Which is the faster drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jruschme, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. jruschme macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2011
    Brick, NJ
    I have a mid-2009 MBP which I am trying to upgrade with parts laying around the office. I have my choice of two HDDs:

    1) An Apple-ROM 500GB, 7200 RPM which is firmware limited to SATA-1 speed.
    2) A non-Apple ROM 500GB, 5400 RPM which can do SATA-II speed.

    So, am I better off with the faster rotational speed but slower transfer speed or vice-versa.

  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Why not try both out by installing OS X on both and try each out and decide for yourself which of the hard drives works better.

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