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I'm looking at getting a bigger HD for my MacBook and I'm wondering how critical getting a higher RPM HD really is if I'm not planning on gaming or anything.

Here are the RPM's of the drives I'm looking at. I'm wondering how much would I "lose" by going to a 4200 RPM HD over the 5400 RPM. For the price difference I can get a 40 GB bigger HD by going down to 4200 RPM.

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The RPM really does make a difference. Why dont you get an external?
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I'm looking at getting a bigger HD for my MacBook and I'm wondering how critical getting a higher RPM HD really is if I'm not planning on gaming or anything.

Here are the RPM's of the drives I'm looking at. I'm wondering how much would I "lose" by going to a 4200 RPM HD over the 5400 RPM. For the price difference I can get a 40 GB bigger HD by going down to 4200 RPM.

7200 RPM
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I had Windows XP on a old 5400 rpm 10 gig, and when I finally put XP on my 80 gig 7200 rpm HD XP starts at least 10 seconds quicker.

I would say its a night and day difference. How big (gig wise) of HDs are you looking at?

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The RPM really does make a difference. Why dont you get an external?
I'm planning on swapping my current 80 GB HD into an external Firewire enclosure and getting a 160 to 200 GB for my internal HD.

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I had Windows XP on a old 5400 rpm 10 gig, and when I finally put XP on my 80 gig 7200 rpm HD XP starts at least 10 seconds quicker.

I would say its a night and day difference. How big (gig wise) of HDs are you looking at?
160 to 200 GB. My Mac already starts faster than any Windows computer I've owned so I don't think startup will be much of an issue. There is a big difference in price between 5400 to 7200 RPM.




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if you are planning on going that big i would go 7200 or better


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if you are planning on going that big i would go 7200 or better
Shit. The 160 GB 7200 RPM HD is over $200




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Shit. The 160 GB 7200 RPM HD is over $200
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My opinion. I lived off laptops for a lot of years. I could not stand the 4200 rpm drives, but refused to put forth the cash for a 7200 rpm drive. I did buy the 5400 rpm drives with the xx cache. I truly do NOT recommend a 4200 rpm drive. There may not seem like a big difference between a 4200 and 5400 rpm drive, but there is for sure. If you can swing it, go ahead and get a 7200 rpm drive.

IMHO, depending on your use should be a big factor. HDD speed is important in gaming and many other things. HDD are basically one of the slowest components of a PC. If you copy a lot of files, constantly loading different apps, editing pics/vids...etc your HDD speed will directly affect how fast these things happen. Assuming a MAC operates somewhat the same as a MS PC.

Just don't get a 4200 for your own sake.

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dude dont' be cheap... you will not be happy with it!
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My opinion. I lived off laptops for a lot of years. I could not stand the 4200 rpm drives, but refused to put forth the cash for a 7200 rpm drive. I did buy the 5400 rpm drives with the xx cache. I truly do NOT recommend a 4200 rpm drive. There may not seem like a big difference between a 4200 and 5400 rpm drive, but there is for sure. If you can swing it, go ahead and get a 7200 rpm drive.

IMHO, depending on your use should be a big factor. HDD speed is important in gaming and many other things. HDD are basically one of the slowest components of a PC. If you copy a lot of files, constantly loading different apps, editing pics/vids...etc your HDD speed will directly affect how fast these things happen. Assuming a MAC operates somewhat the same as a MS PC.

Just don't get a 4200 for your own sake.
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dude dont' be cheap... you will not be happy with it!
Will I'm trying to thread the fine line between buying a size that I'll be happy with mixed in with value. 7200 RPM HD's are fucking expensive IMO! There is a big jump in price between the 5400's and 7200's. Right now I'm looking at a 160 GB 5400 RPM 8 MB Cache 2.5" SATA drive for a little over $100. Linky to the page below.

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okay why the need for a larger internal? why not a small super fast with an external? how much data do you really want to have stored on a portable laptop that is going to get droped,broke, or stolen... when you could have your crap on a slow cheap external

just my .02 and i reload my laptop a lot... id rather have a 60gig 7200rpm than a 200 gig 5400rpm.
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If you dont play games or do anything incredible then a slower rpm drive is better for your laptop. Less chance for damage due to slower rpm, less heat generated, the list goes on and on. Like most purchases it comes down to how much you want to spend, but there is a tidy increase in performance by getting a faster rpm drive. Also look at the drive cache size, the larger, the better if you end up getting a slower rpm disk.

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OK, I've got my mind set on getting the 5400 RPM drive. Just found out my stock HD is 5400 RPM and it's worked out fine for what I do so I would guess a bigger HD of the same speed will be fine.

Josh, to answer your question I mostly use my MacBook for surfing, email, and as a media center for movies, DVD's, music, and pictures. Hell I'm even thinking about getting rid of Parallels as I hardly use it now that I'm more comfortable with the Mac OS.

Lately I've been running short of HD space (down to my last 4 or 5 GB on an 80 GB HD) which is why I'm wanting to upgrade.




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For those purposes a 5400 rpm drive will be great. Pay attention to the cache, I don't know any benchmarks, but I stuck with 16 to stay on the safe side. 4200 is good for nothing IMO.

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OK, I've got my mind set on getting the 5400 RPM drive. Just found out my stock HD is 5400 RPM and it's worked out fine for what I do so I would guess a bigger HD of the same speed will be fine.

Josh, to answer your question I mostly use my MacBook for surfing, email, and as a media center for movies, DVD's, music, and pictures. Hell I'm even thinking about getting rid of Parallels as I hardly use it now that I'm more comfortable with the Mac OS.

Lately I've been running short of HD space (down to my last 4 or 5 GB on an 80 GB HD) which is why I'm wanting to upgrade.

Just for the technical side of the fence a 4200rpm drive is less likly so suffer data loss than a 5400rpm or 7200rpm due to the fact the the drive is spinning slower.Ibm released as few article's as well as some other testing places a few years back. This is mostly refering to say walking with your laptop or using in the car. Now with this said Iam very gentle with my laptop and will not use anything other than 7200rpm drives.
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dude go to frys they have all kinds of hard drives on sell right now
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I upgraded my laptop about 6 months ago to a 7200rpm 100gb internal hard-drive...and the computer does work a lot faster and I really havent noticed any more heat than what it had before with its 5400rpm 40gig it came with. I considered a 5400 120 gig but preferred a faster operating computer.

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should have bought a turbo Diesel HDD. then you could have been just as fast at lower RPM

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I'm looking at getting a bigger HD for my MacBook and I'm wondering how critical getting a higher RPM HD really is if I'm not planning on gaming or anything.

Here are the RPM's of the drives I'm looking at. I'm wondering how much would I "lose" by going to a 4200 RPM HD over the 5400 RPM. For the price difference I can get a 40 GB bigger HD by going down to 4200 RPM.

7200 RPM
5400 RPM
4200 RPM
Well the 4200 is slower but uses less power sometimes. But anyways goto www.newegg.com get a good new 5400 cheap. I suggest a Fujitsu or Seagate.
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Well the 4200 is slower but uses less power sometimes. But anyways goto www.newegg.com get a good new 5400 cheap. I suggest a Fujitsu or Seagate.
shit man, are you under the impression nobody knows about newegg? 2 threads in a day you plugged that site.

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