Upgrading to 7200 HD will it compromise the baterry life ?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by NetSlave, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. NetSlave macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2009
    Hi guys im new here :)

    well i have the aluminum macbook with the standar 160 GB 5400 HD

    and im thinking in upgrade that with a Seagate Momentus 7200

    soo, how much my battery power will i loose with this upgrade ?,

    my battery life last like 3.5 to 5 hours (average tasks)

    Well thanks for your times guys :)
  2. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    not much, minimal at best. I went with a Hitachi 320Gb 7200 H.D.D. Speed difference was noticeable, then I added a 4 GB stick of Ram to go with the single 2 GB stick-Incredible. I get just about 3 hours unteathered:apple::apple::apple: BTW, welcome aboard!!!!!!!!!
  3. NetSlave thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2009
  4. mobilehavoc macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2007
    I think it makes a pretty big difference. most people I know with the same laptop as me and a 7200rpm get about 3hrs of battery life at best. With the stock 5400rpm HD in my 2.4ghz Unibody macbook (late'08) I get at least 4 hours and once got close to 5 hours. This is with WiFi on, screen brightness between 33-50% and browsing. It's a tradeoff although the impact of the 7200rpm on battery life is not as much as it used to be, it still is there.
  5. NetSlave thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2009
    i Found a few hard drives that i found can consume less power thank a 5400 HD
    can this be true /??( well they sayd i dont know)
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    go online to tom's hardware guides and he does some benchmarks between some recent 7200 drives and the 5400's. His conclusion was the difference was negligible at best.

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