Will the 500gb 5400 RPM be faster than 320gb 7200 rpm?

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  1. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking to upgrade my hard drive. I currently have early 2008 mbp with 200gb 7200 hd. It's just completely full right now.

    Any recommendations on which one to get? also. would 500gb 7200 rpm one come out anytime soon?

    Lastly. what can be used of with my old hard drive? :apple:

    Thanks
     
  2. crazyrog17 macrumors regular

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    I hear 7200 IS coming out soon, but to answer your question.

    To the best of my knowledge, the 200GB 7200 will be faster because of it's rotational speed.

    The 500GB 5400 has more data packed more densely on the platters so the data will be running by the head at a faster rate than we know for lesser density disks; theoretically 500GB 5400 could be just as fast.
     
  3. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm. i have like 0kb's on my laptop right now.. it's running slow.. to say the least haha. but yea. Hopefully it comes out soon.. if not i might just end up getting the 320gb 7200
     
  4. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    p.s. the 500gb 7200 would theoretically fit in my 15inch macbook pro right? i don't have a 17 inch
     
  5. crazyrog17 macrumors regular

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    Yes, it will fit. I don't know of any SATA 2.5" hard drives that are more than 9.5 mm in hight (the standard).

    If you've got no room left on your hard drive, you need to free some up! You'll immediately see speed improvements because the file system needs room to shuffle and play.

    If you're unloading a truck and need what's in the far back of the trailer to go first into the warehouse, you need somewhere to set all the things that come out first.
     
  6. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea. I know. I have like 80 gigs of music.. and 40 gigs go to my windows partition and 20 goes to my photos..
    Zilch :(
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The Hitachi 5K500.
     
  8. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It says I need phillips #0 screw driver and Torx T-6.
    I don't need the phillips #00?
    Thanks
    Is it easy to break something in the process?:eek:
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    #0 and #00 is very similar; you could try using the #00, but be careful not to mess up the head.
     
  10. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm. ok. thanks! Now just to decide to get 320 7200 or wait for 500 7200.. the 320 one is less than 100 bucks right now. I wonder how much the 500gb 7200 will cost.. any thoughts?
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The preorder on OWC is $160 plus shipping.
     
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  13. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Newegg has the 500GB 7200 in stock for $139 with free 3 day UPS shipping.
     

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