
      That implies that it won't give you much advantage for booting and normal operations.
    2. Internal drives exhibited higher random write rates than external FireWire drives.
    3. If you work on audio or video where large blocks are captured or played back, the 7200rpm internal drive of the MacBook has a clear
      advantage over the stock 5400rpm internal drive.
    4. If you plan to connect a fast 3.5 inch 7200rpm hard drive to the FireWire 400 port of the MacBook Pro, you will lose a lot of speed
      compared to using the FireWire 800 port of the Powerbook G4.
      Thankfully, I know of at least two companies who will soon release ExpresCard/34 SATA and/or FireWire 800 products that will allow
      your MacBook Pro to enjoy truly fast external storage."
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    There is very little difference in speed between 7200 and today's 5400 notebook drives. And there is no difference in battery consumption. Unless you have a compelling reason for a 7200 rpm drive, spend your money on more capacity.
  16. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    This is the 21st century, so don't listen to cavemen :D

    50GB will not change your life, but extra speed will. Just get yourself an esata drive when your internal hdd fills up or if you need to process files >10GB on a regular basis.
  17. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Yeah go for the higher capacity 5400 drive.

    Higher data density also increases speed btw.

    A 7200 rpm drive doesn't help noise, heat or battery life.
  18. cnote678 macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks for the help. If it doesn't make that big a difference I'll go with the extra 50GB for $45-what a deal! I appreciate the information.
  19. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    When was that written? ==> Posted April 3rd, 2006, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

    Current Macbook Pros have a firewire 800 port.

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