How much difference does a 7200RPM drive make?

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  1. mklnz macrumors regular

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    Just wondering if any of you guys have tested a 5400 and 7200 side by side and did some comparisons?

    E.g how much faster does it boot up compared to a 5400rpm drive ?
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

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  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    the answer is: not much. i replaced a 5400rpm drive with a 7200rpm drive before and everything 'felt' the same. it wasn't until i upgraded to ssd that i was able to see a huge difference, so skip 7200rpm and go straight to ssd if you really want to see a difference.
     
  4. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

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    My experience has been there is a noticeable different between 5400 and 7200. I have SSD however at the moment.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    In my experience it made a noticeable improvement but I think its a combination of the speed and the particular drives involved. One added benefit, the 7200RPM 320GB Seagate I installed uses less power than the 5400RPM 250GB Western Digital I replaced.
     
  6. gabe90 macrumors member

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    So am I correct in thinking that if my HD fails in the next few years on my new MacBook, I will be able to replace it with a SSD HD? If so, that's really awesome considering how fast SSD prices are dropping.
     
  7. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    yes that's correct. apple has made it incredibly easy to replace the HD on the new MBs. If price is a concern, waiting will only help you as more companies improve their SSD technologies and price falls.
     
  8. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    On my Windows laptops I've noticed a 5-8 second improvement in boot times when I use 7200 rpm drives. I think the faster drive is going to give me a bigger boost in performance than adding more than 2 GB of RAM. I only use a couple of Apps at a time so no page outs.

    I opted to buy a 7200 rpm drive from newegg. First thing I'll do is swap the drives. The drives are really not that expensive ~$100 so I think that it is worth it especially now that it is so easy to replace the hard drive--Thank you Apple!
     
  9. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Any 500 Gb 7200 rpm HDD out there for the MBP ?
     

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