upgrade to serial 7200 on MBP I5 2.4 for 150 dollars ?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Colben, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Colben macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    Hi all,

    I read all the threads about 5400 HDD vs 7200 but the upgrade is always for 45 dollars and maybe worth it.
    But on the I5 2.4 it would cost 150 dollars. So worth it or not ?
    Is the serial HDD 5400 (hitachi or toshiba) better than the 7200 (seagate)?

    I don't want heat, noise or vibrations...
    I 'm planning to run final cut on it but the seller at mac said that I should stick to 5400 which surprise me, now I'm confused.
    Money isn't really an issue but maybe I should buy the standard and wait 6 months for an affordable SSD.
    In that case, can I put the 5400 in EXTERNAL by firewire and use it to work with final cut.

    thanks for helping a noob

  2. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Im kind of in the same boat. I ordered one with 7200 and although It will probably be fine I am worried that there will be noise/heat/vibration and POSSIBLY decreased battery life and then I will have to ship it back and wait another few weeks for a replacement.

    Or I could just go to the apple store and get a 5400...and maybe replace it somewhere down the line with an SSD or faster 7200...but I probably never will so I think I'll just wait for the 7200 : ) It's been a battle.
  3. nimski62 macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2008
    You can buy a 7200rpm for under a hundred dollars. Therefore it's not worth it for $150, you can sell your 320 or keep it as back up. It's worth 50-75.
  4. mattrothcline macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Any hard drive will be operating well within its thermal envelope inside your laptop.

    If any hard drive makes noise or vibrates then it is either improperly installed, in which case you need to have it serviced, or it is about to fail, in which case you need to have it serviced.

    7200 RPM disks consume *at most* 10 watts more power than 5400 RPM disks. That means, worst case scenario, over an 8-hour charge you'd lose about 15 minutes of battery life from the faster disk. Which is effectively negligible.
  5. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    It costs $45 to upgrade the 15" to 7200.
  6. Colben thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    Thanks for the fast answers to all.
    @ Osreth, yes 45 dollars for you but 150 in MBP 2.4 I5...so a lot more.
    Any return about final cut running with 5400 ?
  7. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    I did order it from Apple. I haven't heard anything about final cut but I will tell you that my good friend runs final cut very often with his MBP from early 2009 with 5400 and he does fine. I think a lot of us tend to opt for more power that we will hardly ever notice the difference in haha.

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