Samsung 1TB 5400RPM or WD Caviar Black 750GB 7200RPM

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  1. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking to upgrade my WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM drive with a bigger one, in my 2011 MBP 15. The Samsung and WD Caviar Black are the two drives I read about most on this forum and are recommended the most. I'd like 1TB but don't want to spend $200+ on the Seagate 7200RPM. Both the Samsung 1TB 5400RPM or WD Caviar Black 750GB 7200RPM are $110.

    Would I suffer noticeable performance loss dropping from 7200 to the 5400? Any recommendations for one over the other?
     
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    There is a minor drop in going from 750/7200 to 1000/5400 obviously. However, it's quite minute. But on the same wavelength, unless you have 600+GB of data, you probably won't need the 1TB anyway, more of a just in case thing.

    Basically, if you don't have at least 500+GB of data, or plan to accumulate that much within 3-4 years, there's no reason to get the 1TB as of now anyway.

    Furthermore, you need to consider the fact that if you have over 200+GB of media, it's probably worth it to invest in an external anyway, and those are much cheaper and of much higher capacity than internal HDDs.
     
  4. JoJoCal19 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You're actually right. At present I have somewhere north of 200GB in media and that's going to go higher. I've been looking at NAS or External RAID 1 HD's but with the cost, I've decided to just build a Win7 file server for backing up data.

    The reason I want at least 750GB is to install Bootcamp and give it like 200GB for the partition.
     
  5. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

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    You can/should partition storage as FAT32/exFAT. Then read/writeable via both Windows and OS X (and in the case of FAT32, Linux as well).
     
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    The Seagate 1TB 7200RPM wouldn't work in any laptop anyway, too thick.

    I had a 750GB Seagate 7200RPM and switched to 1TB Samsung 5400RPM, since I sold the old to offset the new, figure I might as well have both Samsung drives. Performance is no different IMO, it's just storage. Plus, the only 1TB that will fit in my OptiBay (9.5mm). Fast though, faster than most 5400RPM drives and rivals some 7200RPM drives.
     
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