MacBook Pros Hard Drive Battery Usage - 5400 RPM HD vs 7200 RPM HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by J71, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. J71 macrumors member


    Jul 19, 2008
    I am going to be purchasing my first MacBook Pro in the near future. One option I would like opinions on is the hard drive speed choice.

    Anyone that has had a hard drive upgrade with past MBPs observed a noticeable decrease in battery life for choosing a 7200 RPM hard drive over the 5400 RPM drive? I wouldn't do anything but casual web browsing via WIFI and use a bluetooth mouse or just run basic programs and not anything that is to CPU intensive when on battery power.

    Thank you in advance for your opinions.
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    7200RPM will use a bit more power and create a tad more heat, but just a little that you really won't notice it.
  3. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    drain is going to be barely noticable. however in your case i don't see a point in getting 7200 rpm drive

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