noticeable diff between the 7200rpm 320gb HD vs the 5400rpm model?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 212rikanmofo, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    Can anyone here tell me if I will see much difference between these 2 drives? Is it worth the $50 upgrade in price to switch to the 7200rpm one? I use my computer mostly for graphic designs, aperture (post processing of RAW files), and ocassionaly for video editing, encoding and garage band, etc...

    if there's a substantial difference, I will call Apple and make the change, if not then I can save $50 towards a 500gb 7200 rpm drive later down the line.
  2. eldy macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    The City
    If you're going to upgrade in short term, save the $50. If you're going to upgrade in long term use the $50.
  3. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    If I were you, I'd keep the $50 for now and buy a Seagate 500GB 7200RPM drive - More capacity and it's noticeably faster :)
  4. magallanes macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    South of Jurassic Park

    pros :speed

    cons: heat, prone to fail and more expensive. But currently some 7200 hd are near if not equal to 5200 about security.
  5. fartheststar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2003
    Other folks are saying: Save the $50 and put it towards a 500gb hard drive.
    If you don't need a 500gb hard drive as your main disk, the reason I said "yes" the total cost is less....

    +50 = 7200 RPM 320 Gig HDD
    -50 = 5400 RPM HDD, and you probably have to spend more than $50 somewhere else for a different hard drive, then - if you were to replace it in your computer, you have a second hard drive with poor speed sitting around doing nothing.

    If you're going to get into video editing though, you'll need an external HDD for the scratch disk hooked up by firewire 800 and an internal one for the program, both of which I'd run at 7200 rpm. Until then, my advice is to start with the 7200 rpm disc in the mac.

    I like to keep things simple - and everyone has a choice lol.

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