MacBook Pro: Thoughts on 160 GB 5400 rpm vs 200 GB 4200rpm drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Argelius, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Argelius macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2005
    I'm trying to decide between getting a 15" MacBook Pro with the160 versus the 200 GB drives. Just curious what people's thought are the pros and cons of going with a larger, but slower drive.

    Here's an excellent head-to-head test which appears to be basically a toss up. Their conclusion:

    These latest test results reveal that,
    a) The 7200rpm drives are the fastest when empty...

    b)... but if you have 74GB of data on each of the drives, the 4200rpm drive was actually faster. That's because 74GB of data puts the 7200rpm drive at 80% capacity while the 200GB 4200rpm drive is only at 40% capacity. (See "74G Mark" graphs above.)

    I suppose this should answer my question -- but thought I'd see if anyone has other thoughts about this.

  2. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    Remember that test is for the 100GB drives. The 160GB 5400RPM is not only going to have a closer amount full to the 200GB, but it is also a Perpendicular Recording drive- which makes it even faster.

    Honestly I wouldn't go with the 200GB, though some of what I do does like better disk throughput... so it depends on your application.
  3. Argelius thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2005
    Excellent points. Thanks.
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    This trend to have your entire life on your laptop is asking for tragedy if your HD ever fails and even the best one's do.

    The 160 GB perpendicular drive is the favorite, but you'd still want a good fast external back-updrive.

    You might consider just getting the stock HD and buying a My Book Pro 250GB
    7200 RPM external drive from NewEgg.
  5. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    200GB hard drive in my MacBook Pro, and I cut HD video no less....been working great for the past couple months, no complaints. Owned MBPs with 7200RPM and 5400RPM drives, I don't notice any significant difference, except for the fact that I have a LOT more storage space than I used to.

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