Mac Book pro HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jamesW135, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2005
    Interested in buying a MBP is there a big difference in HD speeds from 5400 to 7200? Any help Thank-you:)
  2. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    Hard Disk Drive

    I thought you were asking about a High Definition version of the laptop. You might wanna change the title to help get an answer.

    I think there'll be a difference if you're using HDD intesive operations - but someone with more laptop knowledge will be able to say more.

    Id upgrade if it were me.

  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I reckon there would be, especially with Rosetta. I'm not totally up with how it works but I know it loves RAM and if it had to page things in and out of the HDD it would be preferable to run a faster disk.

    It's a toss up really, outright speed or extra capacity. I figure you can always get a really good external drive and as such I'd put a 7200rpm drive in - the MacBook Pro is meant to be the best so I'd put the quickest you can get into it.
  4. Malcster macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    Stick the quickest you can in it, the extra 20 gig is nowt if your serious about storage, plus the difference in power required for a 7200 is *tiny*, will have no serious impact on your MBP's battery life.
  5. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    7200 RPM all the way. If you need a desktop replacement then it is essential.
  6. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2005
    Well. 5400 might be okay for me because:

    All I do is light Photoshop

    Some Imageready

    I'm having 2.16Ghz and 2 gigs of ram

    my old mac was an iBook G3 with 500Mhz and 640 ram.:eek:
  7. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    If you are gonna max it out anyway, I'd add the 7200RPM drive for the added resale value later.
  8. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I heard that the 7200rpm drive is good for lots of small files, while the 5400rpm drive is good for less files but of bigger space.

    Then again, it could be the reverse.
  9. plinkoman macrumors 65816


    Jul 2, 2003
    New York
    definitely go with the 7200, you wont regret it. [​IMG]
  10. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    well if you are putting that much down for basically the top of the range machine, what will the bit extra be to get a faster hdd. if you dont get it ou will regret it! i regret not getting the faster hdd when i got my pb (mainly bacause i didnt know what the extra speed would add!)
  11. netb0y macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2004
    I got a 7200rpm drive in the last rev 15" G4 Powerbook and the drive was LOUD! I could hear basically every read/write that was preformed. I eventually returned it because of the noisy HD and the horizontal lines issue (mostly because of the lines issue, I could have lived with the noisy HD).

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