performance boost with new hard drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Skibsted, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Skibsted macrumors regular

    Skibsted

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    I have a 2.33 MBP Intel Core 2 Duo with 3 GB RAM.
    I currently have 20 GB left on my internal hard drive and I'm about to get a bigger one (the scorpio from wd).
    My question is:
    Would I also get a performance boost when I get so much free hard drive space?

    Thanks
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well the data will be more toward the center of the platters which should allow those to be accessed faster.
     
  3. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

    Skibsted

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    Thanks for the quick reply!
    But is that performance improvement only theoretically, barely noticeable or is it something that you'll most definately "feel"?
     
  4. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt you'll see a performance difference that matters. It's mostly something that's theoretical.
     
  5. mgacam2 macrumors regular

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    From what I'v heard there is a pretty decent performance improvement. From first hand experience jumping from my 120 GB hard drive in my 2.2 SR MBP to a 200 gb 7200 rpm hard drive, the computer felt snappier and loaded things quicker. I got the 200 gb drive for free and am currently waiting for the 500 gb spinpoint from samsung that comes out this month. They may have a slower rpm but because of the density it performs better.
     
  6. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

    Skibsted

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    hmmmm ok,
    so now I have 2 contradicting answers... I can see where this is going...
    mgacam: don't you think that your speed improvement was due to the fact that you replaced your 5400 hard drive with a 7200?


    Thanks guys
     
  7. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    i think you would notice a bigger increase with a speed change more than with a capacity change. 5400 to 7200...you will see a difference. 160Gb to 250Gb i doubt you would notice anything. except the cache might be larger in the 250 which would make it a bit faster in loading.
     
  8. tip macrumors 6502

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    I went from a 100 to a 320. I noticeable performance increase (or decrease), other than the capacity.
     

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