what specific model HDD comes in the i7 MBP

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  1. jdhatt macrumors regular

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    im debating between the 5400 rpm and 7200rpm in the i7 15" macbook pro. anyone know the battery life, noise, and heat differences? what specific model comes with the macbook pro when getting either the 5400 and the 7200? i heard it was toshiba when i talked about the 5400 but then someone said a certain seagate model for the 7200....any opinions and answers?
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  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    There are several models. AFAIK the only 500GB 7200 RPM drive that Apple uses is the Seagate 7200.4. As for 5400 RPM, mine shipped with a Toshiba, but Apple uses other vendors too, including Seagate and Hitachi. Battery life and heat differences are minimal, but the Seagate 7200.4 is known to be noisier and to vibrate more than the 5400 RPM options.
     
  4. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    hows the speed on yours with a 5400rpm? is it still pretty fast?
     
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    Yes I would say it is. I had a Hitachi 7K500 in my previous MBP, a 7200 RPM drive, and my new one does feel a little slower with hard drive reads and writes, but not by a lot. I'm still undecided as to what I'll do, if anything, about it.
     
  6. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    what about just regular load times for programs and stuff?
     
  7. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    They didn't really feel much faster to me with 7200 RPM vs 5400 RPM.
     
  8. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmmm....i guess ill probs just stick with the 5400...and if i decide to change 7200 ill just pull the other one out and put it in an enclosure
     
  9. aixporter macrumors member

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    The lower end macbooks tend to get seagates while the higher ends hitachis

    btw. I never knew Bill Gates was existed on this board...
     
  10. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    what do u mean? the i7 comes with a hitachi?
     
  11. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I seriously doubt there's any sort of system to it.
     
  12. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    my concerns wtih getting a 7200rpm are battery life, heat, and noise while my concern with having just a 5400rpm is gaming, is it just as efficient for gaming?
     
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    Load times will be decreased slightly when going to a 7200 RPM drive, but performance in-game will not be affected in the slightest.
     
  14. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    by difference in load times are we talking like a few seconds or like 30-45seconds or like whole minutes
     
  15. raxafarian macrumors regular

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    My i7 15" came with a Toshiba (5400rpm)

    TOSHIBA MK5055GSXF
     
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    A few seconds at most.
     
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    Correct. All MacBook Pros ship with 2.5" 9.5mm-height drives.
     
  19. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

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    yup....im still trying to decide if it'll be worth it....does anyone know how the seagate 7200.4 impacts the battery life, noise and temperature? as opposed to the toshiba maybe, anyone have both or had one then upgraded?
     
  20. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    I tried a 7200 rpm drive in my old unibody Macbook and couldn't stand it for more than a couple of days. The whole laptop turned into a vibrator and it brought back memories of my old Wintel laptops where you could feel everything going on inside spinning and whirring etc. But for some people its not an issue and they will swear you cant feel/hear anything.
     
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    My i7 17" 7200 Drive is a Seagate and runs very, very quiet:


    ST9500420ASG
     
  22. jcotteri macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Bill just making sure..
     
  23. raxafarian macrumors regular

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    I'm very happy with the 5400 toshiba. I think as long as you don't load the drive more than 2/3 full it's not far behind the 7200 rpm drives.

    Personally I don't think it's worth it going to 7200 at this point in the game. Go SSD if you need more speed.
     
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    I got the 5400 solely for less heat and no noise. I got the 500GB and it suits my perfectly. Fast enough I'd say.
     
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    Exactly my thoughts too
     

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