Would the 7200 WD 320GB HD be better for a Photog?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wgilles, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. wgilles macrumors 6502

    wgilles

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    Right now I have a 5400 RPM 250GB that comes with the 15" MBP. I am an amateur photographer and take a lot of RAW pictures. So I am running out of space. I am going to upgrade to the 320GB Western digital, the only question is 5400 or 7200 RPM.

    I use Apple Aperture and Photoshop CS3. Will I see an improvement in speed on either program?

    Will this help write my large RAW files faster from the camera?
     
  2. Batt macrumors 65816

    Batt

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    I don't know if you'll actually see any speed improvement, but it certainly won't hurt to go with the 7200rpm.
     
  3. kalex macrumors 65816

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  4. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    For photography, you won't see much improvement unless you are trying to scroll through many pictures.

    I would recommend the 500GB drive. It's not as fast the 320GB 7200RPM drive, but it's almost as fast, and it's more spacious.
     
  5. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    as a photog I can tell you that the 7200 drive makes a difference. If you shoot raw and use aperture it loads those files quicker. I also put 4gb ram into my mbp and that's also really helped.

    So go for the largest and fastest drive you can.
     
  6. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    Seconded on both counts.
     

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