What is the most important factors to look at when buying hard drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BlueLAser, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. BlueLAser macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2009
    I am looking to purchase a new hard drive for notebook upgrade and was wondering what I should be looking at? Like are io operations all that important?

  2. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009

    Random write/read speed for day to day performance and sequental write/read if you deal with a lot of space. SSD's pretty much win in this category.

    Size is another factor if you're going to be storing lots of files on it

    I'm sure someone else else will chime in with other things too.
  3. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    1.) Warranty/Reliability - I've only had one hard drive fail, but they seem to be getting slightly less reliable. I stick to brands I know and don't cut corners for a good deal.

    2.) Performance - seek times, read/write, etc.

    3.) Noise issues or vibrations, heat issues (laptop drives only)
  4. shadow1 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    RRP can be factor effecting performance. Standard is 5200 rrp and 7200 rrp is performance standard.

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