Help 750GB@5400 or 500GB@7200

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gradcarrera, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. gradcarrera macrumors newbie

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    750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

    or

    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm

    which one should I get better cos they both have a same price!!!
     
  2. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

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    500GB...it will be much faster.
     
  3. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    7200rpm
     
  4. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    Why not both?

    Western Digital Scorpio Black
     
  5. jmd91 macrumors newbie

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    Definitely 500 GB @ 7200. It makes a huge difference.
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    If you need the space, get the 750 GB drive. If you don't, the 7200 RPM drive will be a bit faster but not a night and day difference.
     
  7. ranviper macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, scorpio black 750gb @7200rpm. Double win.
     
  8. Sieben macrumors newbie

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    For those of you who have/had both, do you experience a noticeable decrease in battery life with the 7200 ?
     
  9. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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  10. legreve macrumors regular

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    Get the 750gb 5400 rpm, buy an Icybox from Amazon, remove the 750gb drive from your mbp, buy a 750gb 7200 rpm (like the WD Scorpio Black) and put it in instead. Put the 5400 rpm in the Icybox and you have the fast drive with an equal sized external backup HDD. Works for me :)
     
  11. Black.Infinity macrumors 6502

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    The little speed for 7200 is not notiable
    but you will notice extra vibration and noise and lose of battery and 7200 age faster than 5400
    Go with 5400
     
  12. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    I don't have any noise/vibration issues on my 2010 MBP with a 7200 rpm 500 GB HDD. The impact on battery life would be hardly noticeable and is negligible. An extra notch on the display brightness or viewing flash content would probably suck up more juice.

    A lot of people tend to put their MBPs on sleep rather than power up/down so if you don't mind the extra 10 seconds (or whatever it is) on the initial bootup and extra few ticks on apps launch then take the slower drive. The decision between the drives would all depend on how you would use your MBP.

    Also, and generally speaking, the more data one hoards, the less likely they're going to use a lot of it. So whichever drive you choose, the importance is to have a good backup/archive strategy as all HDD can unpredictably die anytime.
     

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