New 15" rMBP: 2.5" vs 3.5" external HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by hieronymuspool, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. hieronymuspool macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2013
    Hi all!

    I'm considering if there are any detrimentals to buying a portable 2,5" external HD for my new 15" rMBP. Considering I'd hook-up my rMBP to its power adapter and do intensive video-editing / Photoshopping / gaming, having the 2,5" external HD suck out even more power makes me worried I'd be overstressing my rMBP. (Not in terms of blowing it up, but that the internal battery will be used to supply the extra power.)

    Perhaps, I'm wondering, it could be better to have an externally powered 3,5" HD hooked-up to my laptop - to relieve it from some stress?

    Of course, that'd mean less portability for the external storage.

    Any opinions here?
  2. Pheo macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    Max draw on a 2.5" hdd is in he region of 3-4w; it'll make very little difference.

    I would be more worried about performance and £/gb ifi were you.
  3. hieronymuspool thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2013
    Thanks for the info!

    Performance-wise, if a 3,5" or 2,5" both have USB 3 (or Thunderbolt), it'll be the same result?

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