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Old Apr 28th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Hey all, I going to be ordering one of the new macbook pros and was wondering if it is worth it to shell out the extra money for the 7200RPM 200GB hard drive over the standard 5400RPM 200GB hard drive?

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Old Apr 28th, 2008, 01:39 AM   #2
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7200RPM is good, but more free space on a drive is better. If you're choosing between two 200GB drives, the 7200RPM should be a decent upgrade.

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Old Apr 28th, 2008, 01:50 AM   #3
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hmmm after looking at what you linked to, im not to sure it is really worth the extra $100 Apple charges.
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Might also depend on how you use it as there's a couple potential negatives. Apparently they may be hotter and consume more (battery) power.

I did a speed check on my 2.8 Ghz iMac vs my 2.5 Ghz MBP. The 2 were quite close in speed, except the hard drive. The MBP with the smaller and slower hard drive was 1/2 the speed. Not sure how much of that a 7200 RPM drive would make up.
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Might also depend on how you use it as there's a couple potential negatives. Apparently they may be hotter and consume more (battery) power.

I did a speed check on my 2.8 Ghz iMac vs my 2.5 Ghz MBP. The 2 were quite close in speed, except the hard drive. The MBP with the smaller and slower hard drive was 1/2 the speed. Not sure how much of that a 7200 RPM drive would make up.
They also tend to be a wee bit louder, too. But the speed increase is noticeable, particularly on startup and launching applications.
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the trend is to get a FW800 esata
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Might also depend on how you use it as there's a couple potential negatives. Apparently they may be hotter and consume more (battery) power.

I did a speed check on my 2.8 Ghz iMac vs my 2.5 Ghz MBP. The 2 were quite close in speed, except the hard drive. The MBP with the smaller and slower hard drive was 1/2 the speed. Not sure how much of that a 7200 RPM drive would make up.
There's definitely a processor advantage there, the Core2Extreme vs. the Core2Duo. The 7200RPM Drive in the MBP would level things out considerably, as the iMac's Desktop-grade drive spins at 7200rpm.
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It really depends on how you intend to use the MBP and if the added speed is really useful. In my view, the standard drive is fine for most users.
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If you work with video and/or photographs/photography, upgrading to the 7200 RPM hard drive is a no-brainer. Definitely a noticeable speed increase when working with said applications and processes between the two types of drives.
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